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 2021, while still feeling the effects of a global pandemic, Miles of Hope has helped over 2,000 people affected by breast cancer within the Hudson Valley; Dutchess, Orange, Ulster, Putnam, Westchester, Rockland, Sullivan, Columbia and Greene counties, including:

  • 500 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);
  •  10 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 2021, we granted $250,000 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.

School Communities support Miles of Hope

Our 2019 Community Walk for Breast Cancer

High School students fundraising for Miles of Hope

Pink Out Games raise money and awareness

Elementary students supporting the cause

Marist College community supports Miles of Hope

Miles of Hope strong!

Community organizations share our mission

Friends and family gather to support Miles of Hope

Messages of Hope

Supporters sharing their love for Miles of Hope

Pink looks good on everyone

Kym Douglas sharing some love

The Miles of Hope Breast Cancer Foundation was established in 2004 to fund support services, education and outreach for people affected by breast cancer in New York's 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. ​

All funds raised are used to support programs in the Hudson Valley and directly assist those right here in our community whose lives have been affected by breast cancer. Some of the current programs funded by the Miles of Hope Breast Cancer Foundation include:

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.

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

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