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Cancer patient receives wig made from nurse’s hair

According to an article in the Poughkeepsie Journal, Poughkeepsie resident and breast cancer survivor Kim Ross has been presented with a wig made from hair donated by her nurse Erika Hernandez, who works in the Dyson Breast Center at Vassar Brothers Medical Center.

The wig was crafted by Wigs by Angelline of Poughkeepsie and paid for by Miles of Hope,

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Kick-off for Breast Cancer Awareness Month at Poughkeepsie Journal Courtyard Sept. 10, 2015

october-awareness-logo-medCome to the Press Conference and Kick-off for Breast Cancer Awareness Month, 2015. This free event will take place on September 10 at 11:30 AM in the Poughkeepsie Journal Building courtyard, 85 Civic Center Plaza, Poughkeepsie, NY.

Miles of Hope Breast Cancer Foundation has sponsored this for a number of years, and it is popular. The local charity’s Executive Director, Pari Forood, Dutchess County Executive Marc Molinaro, Dr. Kari Reiber and NY State Senator Sue Serino will be making brief remarks. Senator Serino will also present a check to the Foundation Co-Founders for breast cancer support programs funded in a Senate bill which she sponsored.

Afterwards the elected officials and Miles of Hope volunteers and breast cancer survivors will walk around the block surrounding the city municipal buildings to illustrate the benefits of exercise and adoption of a healthy lifestyle to reduce cancer risk.

All elected officials are invited to attend as well as all members of the public.

The 13th annual Hudson Valley Community Walk for Breast Cancer will be held Sunday, October 4, 2015 at James Baird State Park in Pleasant Valley, NY. More about the Walk.

Update Sept 10: Here is a video of the event!

Family Creates Scholarship Fund for Miles of Hope


L-R: Maryellen Benecke Dolan, Cathy Benecke Varunok, and Jeanne Benecke Corcoran

The Benecke family was devastated by the loss of their brother, Michael, to lung cancer on July 29th of this year. In his memory, they are honoring him with the Michael Benecke Scholarship Fund for students whose lives have been affected by breast cancer. The fund will be administered by the Miles of Hope Breast Cancer Foundation, which supports breast cancer programs within the eight counties of the Hudson Valley.

“Michael was a very special person. Education was very important to him, and he advocated for people who were disadvantaged and underserved. He was hard working and made his family laugh right up until the end,” said Cathy Benecke Varunok, co-founder of Miles of Hope.

“Our family has been devastated by cancer. My sister died after a breast cancer diagnosis when she was in her 30s, and my mother had the disease as well,” Mrs. Varunok said. “We wanted to remember Michael by establishing this scholarship fund in his name to help students with a financial contribution to their education.”

Mrs. Varunok started the Miles of Hope Breast Cancer Foundation ten years ago with co-founder Dana Effron to address some of the holes in the system which left breast cancer patients and their families without support.

The Foundation has four pillar programs which are funded annually: the Medical Gap Care program, helping people in treatment with a financial emergency; a peer-to-peer hotline, connecting newly diagnosed patients with trained survivors; scholarships to high school seniors whose lives have been affected by breast cancer; and Complementary Medicine programs like massage, acupuncture, exercise, music, dance and art therapies.

Miles of Hope and Marist enter into Agreement

MaristThe Miles of Hope Breast Cancer Foundation and Marist College have announced a partnership to offer reduced tuition for all non-discounted graduate and adult undergraduate programs to Miles of Hope employees and volunteers. According to the Marist office of Graduate Programs, “a 25% discount will be granted to those who are pursuing full-time or part-time graduate or adult undergraduate (age 22+) studies online or on campus.”

“We are honored that Marist has chosen to partner with Miles of Hope to allow our employees, their families and our volunteers this discount,” said Pari Forood, Executive Director of Miles of Hope. “There is nothing more important than getting a great education, and Marist is a jewel in the education crown here in our Hudson Valley.

For the third year in a row, Marist’s online MBA program was ranked among the top 50 graduate business programs in the nation in U.S. News & World Report. Marist was the first college in New York State to gain approval to offer its entire MBA and MPA programs online.

Marist offers both on-site and online courses and programs for adult learners:

  • 30+ undergraduate degrees
  • 3 bachelor degree completion programs, 1 of which can be completed online
  • 4 undergraduate certificate programs
  • 12 graduate degree programs, 6 of which can be completed online
  • 2 advanced certificates, both of which can be completed online

“I hope many of our staff and volunteers will take advantage of this discount,” continued Ms. Forood, “a graduate degree from Marist will enhance any resume and increase job prospects.”
Marist will host an information session open to the public on Saturday October 25th at 10:00 am at the Lowell Thomas Building on their main campus.

For more information email or call 845.505.8267

Hits for Hope Honoree Featured on FOX Wendy Williams Show Oct 1

During the month of October, The Wendy Williams Show will be doing makeovers for breast cancer survivors in honor of Breast Cancer Awareness Month.

On October 1st, Wendy will kick off this series with the Miles of Hope, Hits for Hope Softball Tournament Honoree Melissa Zehr of Dutchess County.

It is a LIVE broadcast to air Wednesday – Oct 1, 10:00 am on FOX.

Read about Melissa on the Hits for Hope homepage: