‘Pink in a Rink’: Sound Tigers, internal charities fighting breast cancer


Rebecca Timlin-Scalera was told she was dying. Granted a reprieve, she and a Bridgeport Sound Tigers are operative together this weekend to try to keep anyone from conference that again.

Saturday’s Sound Tigers diversion opposite Providence during Webster Bank Arena is “Pink in a Rink“ night, lifting income and recognition for a quarrel opposite breast cancer. Portions of a deduction from a diversion will go to a Relay For Life in Fairfield and Stratford, and also to The Cancer Couch, that Timlin-Scalera founded after her diagnosis in 2015.

“I’m vehement to partner with a Sound Tigers,” Timlin-Scalera, a clergyman from Fairfield, pronounced progressing this week. “It’s going to be a unequivocally fun event.”

She’ll dump a puck with her son, and her daughter will sing a inhabitant anthem with a St. Thomas Aquinas choir.

Her family had to understanding with a startle of her diagnosis and treatments over a past integrate of years, including 9 surgeries.

Her initial diagnosis was Stage 4, metastatic, breast cancer — definition a cancer had metastisized, trafficked to another partial of her body, in this box a bones. But a bone indicate weeks after came behind clean, so she was restaged to 3C.

With that, there’s a possibility for a cure. Stage 4, so far, isn’t curable. And it’s those people The Cancer Couch focuses on, ancillary their onslaught and ancillary investigate to rise treatments.

“I know wish sells,” Timlin-Scalera said. “People wish good stories, moving stories. We won’t change this if we don’t speak about it. I’m perplexing to move recognition — not macabre, usually realistic.”

It’s something that Bridgeport partner manager Matt Carkner understands.

Carkner was personification for Wilkes-Barre/Scranton in 2006-07 when his mother, Kathy, was diagnosed with breast cancer. Todd Richards, a Penguins’ manager during a time, gave Carkner time to be with her.

She has been fighting it ever since.

“She’s a fighter,” Carkner said. “She’s an comprehensive warrior. She’s been violence a thing for years now.”

Carkner was instrumental in starting a Penguins’ Pink Rink night. The Sound Tigers’ this year includes a pregame wine-tasting fundraiser (tickets, usually accessible in advance, are accessible by Ticketmaster or directly by a team; see soundtigers.com for more), and players and coaches have put together baskets to be auctioned off during a diversion to support a charities.

Carkner’s family put together a movie-themed basket, with a blanket, some tickets.

“It’s all for fun, and all for a good cause,” he said. “The response in a room has been great.”

Every bit will help. Timlin-Scalera was vehement to speak about a opposite ways The Cancer Couch has helped in usually a brief time. In a initial 6 months, she said, a substructure lifted over $500,000.

“I consider there’s an assumption, with a pinkish ribbons, a survivor walks, that breast cancer is cured, or treatable,” Timlin-Scalera said.

A lot of work and appropriation has been dedicated to early-stage breast cancer, that is distant some-more treatable, she said.

Younger patients tend to get some-more assertive cancer, she said, that means lots of immature mothers. It strikes men, too, and since they’re screened less, they mostly don’t find it early.

The substructure has upheld investigate during Dana-Farber Cancer Institute in Boston and Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center in New York, both of that are relating donations. It also supports internal cancer centers like a Norma F. Pfriem Breast Care Center in Fairfield.

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