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Fairfield Neuropsychologist Dishes Up Ice Cream Challenge To Fight Cancer

Rebecca Timlin-Scalera
Rebecca Timlin-Scalera Photo Credit: Contributed photo

FAIRFIELD, Conn. -- A Fairfield woman looking for a fund way to raise money for metastatic breast cancer research is preparing to dish up ice cream for the Saugatuck Scoops Challenge Fundraiser on Friday, June 17.

Fairfield neuropsychologist Rebecca Timlin-Scalera founded The Cancer Couch Foundation after she herself was diagnosed with metastatic breast cancer.

Teams of four will attempt to eat as many scoops of ice cream as they can in five minutes for the Scoops Challenge to benefit her foundation.

Participants will make teams of four, pick a team name and their favorite ice cream flavor. The first 32 teams that pledge to raise $200 get to participate.

The challenge is open to all Fairfield students in grades K-12.

Register online at thecancercouch.com .

The fundraiser will take place from 3 to 5 p.m. at Saugatuck Sweets, 28 Reef Road.

A wife, mother and neuropsychologist, Timlin-Scalera found her life changed last Sept. 3 when she heard the words: “You have cancer.”

Metastatic breast cancer is the most deadly form of the disease, and 30 percent of people diagnosed with early stage breast cancer eventually develop MBC.

She decided to create a financially transparent, volunteer-managed foundation that puts donations to work directly for MBC patients.

Timlin-Scalera was blindsided by the advanced breast cancer diagnosis. Initially told she had Stage II, she was then told she had Stage IV metastatic breast cancer, the most severe form of the disease. Her diagnosis was then reversed to Stage IIIC after a misdiagnosed bone biopsy. In a matter of weeks, she went through the emotional and informational rollercoaster of experiencing nearly every stage of breast cancer before beginning treatment.

Even as a medical professional, she received an eye-opening crash course into the world of breast cancer research, treatments and communities. Having looked the most deadly form of breast cancer in the face, Timlin-Scalera resolved to take a stand to help prevent and cure breast cancer by creating The Cancer Couch Foundation.

The foundation is also planning The Cancer Beat rock concert and fundraiser for September with such auction items as guitars signed by Bruce Springsteen and Glenn Frey.

The goal is to fund research projects for metastatic breast cancer at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center and The Dana Farber Cancer Institute. For more information, visit the website at visit thecancercouch.com .

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