Spring Brunch Raises $150,000 for Miles of Hope Breast Cancer in the Hudson Valley NY

miles of hope spring brunch 2013

Miles of Hope Co-Founders Dana Effron & Cathy Varunok; Karol Iapoce; & Exec Director Pari Forood.

The Miles of Hope Breast Cancer Foundation raised $150,000 on Sunday May 5, 2013, to benefit funded programs for people affected by breast cancer in the 8 counties of the Hudson Valley, NY.

“This was a great day!” exclaimed Executive Director Pari Forood. “Our attendance topped 450 and our speakers were incredible.”
The first speaker, Karol Iapoce, is a one year breast cancer survivor who took advantage of the Miles of Hope-funded acupuncture program to relieve back pain which resulted from her chemotherapy.

“I was in pain constantly during my immediate recovery,” she said, “however, after the acupuncture my back pain was eliminated and I felt a general sense of well-being I had not felt since my diagnosis.”

The second speaker was Syracuse University senior and Spackenkill H.S. graduate, Clarice Muron-Bendaoud, who lost her mother to breast cancer when she was 13 and benefited from the Miles of Hope scholarship fund.

“I became a part of the Miles of Hope family when I wrote the essay explaining how breast cancer had affected my life,” she explained. “Now that I am in college and looking back on that difficult period of my life, I can only thank Miles of Hope for turning something horrible into something redeemable.”

Miles of Hope is a 501 (c) (3) public charity with a mission to fund support services for people affected by breast cancer in the 8 counties of the Hudson Valley. “All money raised in the region stays in the region,” explained Ms. Forood.

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