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.

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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.

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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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Thankful survivor takes active role in breast cancer fight

NEW BRITAIN - 2018 is the 15th year of the Connecticut Breast Health Initiative, a statewide nonprofit organization dedicated to finding a cure for breast cancer.

With the organization’s flagship Race in the Park about three months away, CTBHI is hoping to raise money and spread its message.

Board member Kaitlyn Clements recently told her breast cancer story - from diagnosis to recovery - and how CTBHI was there to help along the way.

Clements was diagnosed with Stage 2 breast cancer on Sept. 24, 1999, at the age of 24. Clements said she remembers that day clearly and, at first, couldn’t believe the news.

“Twenty-four-year-olds don’t get diagnosed with breast cancer,” Clements remembered thinking. “I just remember screaming at him, ‘Am I going to die?’ ”

“It was a very traumatic day that I’ll never forget,” Clements said.

Being told may have been painful, but Clements said her doctor saved her life.

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