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Published on March 14, 2019

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“You’d be hard-pressed to find someone who has not been touched by cancer,” said retired Falmouth Police Officer Kevin Kinsella.

That’s why he hopes for a large turnout at an April 27 hockey game to benefit Cape Cod Healthcare cancer services for patients and their families.

“I’m expecting a lot of enthusiastic people,” said Kinsella, event coordinator for the Police Athletic League of Cape Cod (PAL), which supports children’s programs throughout the Cape, and other community causes.

The Saturday game, which will begin at 4 p.m. at the Kennedy Rink in the Hyannis Youth and Community Center at 141 Bassett Lane, will be a rematch between teams representing PAL and Cape Cod Healthcare. The two teams met last March for the first of these annual games to benefit local cancer services.

“Last year we tied and they won in overtime. This year we want to win and gain bragging rights,” said Devin A. McManus, MD, who practices internal medicine in Falmouth and organized the Cape Cod Healthcare team. He said a variety of Cape Cod Healthcare employees and professionals play on his team, including doctors, nurses, paramedics, administrative staff and electricians, who range in age from 20 to 60.

“I’ve played hockey for most of my 25 years on Cape Cod,” Dr. McManus said. ” And I’ve been involved in a number of PAL events., all for helping our friends families and community in need. So when Kevin and the Police League ask me to help ignite this event I am very receptive to do whatever I can to help.

“Cancer as a health condition affects not just patients, but their extended families, friends, colleagues, and our entire community.”

Citing Cape Cod Hospital’s recent membership in Dana-Farber’s Cancer Care Collaborative as an example, Dr. McManus said, “There are a lot of new programs and treatments for our community. It exemplifies our healthcare system continuing to pursue excellence.”

The PAL team grew out of the former Falmouth Police Department team, and includes both active and retired police and businesspeople, Kinsella said. The team has played Boston Bruins alumni, and some former NHL players may be present at the benefit, including former all-star Tom Poti, a Cape resident, he added.

The Cape Cod Healthcare Foundation (CCHC) is seeking sponsors for the event, said Christopher Lawson, senior vice president and chief development officer. The Foundation is a non-profit entity which supports Cape Cod Hospital, Falmouth Hospital and the Visiting Nurse Association of Cape Cod and related healthcare programs.

Lawson said ticket sales to the game are the event’s main means of raising funds, and the foundation is encouraging Cape Cod Healthcare employees and their families to attend in support of their colleagues.

“The more people that buy tickets, the more money to support oncology services,” he said.

Tickets will be sold at the door for $5, and admission is free for children 12 and under. In addition to ticket sales, the event will include a 50/50 raffle and a gift raffle.

About 100 tickets have been given away to local people who are undergoing cancer treatment, according to Kinsella.

To learn more, contact PAL at palprescc@comcast.net. For more information on sponsoring the event and advance ticket sales, contact Calle Walsh at the CCHC Foundation at 508-862-5653 or by email at cgartside@capecodhealth.org