may, 2019

04may9:00 am1:00 pmFamily Fun RunA family 5k at the park to raise funds for the Foundation.

Event Details


16th Annual Family Fun Run/Walk – Saturday, May 4, 2019

Our 16th year and more than a quarter of a million dollars raised!  Mother Nature cooperated with overcast skies, no rain, no wind, and perfect temperatures for running!

For the 5K, 96 runners and walkers crossed the finish line, and 16 kids ran their 1-mile race.  In the 5K, the top female (and 5th overall) was Rose Tullo (22:14:66, F44), and the top male (and 1st overall) was Chris Wimmers (20:34:71, M49).  For the 1-mile kids’ race, Noah Mellen “scorched” the course and was first with a time of 6:18:18 (M12).  The top female (3rd overall) was Summer Kristoferson (7:25:04, F8).

OUR 2019 HONOREES – Keri Newsham


It was a hot, sticky July morning and I had just climbed into bed after a long night shift. July 15, 2011, the date that would divide my life going forward, before cancer versus after cancer. Sleep wasn’t to be found as I waited for my biopsy results. I knew in my heart before she told me, invasive breast cancer. I had just earned my RN license that winter and was settling into life as a bedside nurse, excited for where that path would take me. It was supposed to be a time for growth and beginnings. With that call, many dreams were put on hold in exchange for endless appointments, research, three surgeries and 6 months of chemo. Being diagnosed at 32 presents a unique set of challenges and tough decisions to make. I didn’t have a family yet, would I ever? After the treatments, what is normal? It was a very dark, isolating time. I’m grateful for my entire care team and for Miles of Hope. The services they provide to local survivors are so vital.

As I come up on my 40th birthday, I want to thank my family for bringing me back to life. They supported and believed in me in a way that I wish everyone could experience. I’ve been blessed with 8 wonderful years of survivorship. In those 8 years I met and married my loving husband Mike and we have two beautiful girls Shelby, 4, and Avery, 2. I’m back to working full time as a bedside nurse and I can’t imagine doing anything else. This disease takes many things from us, but hope lives when we show up for each other.

Michelle Haass

I first became director of the Miles of Hope Family Fun  Walk/Run 16 years ago when my Mom was diagnosed. Never did I ever think my little  sister Michelle Haass would also be diagnosed years later. They are both very strong women and inspire me every day. Michelle is mother to my nieces, Alex and Samantha, who are 5 year old twins. As if that is not challenging enough while going through 4 surgeries thus far, they are also special needs. With much love and support surrounding Michelle, she will  conquer this battle. Along with the twins running the kids 1 mile, Michelle and Jim will walk the 5k on May 4th. Thank you to The Miles of Hope Family for all you do!

Lori Cassia-Decker



Caption: Christina Schubert (1 year), Amberlynne Hadigan (1 year), Connie Haven (17 years), Rachel Ross (7 years), Joanne Dourdis (21 years), Samantha Scotti (8 years), [in front of Samantha] Lynne Kopac (16.5 years), Keri Newsham [2019 Honoree] (8 years), Michelle Haass [2019 Honoree] (1 year), Michi Decker (5 years)

Link to Bob Kopac’s photos on Shutterfly

Link to race results:

5K Results

Kids Results


  • Sponsors:
    • ABC: Signs, Awards and Printing
    • Assogna Endodontic Specialty Group, DDS
    • The Bagel Shoppe
    • Christopher James DJs
    • Jeffrey Feldman, Attorney-at-Law
    • Feldman Physical Therapy
    • Forza Fitness
    • Greenbaum Optometry
    • Health Quest
    • House of Nutrition
    • Bob and Lynne Kopac
  • Town of Union Vale
  • Civil Air Patrol
  • Food and Beverages
    • Adam’s Fairacre Farms
    • The Bagel Shoppe
    • Millbrook Deli
    • Stewart’s – Millbrook
    • Tops – LaGrange
  • All who donated: dollar donations, food, volunteer time and effort
  • All who attended/participated


(Saturday) 9:00 am - 1:00 pm


Tymor Park