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Miles of Hope Awards Scholarships to Dutchess, Ulster, Orange and Westchester Students

Miles of Hope, the Hudson Valley’s only local breast cancer foundation, announced today the awarding of scholarships in 4 counties, to high school seniors whose lives have been affected by breast cancer.

“High school seniors in Dutchess, Ulster, Orange and Westchester Counties received scholarships for college,” explained Executive Director Pari Forood.
“Their academic performance, extracurricular activities and breast cancer volunteer activities are exemplary. Plus their essays showed us how their lives were affected by breast cancer sometimes in heartbreaking ways with the loss of a loved one,” she continued.
Miles of Hope Scholarships:
  • General Scholarship: Scholarship awarded to students affected by breast cancer.
  • Betty Benecke Memorial Scholarship: Students meeting the Miles of Hope scholarship criteria and pursuing a career in the arts. 
  • Betty Howard Memorial Scholarship: Students meeting the Miles of Hope scholarship criteria and who plan to pursue a healthcare related field of study.
  • Michael Benecke Memorial Scholarship: Students meeting the Miles of Hope scholarship criteria and reflect Michael’s values of the importance of higher education and social justice.
“My family has endowed these 3 scholarships in memory of my mother, Betty Benecke; my sister, Betty Howard; and my brother, Michael Benecke,” said Cathy Varunok, Co-Founder of Miles of Hope. “My sister and mother both had breast cancer and they are the reason for starting Miles of Hope with Co-Founder Dana Effron. Everytime we help a student who has been touched by this disease, I think of my family and how proud they would be to know that we are making a difference in young lives.”
The Scholarships will be awarded at the Foundation’s Annual Spring Brunch on May 1, at the Grandview in Poughkeepsie.

MoH Scholarship Awardees

Senator Serino Announces $20K for Local Breast Cancer Programs

sue serinoNew York State Senator Sue Serino announced a $20,000 grant to the Miles of Hope Breast Cancer Foundation, a regional charity which funds support services for people affected by breast cancer within the eight counties of the Hudson Valley.
“After 11 years, Miles of Hope has given away over $1.2 million to programs and outreach and education helping all of our neighbors, family and friends affected by breast cancer. I am especially proud to announce that I was able to secure $20,000 for Miles of Hope for their Medical Gap Care program providing financial assistance to people in treatment for breast cancer in Dutchess and Putnam Counties,” said Serino. Continue reading Senator Serino Announces $20K for Local Breast Cancer Programs

Millbrook Foundation Awards Miles of Hope $15,000

thank youThe Miles of Hope Breast Cancer Foundation announced today the awarding of a grant for $15,000 from the Millbrook Tribute Garden, Inc. of Millbrook, NY. The donation is to provide support to breast cancer patients and families in the Towns of Washington, Amenia, Stanfordville, and Pine Plains.

“We are indebted to the Millbrook Tribute Garden for this generous grant,” said Pari Forood, Executive Director of Miles of Hope. “It will enable us to reach out to the people affected by breast cancer in the eastern part of Dutchess County.” Continue reading Millbrook Foundation Awards Miles of Hope $15,000

Miles of Hope Awards Grants to Local Organizations in Dutchess, Ulster and Westchester counties

10YearsStampThe Miles of Hope Breast Cancer Foundation announced today the awarding of grants to local organizations for breast cancer programs and services.

“Our mission is to fund local and regional non-profits to allow them to go into their specific communities and alleviate some of the problems and issues confronted by people affected by breast cancer,” Pari Forood, Executive Director of Miles of Hope explained.

“We receive many grant applications for funding, and we award grants in two cycles, twice a year, in February and July.”

“At this grant cycle, we are delighted to fund the massage therapy program at Vassar Brothers Medical Center. $10,000 will enable them to offer free massage to people pre and post-surgery in their Cancer Center.”

After an initial grant from Miles of Hope, VBMC was able to start a massage therapy program three years ago which has now grown to include a research study with additional funding from Yoplait, to determine the benefits of this therapy on breast cancer patients.

“We were thrilled to be at the cusp of this program partnering with two Health Quest hospitals (Putnam Hospital Center has a Miles of Hope funded massage therapy pilot program currently running) to help breast cancer patients and offer this ancillary care to them,” Ms. Forood said.

A $5000 grant was awarded to Gilda’s Club of Westchester for breast cancer outreach support programs at their location in White Plains, NY. This is a new program for Gilda’s Club and it will provide emotional and educational support to women diagnosed with breast cancer, especially minority women who lack health insurance.

The NYS Minority Health Surveillance Report (Dec. 2010) indicates that the rate of breast cancer mortality inWestchester is higher in the African American population (28.2 per 100,000) than in the White population (24.8 per 100,000), with a rate of 17.6 per 100,000 in the Hispanic population.

“Lessening the care gap that statistically affects minorities is a priority of Miles of Hope,” explained Cathy Varunok, Miles of Hope co-founder and Occupational Therapist. “This program will directly help women of color in Westchester and Putnam counties especially: Yonkers, Mt. Vernon, Ossining, Peekskill, and White Plains.”

A third grant was awarded to Breast Cancer Options of Kingston, NY for a metastatic breast cancer retreat at the Omega Institute. $2,750 will allow BCO to run a retreat for women with metastatic breast cancer focusing on their specific needs and concerns.

Miles of Hope to Receive Pillars of the Community Award Nov. 2

pillars2013The Greater Hudson Valley Family Health Center will host the 14th Annual Pillars of the Community Awards Gala on Saturday, November 2, 2013, 6-11 PM at Anthony’s Pier 9, 2975 US Route 9W South, New Windsor, NY [map]. Nearly 400 community leaders and friends will honor distinguished individuals and organizations who share a vision of improving the community. Miles of Hope Breast Cancer Foundation will be presented with a Distinguished Service Award.

For more information download the flyer, call 845-220-3152, or email