Cape Breton Screaming Eagles Host Pink at the Rink Event to Support Cancer Patient Care Fund
SYDNEY, N.S – Next week, on October 28th, the Cape Breton Screaming Eagles will face off against the Halifax Mooseheads to support cancer care in Cape Breton.
The "Pink at the Rink" game will see the Cape Breton Screaming Eagles wearing pink hockey jerseys to give back to the Cape Breton Cancer Patient Care Fund through a jersey raffle. Spectators who wish to have a chance to win one of the coveted pink jerseys can purchase raffle tickets in the concourse of Centre 200 or from volunteer ticket sellers on game night.
The Pink at the Rink event will, for the first time ever be gifting all proceeds to the Cape Breton Cancer Patient Care Fund. This fund is one hundred per cent donor funded and helps families deal with the financial burden of a cancer diagnosis.
"Over 1400 patients are diagnosed with cancer in Cape Breton every single year," says Cape Breton Regional Hospital Foundation communications officer, Mark Inglis. "One hundred percent of proceeds donated to the Cancer Centre from this event will provide better Cape Bretoners battling cancer through the cancer patient care fund."
One person who knows the importance of supporting breast cancer care in Cape Breton is Danielle Boutilier of Marion Bridge. At just 37 years old, Danielle was diagnosed with breast cancer. She endured 6 rounds of intense chemotherapy treatment and 25 radiation treatments. With four children at and a husband home, she battled her way back to health and is now on the road to recovery. Danielle will be dropping the puck to open the Pink at the Rink game next Friday.
"I never had to leave Cape Breton once," says Boutilier. "Not for my surgery, not for my treatments, I never had to leave. But, many patients do, and it can be expensive. Cancer is in expensive and exhausting."
The game starts at 7p.m and Cape Breton Screaming Eagles fans are encouraged to arrive early to purchase their raffle ticket which will be sold only up until the 3rd period.
To date, the Pink at the Rink event has raised $76,000 for the Cape Breton Cancer Centre.