Miles of Hope/HRRA free rowing classes for breast cancer survivors

Miles of Hope and the Hudson River Rowing Association are collaborating to offer free dry land rowing classes to all breast cancer patients and survivors.
“Medical experts, doctors, cancer researchers and specialists all agree now that exercise after breast cancer is good for the patient both mentally and physically,” explained Miles of Hope Executive Director, Pari Forood.

According to an article in BU Today, “Studies show that exercise benefits breast cancer survivors,” says Michael Stone, chief of surgical oncology at Boston Medical Center and a School of Medicine professor. “Exercise improves breast cancer survivors’ quality of life,” he says. “In the old days, they were told not to exercise, but I think that has been largely debunked. It helps with confidence and body image, and they feel better.”

Kimberly Kochem, Our Lady of Lordes crew coach, will lead the classes for breast cancer survivors at the Hudson River Rowing Association Boathouse.
“Kimberly came to me with this idea a few months ago and I thought it was brilliant,” explained Ms. Forood. “She is a former Marist rower and a rowing coach and the perfect person to lead/teach this class. We are honored and grateful to collaborate with Kimberly and the HRRA on this class for breast cancer survivors.”

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WHEN: All Tuesdays in September: 9/ 6, 13, 20, 27
TIME: 7:30-8:30 p.m.
WHAT: Dry Land Rowing Class for Breast Cancer patients and survivors
WHERE: Hudson River Rowing Association Boathouse, 270-272 N Water St, Poughkeepsie, NY 12601
(845) 206-4765;
COST: Free to all affected by breast cancer
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Dragon Boat Race and Festival 2016

DDBF_Poster_Small_PhotocopyThe Dragon Boat Race and Festival on July 23, at the Hudson River Rowing Association Boathouse, 270-272 N Water St, Poughkeepsie, will benefit both the Miles of Hope Breast Cancer Foundation and Arts Mid Hudson. The day long celebration and competition will feature 8 dragon boats transported to the Hudson Valley by 22 Dragons of Montreal, Canada. Individual paddlers as well as corporate teams will compete on the Hudson River from 8:00 – 3:00.

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Festival details: While the Dragon Boat Races proceed on the Hudson River, the Festival runs along the shore. Master Kwan returns for the third year to perform the Lion Dance for the opening and closing ceremonies. The Roadhouse Roosters will perform on the main stage this year, bringing uptempo boogie, blues and rock repertoire with electric and acoustic slide guitar.

Under the festival tent there will be art demonstrations by local artists and experiential stations for origami, kite making, calligraphy, and dragon face painting for children. Local artists will demonstrate and exhibit their art, and the Chinese food arts will be demonstrated for all to see how to make dumplings, spring rolls and other Chinese delicacies. Community groups will be present to share information on their services. The festival also includes local food vendors serving up fresh treats, including Twisted Soul, YumYum Noodle truck, Lemon Love, Nino’s Big Bite, Tea Talk, Reggae Boy, and Carole’s Hot Dogs. The culmination of the day will be the presentation of the Dragon Boat racing awards by Dutchess County Executive Marcus Molinaro.

Car Meet Raises $5500 for Local Breast Cancer Programs

Andrew Flynn lost his mother to breast cancer when he was in high school. He combines his love for cars with his memories of his mother and organizes the Lake Effect Car Meet every year to raise money for the Miles of Hope Breast Cancer Foundation.
At the James Baird State Park, 200 cars jammed the parking lot to talk, compare vehicles and network about parts, bikes, trucks, and all things motorized.
“Andrew does this all on his own,” explained Miles of Hope Executive Director, Pari Forood. “He organizes the event, publicizes it on his popular fb page and raises money for us so that we can help people affected by breast cancer in our Hudson Valley.”
Miles of Hope, a 13 year old public charity based in Dutchess County, funds support services and outreach for people affected by breast cancer within the 8 counties of the Hudson Valley.

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photo: Best car, Mike Janos with his 1990 BMW M3
photo: Best bike, Curt Case with his 2015 Honda Grom
photo: Andrew Flynn, Pari Forood in front of 2015 Best Car
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John Jay Softball Honors Miles of Hope

Bonnie Muller’s daughter, Ally Muller, is the pitcher on the John Jay softball team.
“Every year, the girls decide to raise money for a local charity that means something to them,” she explained.
“For the past few years it was Miles of Hope because of all they do for people affected by breast cancer here in the Hudson Valley.” As a team parent, Mrs. Muller helped to organize fund raising efforts with the soft ball team.

Coaches, Mike Crocco and Ken Schaeffer, fully supported the teams fund raising efforts through bake sales, 50/50 raffles, and t-shirt sales. “Goal Evolution Athletic Supply in Hopewell Junction donated a portion of their t-shirt proceeds to this donation,” explained Coach Crocco.
In the photo, the John Jay softball team presents Miles of Hope Executive Director, Pari Forood, with a check for $1300.
“I hugged every girl on the team (2nd photo) to thank them for this wonderful donation,” explained Ms. Forood.
“Every one of them knew someone, whether it was a relative or a teacher or a friend’s parent or grandparent, with breast cancer. They know that their hard work will directly help people with breast cancer right here in their community.”

Miles of Hope Announces Sunday’s Brunch Program

At the Miles of Hope Annual Spring Brunch on Sunday, May 1, at the Grandview in Poughkeepsie, IBM will make a presentation on how breast cancer treatment is impacted by Watson Health; Nettie Womack and Patty Nelson, breast cancer survivors and activists in the African American community will be honored; and seven scholarships will be awarded to area high school seniors whose lives have been affected by breast cancer.

Pari Forood, Executive Director of the Miles of Hope Breast Cancer Foundation said: “Our program is full of informative, educational and heartwarming elements. We are expecting over 400 guests, all in pink, to honor and remember those affected by breast cancer in our Hudson Valley.”

“We are excited about the IBM presentation. In a nutshell, Watson Health gathers patient data and compares these against known cases. It then provides a report detailing options for individualized treatments.”

Nettie Womack and Patty Nelson, sisters, breast cancer survivors, and activists in their African American community, will be honored at the Brunch for reaching out to this minority population at church and social gatherings through their Women of Faith Health and Wellness Ministry. Congressman Chris Gibson, NYS Senator Sue Serino, County Executive Marcus Molinaro, and Mayor Rob Rolison will all be presenting commendations to the Honorees.

The Brunch will also highlight local high school seniors receiving scholarships to college:

Thanks to our major sponsors WMCHealth, and Health Quest.

And to all sponsors: James J. McCann Charitable Trust, Arnoff Moving and Storage, Hudson Cadillac/Buick/GMCPremier Medical Group, Hudson Valley Federal Credit Union, Hudson River Fruit, Marcia Brady Tucker Foundation, C2G Environmental, Jane W. Nuhn Trust, Dr. Joel Canter, Poughkeepsie South Rotary Club, Millman Harris Romano Foundation, Race for the Cure, Judelson Giordano and Seigel, Berkshire Hathaway, Caremount Medical, D’Arcangelo, Advance Testing, North River Abstract, Monica and Jacob Frydman, The Kapstone Corporation, Williams Lumber and Home Center, Rose and Kiernan, Poughkeepsie Journal, Dutchess Pro Print, Harold Albinder, Brookside Meadows, NY Design Center, Dana and Ira Effron.

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