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Pink Friday in Warwick raises $1000 for Miles of Hope

pink friday checkThe merchants of Warwick, NY banded together to create PINK FRIDAY to honor Breast Cancer Awareness Month and the Miles of Hope Breast Cancer Foundation.
In the photo, Tim Mullally, owner of Style Counsel and Blue stores in Warwick, and organizer of Pink Friday, presents Miles of Hope Executive Director Pari Forood with a check for $1,000 for support services for people affected by breast cancer within the 8 counties of the Hudson Valley.
“This was the 2nd Annual Pink Friday,” Mr. Mullally said, “and we can’t wait to do it again next year!”
Thank you Tim Mullally and all of the Warwick merchants, you allow us to further our mission and help those who need us.

Click to read more about Pink Friday 2013

Team SFH/Molloys Raises $10,000 for Miles of Hope!


SFH-Molloy2013Team St. Francis Hospital and Molloy’s Pharmacy raised $10,000 for the Miles of Hope Breast Cancer Foundation in honor of the Community Walk for Breast Cancer at James Baird State Park on 10/6/13.  Flanking Miles of Hope ED in the photo are from l-r: Mary Luvera, SFH Cancer Center; PF (pink shirt, blue skirt); SFH Physical Therapist Dori Kerner; SFH Human Resources, Wendy Devens.

“Money keeps pouring in from the extraordinarily generous employees of these two iconic Hudson Valley organizations,” said Miles of Hope Executive Director, Pari Forood. She continued: “At the Walk, St Francis/Molloy’s Team was the largest team with 74 walkers and they raised the most money as well. We are indebted to all of these committed and motivated fund raisers; they understand how important our mission is and they help us directly by allowing Miles of Hope to support people in treatment for breast cancer right here in the Hudson Valley.”

SFH Human Resources Director Wendy Devens explained that the funds were raised throughout September in preparation for the Walk: “Money was raised through a lottery basket raffle, bake sales, candy sales, condo raffle, walkers & general donations,” she explained. “Every year we get ready for the Miles of Hope Walk and SFH employees get involved by creating various ways to raise money. So many of us have been affected directly by breast cancer that it is natural for SFH and Molloy’s to want to help.”

Miles of Hope Thanks Sponsors, Volunteers, Vendors, and Donors

Survivors at the Fun Run

Survivors at the 2013 Family Fun 5K Run/Walk

Lori Decker and the Miles of Hope 5K Event Committee would like to thank all our fantastic sponsors, volunteers, vendors, and those who donated anything and everything (food, gift certificates, raffle items, etc.) to make our 10th anniversary a success.  We raised almost $20,000, thanks to everyone who helped and participated.  We would also like to thank the Town of Union Vale Town Board and Rob Mattes, Director of Parks & Recreation, for letting us use beautiful Tymor Park as our venue since 2009.

Photo shows survivors and number of years of survivorship in parentheses:

Back Row, left to right: Sarah Herman (5), Connie Haven (11), JoAnn Dourdis (16), Dina Scecchitano (7), Donna Milano (5), Bernadette Pikul (4)

Front Row, left to right: Sheila St. Onge (1), Joan Matheis (1.5), Diane White (1 – 2013 Honoree), Lynne Kopac (10), Sue D’Angelo (4.5)


Adams Fairacre Farms Pin Up program raises $10,000+ for Miles of Hope

Adams Pinup Program

Miles of Hope’s Pari Forood, (navy blue sweater, far right) with Poughkeepsie Adams winning cashier Roe Annunziata (green Adams shirt), Adams Manager Jenn Noll (pink shirt) and other members of the Adams team.

Adams Fairacre Farms raised over $10,000 during a Pin Up program at all four locations in honor of the Miles of Hope Breast Cancer Foundation. As an incentive for cashiers, the Poughkeepsie Galleria donated $100 gift certificates to the cashier who raised the most donations. Pictured with Miles of Hope Executive Director Pari Forood, (navy blue sweater, far right) is the Poughkeepsie Adams winning cashier Roe Annunziata (green Adams shirt) and Adams Manager Jenn Noll (pink shirt).

