HealthAlliance Foundation Brings Back Cruisin’ for the Cure

Kingston, NY – September 8, 2014 – It’s been five years since the last Cruisin’ for the Cure was held to support Kingston cancer services. But thanks to the HealthAlliance Foundation, this 3-hour ride on the Hudson River is back on Wednesday, October 1, 2014.

According to Steffen Kraehmer, Executive Director of the HealthAlliance Foundation, Cruisin’ for the Cure “was always a very popular event. Everyone knows someone who has struggled with cancer, and the Cruise is an enjoyable way to raise awareness and show support for friends and loved ones.”

The Cruise is also a way to raise money. Now that the Foundation is involved, all proceeds will be used to fund cancer programs at HealthAlliance Hospital: Broadway and Mary’s Avenue campuses. These include: breast cancer screening, navigation, and treatment; inpatient, medical, radiation, and surgical oncology; and support for patients and families.

Tickets are $35 and include dockside refreshments, light fare aboard the Rip Van Winkle, music and dancing, and a “memory moment” to honor those affected by cancer. Cancer survivors will also be available to provide information and answer questions—these special guests include: Melanie Young, author of “Getting Things Off My Chest: A Survivor’s Guide to Staying Fearless and Fabulous in the Face of Breast Cancer;” Craig Mawhirt, contributor to “holding on letting go: Anthology of the Writings of the HealthAlliance Oncology Support Program Memoir Group;” and Debbie Barton, Breast Patient Navigator at HealthAlliance.

“This year’s Cruisin’ for the Cure is going to be a fun and memorable experience for everyone who comes, and best if all, it will help us provide the best possible care for the patients in our cancer programs,” added Kraehmer. “Sponsorships contribute the bulk of the funding, and we want to thank the sponsors who have already signed on.” These include: Helsmoortel Realty— Ship Sponsor, Village Apothecary, Mr. & Mrs. John Macauley, and Optimus Architecture. For sponsorship opportunities and tickets, call the HealthAlliance Foundation at 845-334-2760 or visit and click on “Special Events.”

Photo: (L) Debbie Barton, breast cancer survivor and Breast Patient Navigator at HealthAlliance, and (R)Melanie Young, author of “Getting Things Off My Chest: A Survivor’s Guide to Staying Fearless and Fabulous in the Face of Breast Cancer,” will be available to answer questions at Cruisin’ for the Cure.


About The HealthAlliance Foundation

The HealthAlliance Foundation is a 501(c)3 organization supporting HealthAlliance of the Hudson Valley’s mission, healthcare programs, services and facilities. The HealthAlliance Foundation continues its development efforts for the HealthAlliance Hospitals on Broadway and Mary’s Avenue, as well as the Woodland Pond CCRC in New Paltz. For further information about The HealthAlliance Foundation, please visit our website at or contact Steffen T. Kraehmer, CFRE, Executive Director, at (845)334-2760.

About HealthAlliance of the Hudson Valley®

HealthAlliance of the Hudson Valley® is the alignment of HealthAlliance Hospital: Mary’s Avenue Campus and Broadway Campus, as well as Margaretville Hospital, Mountainside Residential Care Center and Woodland Pond at New Paltz. As the parent organization with a unified governance structure, the goal of HealthAlliance is to strengthen the quality of care and bring forward enhanced technology to serve the present and future healthcare needs in the Hudson Valley. HealthAlliance and its affiliate facilities are committed to providing compassionate, patient-centered care and ensuring patient safety, privacy and dignity to all. For further information about HealthAlliance visit our web site at