Year-End Giving Campaign supporting Miles of Hope Breast Cancer Foundation
Miles of Hope Breast Cancer Foundation

Support our Campaign

Here is some welcoming good news!

In 2020, an unprecedented pandemic year, Miles of Hope has helped 2,200 people affected by breast cancer within the Hudson Valley; Dutchess, Orange, Ulster, Putnam, Westchester, Rockland, Sullivan, Columbia and Greene counties, including:

  • 700 women in treatment for breast cancer with their bills and finances, transportation to and from treatment, wigs, medical expenses, food and gasoline;
  • 1500 people with advice and counsel from the Peer to Peer Hotline (800-532-4290);
  • 14 college-bound students affected by breast cancer with scholarships.

Here are the facts:

  • Because of COVID-19, one third of Americans have missed scheduled cancer screenings which means in the next decade, the lack of screenings could result in 10,000 excess cancer deaths;
  • Minority women, young women (ages 18-39) and women diagnosed with stage 3 or 4 breast cancer are more likely to have financial difficulties due to their diagnoses;
  • Minority women with breast cancer are less likely to have insurance, creating further financial hardship.

The case for supporting Miles of Hope is clear. We are here for anyone diagnosed with breast cancer who needs help.  In 2020, we granted $265,000 to individuals and programs helping those affected by breast cancer, and the need will only continue to grow.

You can help. Please donate so we can continue to do our great work! 


The Founders and the Board of Directors sincerely thank you and wish you a happy and healthy holiday season.

The Miles of Hope Breast Cancer Foundation was established in 2004 to fund support services for people affected by breast cancer in the Hudson Valley. The Foundation was started by Dana Effron and Cathy Varunok, two community activists who saw a need for increased services for people with breast cancer. Much of our fundraising is event driven, however, due to COVID19, our 2020 events were limited.  We were very fortunate to have hosted several virtual events, but hope to reach out and have a successful Year End Giving Campaign to help generate much needed funds we were unable to raise this year at live events.  

All funds raised in the Hudson Valley are used to support programs in the Hudson Valley. Some of the current programs funded by the Miles of Hope Breast Cancer Foundation include:

Complementary Medicine
– this includes funding of massage therapy, Reiki, acupuncture, music therapy, exercise/dance, and art therapy programs to enhance recovery.

Scholarships for college-bound high school seniors whose lives have been affected by breast cancer. Scholarships are given in all nine counties.

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.
Peer-to-Peer – a program uniting recently diagnosed breast cancer patients with trained survivors.