Every year, Adams runs a pin up program to honor Miles of Hope.

“This year was our most successful year ever for the Pin Up programs,” explained Jenn Noll. “All of the cashiers got very competitive with each other and Miles of Hope is the beneficiary!”

“We are indebted to all 4 Adams locations for their dedication to the cause of breast cancer awareness,” said Pari Forood. “The donations from this program will go to support services for people affected by breast cancer in the 8 counties of the Hudson Valley.”

Family Fun 5K Run/Walk Photos and Thank You!

Family Fun Run 2012

Family Fun Run 2012

Thanks to everyone who came to the 2012 Family Fun 5K Run!

Tag yourself on the Family Fun Run photos on Facebook.

Photos are available in the Miles of Hope Photo Gallery and on Shutterfly (Bob Kopac, Deb Pierantozzi).

The survivor group photo has been posted.

Times are posted on the MHRRC website.

Miles of Hope Thanks Volunteers, Vendors and Supporters

It takes much effort on the part of many dedicated volunteers, vendors, and contributors to result in a successful Miles of Hope race. Many thanks to all of these who devoted so much energy and time to making this event a success. We appreciate your support of local families touched by breast cancer.


Laurissa Agosta (5K Committee)
Nicole Alger and the Marathon Project
Chip Blue
Claude Bodley
Amber Campanaro

Miles of Hope Wins ElfWorksLane Egg Decorating Contest

ElfWorksLane Eggs

An Entry in the Egg Decorating Contest

ElfWorksLane has announced that Miles of Hope Breast Cancer Foundation is the winner of their First Annual Egg Decorating Contest!

The funds for the award were raised by a silent auction for the eggs.

ElfWorksLane,  “the cutest little vintage and consignment shop ever”, is located at 2 Lagrange Avenue, Poughkeepsie, NY, phone (845) 485-5202. Click to see their Facebook page.

A great fundraising idea! Many thanks from Miles of Hope.

East Coast Salon Raises $2500 for Breast Cancer Programs


East Coast Salon Staff

The East Coast Salon, 2776 West Main St. Wappingers Falls, NY, raised $2500 for the Miles of Hope Breast Cancer Foundation during a cut-a-thon held at the salon.

“We have a few clients who have had breast cancer and we wanted to do something special for them as well as for this worthy local charity,” Sue Gasperini, owner of the salon said.

“We came up with the idea of a cut-a-thon along with pink hair extensions and the staff was very excited.”

Miles of Hope is a 501-c-3 public charity with a mission to fund support services for people affected by breast cancer in the eight counties of the Hudson Valley.

“When Sue called to say they had raised over $2000, we were so impressed!” stated Miles of Hope Executive Director Pari Forood. “Many salons in the Hudson Valley run promotions for us especially during October, Breast Cancer Awareness Month and this year with 20 salons participating we received more donations than ever before in the foundation’s eight year history.”

Miles of Hope has given away more than one million dollars in eight years for support programs for people affected by breast cancer in the eight counties of the Hudson Valley.

“Pin up program” at Adams Adams Fairacre Farms raises funds for Miles Of Hope


The Miles of Hope Breast Cancer Foundation received a donation from all three Adams Fairacre Farms stores from a pin up program the stores ran in September and October.

Poughkeepsie, Newburgh and Kingston Adams Fairacres Farms donated $6400 to Miles of Hope from donations made while customers were checking out with their groceries.

Adams Fairacre Farms

Cashiers and employees of Adams Fairacre Farms Poughkeepsie pose with Jen Noll (red shirt, long blond hair on right; and Cathy Varunok, Miles of Hope Co-Founder in black pants suit on far right)

“Adams has been running this program for us for a couple of years each September and October,” explained Pari Forood, Miles of Hope Executive Director.

“This year, through the extraordinary efforts of Jen Noll and her team of cashiers, they were able to increase their donation considerably from last year’s $4200 donation. We are very grateful to everyone at Adams who helped us to raise this money in September and October, Breast Cancer Awareness month,” she said.

