Miles of Hope Announces Grants to Hudson Valley Community
The Miles of Hope Breast Cancer Foundation has announced the awarding of $125,500 to local agencies and non-profits for programs and services to help people affected by breast cancer within the 8 counties of the Hudson Valley.
Now in its 10th year, Miles of Hope has given away over $1.5 million in grants to alleviate some of the suffering associated with a breast cancer diagnosis.
“We have been embraced by the community in our efforts to help people affected by breast cancer,” admitted Miles of Hope Executive Director, Pari Forood. “At all of our events, including the upcoming very popular Annual Spring Brunch on May 4, at the Grandview in Poughkeepsie, we are reminded of how important our programs are to anyone diagnosed with breast cancer as well as their family, friends, and colleagues.”
“This is the first round of funding,” explained Chairman of the Miles of Hope Board of Directors, Cathy Varunok. “We look at grant applications from non-profits which fit our mission as well as annually funded programs. The Foundation will consider other applications in July during the second round of funding.”
$106,500 was granted to 4 social service agencies in 4 counties to help administer the Medical Gap Care program. “This program is for individuals who are faced with life emergencies and/or costs not covered by health insurance while they are undergoing treatment for breast cancer,” explained Ms. Forood. “It is open to residents of one of the 8 counties of the Hudson Valley.”
$4000 was granted to complementary medicine programs, funding an educational program for Rockland County members of the Hasidic community at high risk for breast cancer, and Sparrow’s Nest which provides meals for families affected by cancer.
$15,000 was awarded to fund the Peer to Peer hotline for recently diagnosed breast cancer patients enabling them to speak with a trained survivor. “The Peer to Peer hotline – 800-532-4290 – is a source of comfort and solace to anyone who has received a diagnosis and doesn’t know where to turn,” explained Ms. Forood. “We are grateful to the community for supporting us so that we are able to grant this money to those who need it.”