Hoops for Hope

MarchMar 15 2019 08:30am - 02:00pm



***Meet our Hoops for Hope 2020 Honoree below.***

Important Announcement:

In light of the current public health situation, Marist College has placed restrictions on the use of their facilities. As a result, it is with great disappointment that we announce that our event cannot be held as planned on March 15, 2020.

We were so looking forward to this event and the opportunity to celebrate Doreen Ricci and all who we play for.  Marist College is committed to our Foundation and to our Hoops event and is looking forward to working with us to reschedule at a later date.  We are hopeful that we will be able to hold Hoops 2020 in the near future.

Please stay tuned for updates. We will share information regarding a new date as information becomes available.

Thank you for your continued support. We are grateful for our Hoops family and all who support this event.  We will be back and will look forward to seeing you at Hoops for Hope 2020.

Introducing our 2020 Hoops for Hope Honoree, Doreen Ricci.

Doreen is 51 years old, was born in the Bronx, raised in Westchester County and has lived in Hopewell Junction since 2002. She graduated from Marist College, has worked in marketing and sales and also has waitressed locally. She is the mom of 2 daughters, Sara and Heather, and partner to her "rock" Ted.

In 2016, Doreen was diagnosed with Triple Negative Breast Cancer (TNBC) Stage 1A. Though she has a family history of hormonal breast cancer, no one had TNBC. A year later, after a double mastectomy and treatment, Doreen was diagnosed with a recurrance staged at 2B. Many surgeries, chemotherapy and radiation followed and in June of last year, she was diagnosed with Stage 4 Metastatic TNBC. Doreen has endured 10 surgeries and over 9 different types of chemo drugs in just 4 years. As of today, she is not a candidate for the available immunotherapies but hope that will change soon.

Treatments are not easy and affect Doreen significantly both physically, mentally and emotionally. It can be brutal. She acknowledges that her cancer also has impacted the lives of all around her who love and care for her. She knows her recovery will be ongoing and she will manage it however she can, as long as she can. She takes nothing for granted and reminds herself why she does this. For Doreen, "it's about life and the will to live."

Doreen decided, after her initial diagnosis, to share her story publicly on social media. Her Facebook page is "The Show Must Go On." My personal journey ROCKIN thru TNBC (please visit it!). She did this at first to communicate with her loved ones and update them on her treatment. She also wanted put a face to the disease and create a legacy that will endure.

What she could not have expected was that in documenting her journey, she would find healing and support for herself, especially in the low moments, but also found that she inspired others through her honesty and experiences. This has resulted in women taking better care of their health and getting screenings themselves. She also realized that she was a writer and loved writing.

In her words "I have made myself completely vulnerable to the ugliness of the disease, but also the beauty of it as well. I know I am loved and am so thankful and blessed for the kindness people have shown me over the years."

This self described music lover and free-spirited, fun-living and fun-seeking woman is grateful for her family, friends, and strangers that have become friends, for their comfort and strength.

We, the Miles of Hope 2020 Hoops for Hope Committee are grateful to them for nominating such an honest, positive strong fighter.

Doreen...we honor you on Sunday, March 15th, 2020 at Hoops for Hope and every day. Welcome to the Hoops family.

We hope you all will read share Doreen's story and come out and PLAY WITH US on Sunday, March 15th or cheer Doreen and the players on from the stands at Marist College. Tip-off is 9am. REGISTER A TEAM BY MARCH 1ST.

About Hoops for Hope

The 14th Annual Hoops for Hope Men's and Women’s Basketball Tournament will be held on Sunday, March 15, 2020, at the McCann Recreation Center at Marist College in Poughkeepsie.

Hoops for Hope is a 3 on 3 charity basketball tournament with a mission to raise funds for the Miles of Hope Breast Cancer Foundation. There are competitive and non-competitive divisions.

Miles of Hope is a local, not-for-profit charity that benefits individuals and families affected by breast cancer who reside within the 9 counties of the Hudson Valley, New York. Every dollar raised for Miles of Hope stays here in our community, supporting our families, friends, neighbors and colleagues. Miles of Hope programs include, but are not limited to, a Medical Gap Care Fund for individuals who are faced with life emergencies and/or costs not covered by health insurance while they are undergoing treatment for breast cancer, scholarships for college bound students whose lives have been affected by breast cancer, complementary medicines which are therapeutic treatments that enhance a patient's recovery, and Peer to Peer, a program which provides one-on-one counseling services to recently diagnosed breast cancer patients by trained survivors.

Sign In Begins at 8:00am / Tip-off at 9a.m.



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