Jen Noll, Adams Human Resources Asst Director, explained that AT&T donated a smart phone as an incentive for the cashiers. “When the cashiers saw the prize for the cashier who encouraged the most donations, they really stepped it up,” she said.

“We can’t wait to add Wappingers (the new Adams location due to open shortly) to the mix next year and increase our donation to Miles of Hope,” she said.

“Adams Fairacre Farms has been generous to us since our inception,” explained Cathy Varunok, Miles of Hope co-Founder. “They donate food to Goals for Hope in August and help us with other events as well. We are indebted to them for their support throughout the years.”

Walk for Hope Photos Posted

Dana Effron, Lucille Chiocchi

Miles of Hope co-founder Dana Effron (left) hugs Walk honoree Lucille Chiocchi.

Photos from the Community Walk for Breast Cancer last weekend have been posted online. Click to see the photos.

We had 600+ walkers & raised more than $60K. The St. Francis team triumphed again for size and fund raised!

If you attended, click to review the event on

Thank you to all the donors, sponsors, volunteers, walkers and organizers! What a great day!

Faces of the Walk – This Walk is Your Walk


The 9th Annual Community Walk for Breast Cancer is on Sunday, October 2, 2011 at James Baird State Park in Pleasant Valley, New York at 9 AM. Online registration ends at midnight Thursday, 9/29 (see below for online registration). But if you miss the deadline, you can still register at the event on Sunday – arrive at 9 AM.

Walker and Sponsor
Barbara Dudley, Houlihan Lawrence Real Estate“I love to walk at the Miles of Hope Community Walk for Breast Cancer every year! My colleagues and I from Houlihan Lawrence get a team together and walk in honor and memory of friends, family and neighbors. Our corporate office sponsors the event. We do something good for our community while getting exercise on a beautiful fall day.” – Barbara Dudley, Brokerage Manager, East Fishkill office, Houlihan Lawrence Real Estate

Fund Raiser
“I am happy to donate the money from the Mother’s Day baseball event hosted by my son’s travel team, the Orange County Bombers-Blue. Please accept our heartfelt thanks for all the hard work the foundation does to assist and support those women and families affected by breast cancer.”  Michael Colotti, Newburgh, NY

Road Markers
St. Francis Hospital road markers Cathy Varunok, Miles of Hope Co-Founder and Occupational Therapist at VBMC and St. Francis hospitals was honored at the Community Walk for Breast Cancer by her Movement in Dance Class in 2010.

Last day to order road markers: Thursday September 22. Order a road marker now.

“Last year, Miles of Hope paid for my transportation to and from my chemotherapy. I would not have been able to get to my treatment without this money. God Bless you all.”
Rita, Mamaroneck, NY

scholarship recipient“I was thrilled to receive the 2011 Miles of Hope scholarship. I am currently in college in Boston studying theatre and dance and feeling very grateful for your support. When my mother died of breast cancer, I was unsure of the path my life would take, and now I feel I am on a course for success and happiness. Thank you!” – Victoria Arico

2011 Honoree
“Life is what you make it. I feel you have to have hope and love.”

Lucille Chiocchi, breast cancer survivor and 2011 honoree for the Community Walk for Breast Cancer

Dori Kerner, St. Francis Hospital nurse“Last year we had 76 people walking and we won the prize for the team with the most walkers. We all had such a great time that this year we are going to have twice that many!”   Dori Kerner, St. Francis Hospital nurse

Community Walk for Breast Cancer Sunday October 2

Walk Registration: $25 – click to register for the Walk

Road Marker $150 in honor or memory of someone [order a Road Marker now] Last day to order a road marker: Thursday Sept 22

T-Shirt Sponsor: $500 – (Company name on official Walk t-shirt)

Event Sponsor: $1000 – (Company name on official Walk t-shirt and all pre-Walk publicity

Donate any amount. To sponsor a team or individual, click “Search” at the top of the donation page.

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