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

Support our Campaign

Thank you. 

Yes, just simply thank you for your support, for your trust in us as stewards of your donations and thank you for helping us make a difference in our Hudson Valley for people affected by breast cancer.

October was busy. It’s not only Breast Cancer Awareness Month but it is also a chance for anyone who knows anyone touched by breast cancer to speak up, reach out, raise money and make a statement about how sometimes our neighbors need help.

You are telling us that “Nothing feels better than knowing exactly who your money is helping.” 

So here are some examples from thank you letters we have received from Hudson Valley breast cancer patients.

  • "Miles of Hope does a lot.  It is so appreciated and helped me!"  Collen M., Poughkeepsie

  • "I want to personally thank you for the monetary support you provided to assist in paying medical expenses for my cancer treatment."  Donna V., Newburgh

  • "Thank you so much for supporting us through your complimentary care grants.  Having increased access to therapeutic massage for pain relief is a game changer for my quality of life." Jenny, Dover Plains

Post pandemic, we are seeing a greater number of later stage cancer diagnoses. We funded a regional campaign A Few Minutes for Peace of Mind, to urge women to re-start getting their annual mammogram. Mammograms (and pap smears) are free for everyone regardless of insurance status:

When breast cancer is detected early, and is in the localized stage, the 5-year relative survival rate is 99%. Stage 3 and 4 breast cancer is more problematic to treat and certainly translates into more financial burden for the patient. Know someone who needs our help?

We are here to help anyone who needs us, but we need the funds to do it. 

This is where you come in. Any donation will help us assist breast cancer patients and their families here in our Hudson Valley. 

Once again and with profound gratitude, thank you.

The Staff and Board of Directors of Miles of Hope

School Communities support Miles of Hope

Our 2022 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.