Dropping the puck to support cancer services
While it may not be in the league of the Boston Bruins versus the Montreal Canadiens ice hockey game, it will most certainly be an afternoon of comradery, sportsmanship and a lot of fun.
The Cape Cod Healthcare All-Stars will take on the Police Athletic League (PAL) All-Stars on Saturday, March 31 at the Kennedy Rink in the Hyannis Youth & Community Center, to raise money for Cape Cod Healthcare Cancer Services. The puck drops at 4 p.m.
The Cape Cod Healthcare team is spearheaded by Devin McManus, MD an internal medicine physician at Falmouth Hospital, who recruited some friends and staff at both hospitals to be on the team.
“We are so pleased to be skating against the PAL organization,” said Dr. McManus. “They are such a vital part of the community and they decided to help the Cape Cod Healthcare Cancer Services by skating in this game.”
Jack Crowley, Cape Cod Healthcare Foundation’s information systems specialist, a hockey player and member of the team, volunteered to help organize and recruit players.
“Many on the team have played with different groups and do pick-up games during the week,” he said.
The other Cape Cod Healthcare team members are:
- Paul Houle, MD, FAANS, neurosurgeon at Cape Cod Hospital
- Andrew VanVugt, MD, medical hospitalist at Cape Cod Hospital
- Leslie Pimental-Matthews, analyst, security and new technology at Cape Cod Healthcare
- Steven Wong, purchasing/materials management
- Greg Everson, senior manager of patient care information at Cape Cod Hospital
- Doug Kennedy, physical therapy assistant at VNA of Cape Cod
- Noberto Aflague, engineering department at Falmouth Hospital
- Chris Kuenzel, head of security at Falmouth Hospital
- Rob Weber, facility manager at Falmouth Hospital
K.C. Clarkson, founder and president of PAL started the organization in 2000. The group provides outreach, funding and support for many children’s programs on Cape Cod through educational, athletic, mentoring and recreational activities.
“We started the organization to help the youth of Cape Cod,” said Clarkson. “The proceeds from this game will benefit everyone, not only the kids, but also their parents who may be going through cancer treatment. Whatever we can do is good.”
Their hockey team is made up of police officers, sheriffs and area businessmen and may give the Cape Cod Healthcare team a run for their money.
“We’ve played the Bruins alumnae team a couple of times,” said Clarkson.
At a recent practice against another team at the Falmouth Hockey rink, the Cape Cod Healthcare team was all about getting to know one another, finding their strengths, and practicing the game they love. Dr. McManus was excited his team was ahead 2-0 in the first period.
“We’re just putting this all together,” said Dr. McManus, who has been playing hockey since high school. “I love being a part of Cape Cod Healthcare and if there is an event to help the organization and cancer services, I wanted to do it. Like PAL, the cancer center is vital to the health and fabric of our Cape communities, and with Cape Cod Healthcare being one of the best community healthcare systems in the country, it is vital we all support these efforts.”
Leslie Pimental-Matthews, who said she was a little nervous because she is the only woman on the team, echoed Dr. McManus’ sentiment.
“I’m excited to be on the team, and representing Cape Cod Healthcare is really neat.”
Tickets for the event are $10 and can be purchased at the door or at: www.capecodhealth.org/give-to-cchc/events/
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