Hoops for Hope Women’s Basketball Tournament March 15

Sunday, March 15, 2009 marks the day for the 4th annual Hoops for Hope Women’s Basketball Tournament benefiting the Miles of Hope Breast Cancer Foundation.

The tournament will be held at Marist College at 9:00 a.m. using 10 half courts for 3 on 3 competitions. Forty teams will participate. Spectators are welcome.

Foundation Founder Cathy Varunok said: “All of the sports competitions that we sponsor are designed to be a friendly message emphasizing the benefits of exercise to all women. Goals for Hope Women’s Soccer Tournament in August and this basketball tournament are not about winning or losing, but about participating and recognizing that we can be proactive about our health.”

Tournament Chairman Maureen Seipp remembers playing basketball in high school as a highlight of her adolescence: “I always loved basketball and the camaraderie with my teammates and I have missed it since high school. With this tournament we have attracted everyone from former college players to basketball moms who are tired of sitting on the sidelines. Most have a connection to breast cancer and they are either playing in honor or memory of a loved one or friend.”

This year Miles of Hope honors Mary Ann Leddy, mother of a staunch Miles of Hope volunteer Shannon Leddy, and a 25 year survivor of breast cancer. Mary Ann was diagnosed at a time when medical technology and programs were not as advanced as they are now and survival was not an automatic outcome. She too is a fighter and an inspiration to us all, raising a family, volunteering in her community and reminding us that nutrition and exercise – taking care of yourself – are key components to a long and healthy life.

The Miles of Hope Breast Cancer Foundation is a 501(c)(3) non-profit public charity with a mission to fund support services for people affected by breast cancer in the Hudson Valley, NY.

For more information: Maureen Seipp – 845-705-8024 or Cathy Varunok – 845-464-6882

Visit the Hoops for Hope page on

Hoops for Hope

Miles of Hope 5th Annual Brunch – May 3rd at the Grandview Honors the Dyson Foundation

The Miles of Hope Breast Cancer Foundation 5th annual Brunch on May 3, 2009, at the Grandview in Poughkeepsie will honor Rob Dyson and the Dyson Foundation. Over 400 guests are expected at 11:00 a.m. at the Grandview for a Silent Auction, brunch, a slide show of the past year’s activities and the presentation of an award to Mr. Dyson representing his family foundation.

“We have chosen to honor the Dyson Foundation this year because of their enormous impact on this community,” Dana Effron, Co-founder of Miles of Hope said. “They are the definition of philanthropy and have helped so many organizations in the Hudson Valley including Miles of Hope.”

The Dyson Foundation supports the Medical Gap Care Fund, conceived and administered by Miles of Hope. The fund provides emergency financial aid for people in treatment for breast cancer who cannot pay a bill not covered by insurance. Cathy Varunok, Miles of Hope Co-founder and administrator of the program explained that the Dyson Foundation grants allowed the program to grow and to help hundreds of people.

“When we first came up with the idea of helping people in treatment for breast cancer who were strapped because of their medical costs, we didn’t know the form that the program would take. Now with help from six social service agencies, we have given away hundreds of thousands of dollars to people for rent, food, heat and reimbursement for expenses not covered by their insurance. This is one of the pillar programs of Miles of Hope and it is needed now more than ever. The Dyson Foundation, through three generous grants, helped us to help even more people in treatment for breast cancer.”

The Miles of Hope Breast Cancer Foundation is a 501(c)(3) non-profit public charity established to provide funding for programs and services supporting those affected by breast cancer in the Hudson Valley.

“All money raised in the Hudson Valley stays in the Hudson Valley helping our friends, colleagues and family,” stated Lisa Arnoff, Brunch Committee Chairman.

Learn more about the brunch and buy a ticket.

Spring Brunch 2008

Miles of Hope Annual Appeal

We won’t beat around the bush. People with breast cancer need help now more than ever.

Our Medical Gap Care Fund provides emergency financial assistance for people in treatment for breast cancer who cannot pay a bill. It is administered by six social service agencies to service eight counties. We pay for expenses like transportation, fuel oil, rent, food, and clothing for children, medical expenses not covered by insurance, and phone bills. We like to think we replace some of the hope lost with some of the hope we have stored up from seeing all of you at our fundraising events: Hoops for Hope Women’s Basketball Tournament, The Spring Brunch, Family Fun Run, Goals for Hope Women’s Soccer Tournament and the Community Walk for Breast Cancer.

Every $100 you donate will help your friends, neighbors and family get treatment and fight breast cancer with dignity.

A donation of $100 = 1 week of co-pays for radiation treatment
A donation of $250 = 12 round trips to and from treatment
A donation of $500 = 5 screening mammograms for the uninsured
A donation of $1000 = 1 month’s rent for someone in treatment who cannot pay their bills because of high medical costs

Thank you for helping us help as many people as possible. Please make your donation by credit card on our page by clicking here. Or mail a check to:

Miles of Hope Breast Cancer Foundation
P.O. Box 405
Lagrangeville, NY 12540

Cathy Varunok, Co-Founder; Dana Effron, Co-Founder; Pari Forood, Executive Director

Local Author Donates Book Sale Proceeds to Miles of Hope

Karen ManeriAuthor Karen Maneri, a five-year breast cancer survivor and author of Reflection of a Survivor, donated proceeds from the sales of her book to Miles of Hope Breast Cancer Foundation. She presented a check to the foundation’s co-founders, Dana Effron and Cathy Varunok.

Learn more about Karen’s inspiring book at her website,

Photos of Walk for Hope 2008

Walk for Hope

The Community Walk for Breast Cancer on September 28, 2008 was a great success with over 400 walkers helping to raise $40,000. We honored Alice Scheff, metistatic breast cancer survivor and we recognized her special form of breast cancer with a City of Poughkeepsie Proclamation declaring October 13, 2008, Metistatic Breast Cancer Awareness Day. Thank you to all participants and all businesses who helped make the day a great success.

What a fantastic Walk for Hope! Join us again next year.

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