Celebrate The Beat
Beating cancer is cause for celebration
After being diagnosed with cancer, Fairfielder Rebecca Timlin-Scalera decided to fight the disease not just head-on, but with humor and honesty. She endured chemotherapy and radiation, and when it was finished, she just wanted to celebrate. “All I could think about was throwing a big party, and I dreamed of having my favorite band—The English Beat—play for all my friends and family, to thank them for having done so much to support me and my family through this.”
So Timlin-Scalera, a pediatric neuropsychologist, went to work organizing a concert featuring the classic ’80s band at FTC’S The Warehouse on September 10. “As I became aware of how much of a need there is for more funding for research on treatment for metastatic breast cancer, I decided to start an organization—The Cancer Couch Foundation. The Foundation’s ultimate goal is to begin allocating more funds toward Stage Four/metastatic breast cancer, which typically only receives seven percent of research funding.
There will also be a live auction featuring rock collectibles, including guitars signed by Bruce Springsteen and Glenn Frey. The Dana Farber Cancer Institute has committed to match every dollar raised, and Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center has pledged to match up to $50,000. thecancercouch.com