CT-BHI Celebrates its 15th Anniversary

This year marks the 15th anniversary of the CT Breast Health Initiative (CT-BHI) and its immensely popular fundraiser “Race in the Park”.

“My mother got breast cancer in the 60’s. I tried not to think about it until the junior league in town was looking for a fundraiser,” said Joyce Bray, board of Directors President of the CT-BHI. “We created the diagnostic health center at the hospital.”

Then “The Race in the Park” began. It lasted for 10 years and then the group broke away to become the CT-BHI.

“We wanted to do research and keep our money in Connecticut,” said Bray. “People who are involved are extremely passionate.”

CT Breast Health Initiative’s mission is to make a significant impact in the quest to find a cure for breast cancer by providing grants to support education and research exclusively in Connecticut.

One hundred percent of the money raised by CT-BHI stays in Connecticut, awarding funding to progressive research programs that have yet to qualify for federal grants.

Since 2005, CT BHI has awarded 3.6 million dollars in grants through the help of generous donors, supporters, and sponsors.

Last year eight grants were given to Middlesex Hospital – Diagnostic Molecular Breast Imaging to Evaluate Inconclusive Mammogram and Ultrasound Findings; Norma F. Pfriem Breast Center – Support Groups for Underserved Patients; The Hospital of Central Connecticut – Integrative Therapies for Breast Health; UConn Health Carole and Ray Neag Comprehensive Cancer Center – DigniCap® Cold Cap;  University of Connecticut Health Center – A Multifactorial Approach to Improve Breast Cancer Survivorship Symptom Care; UConn Health Carole and Ray Neag Comprehensive Cancer Center – “A Brand New You”; UConn Health Carole and Ray Neag Comprehensive Cancer Center – “Hair Salon Collaboration to Improve Breast Health” and Witness Project Connecticut, Inc. – “Educate & Empower”.

This year the group hopes to give out 15 grants in honor of its anniversary.

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Yale’s advance in breast cancer surgery to be tested in nationwide study

NEW HAVEN — Removing a small amount of extra tissue around a breast cancer tumor may keep a patient from having a recurrence of the cancer or of having to return to the operating table because not all of the malignant cells were removed in the first operation.

That’s the theory that’s being tested in a nationwide clinical trial sponsored by the Yale Cancer Center called SHAVE2. Dr. Anees Chagpar, assistant director of global oncology at the Yale School of Medicine and former director of the Breast Center, is the principal investigator.

Chagpar oversaw the first SHAVE trial at Yale, which involved 235 patients with stage 0 to stage 3 breast cancer who were given a partial mastectomy, also known as a lumpectomy. Some were given normal lumpectomies, while others had more tissue removed from around the tumor site, known as cavity shave margins.

“I was the biggest skeptic in SHAVE,” Chagpar said. “I had done this trial not to prove that cavity shave margins were superior. ... But now that we have those trial results from SHAVE, I am absolutely a believer in this technique and use it on all of my patients. I am absolutely convinced that it reduces positive margins and re-excision rates.”

Video https://www.nhregister.com/health/article/Yale-s-advance-in-breast-cancer-surgery-to-be-12604324.php#photo-15059749

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Bridgeport Sound Tigers: Pink in the Rink Night

NEW HAVEN, Conn. (WTNH) — “Pink in the Rink” Breast Cancer Awareness Night with the Bridgeport Sound Tigers on Saturday, Feb. 10 at 7pm.

Kaitlyn is a local breast cancer survivor, who works closely with the Connecticut Breast Health Initiative after her tremendous recovery. The CT Breast Health Initiative is the organization that will benefit from proceeds of ticket sales for that game.

The overall theme of Saturday, Feb. 10 is much bigger than the game itself. The Bridgeport Sound Tigers will celebrate “Pink in the Rink Night,” benefiting breast cancer awareness and research, in several ways. The team will honor and recognize breast cancer survivors throughout the game and a pre-game wine tasting will be held at Webster Bank Arena, with proceeds benefiting the Connecticut Breast Health Initiative. A limited number of ticket packages are still available that include a seat at the game, access to the tasting party and a wine glass for $30.

In addition, the Sound Tigers players and their families will be putting together gift baskets, which will be raffled off on the concourse during the game and proceeds will also go towards the Connecticut Breast Health Initiative.

Founded in 2001, the Bridgeport Sound Tigers Hockey Club is the top minor league affiliate of the New York Islanders. The team plays its home games at Webster Bank Arena and is currently in its 17th season in the American Hockey League. Keep up with the latest Sound Tigers news on Facebook and on Twitter. For more team information, log on to http://soundtigers.com/

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‘Pink in the Rink,’ breast cancer fight personal for Sound Tigers

BRIDGEPORT — Cancer finds a way to affect just about everyone’s life one way or another, and for a few Bridgeport Sound Tigers, Saturday’s “Pink in the Rink” night hits close to home.

Winger Michael Dal Colle said he was kept in the dark a bit when his mother, Wendy, fought breast cancer.

“She was diagnosed when I was 10, so it’s coming up on 12 years,” Dal Colle said Tuesday. “It was a big part of my childhood, for her to overcome that.

“I didn’t really know the extent of it. My sister was a little older. She had a better idea. I didn’t know how severe it was. In reality, that was probably a good thing.”

Wendy Dal Colle beat it, though, and on Pink Rink nights when her son played junior hockey in Ontario, she’d drop the ceremonial faceoff. He scored a goal in regulation and tacked on the shootout winner in last year’s Pink in the Rink game in Bridgeport with pink tape on his stick blade.

A portion of the night’s proceeds from Saturday’s game against Providence at Webster Bank Arena benefit the Connecticut Breast Health Initiative. Tickets bought through a fevo.com link (available off soundtigers.com) go directly to CT BHI.

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