Trumbull mothers who have breast cancer host golf tournament fundraiser in Fairfield
Two Trumbull mothers organized a golf tournament in Fairfield Thursday to raise awareness about metastatic breast cancer.
For them, this education is personal as they both have metastatic breast cancer.
"We fight every single day," says Kara Rizzardi, who was diagnosed with metastatic breast cancer four years ago. "I'm actually huge on educating the community on metastatic breast cancer."
Rizzardi has been raising awareness of the disease by creating T-shirts and attending fundraisers.
It was at a fundraiser a few years ago where she met fellow Trumbull mother Sandra Tatroe, who has stage 2 breast cancer.
"The reason I'm very passionate about metastatic breast cancer, despite having an earlier diagnosis, is because of the astonishing low amount of research that is devoted to metastatic breast cancer," Tatroe says.
So, the two decided to host a golf tournament at Fairchild Wheeler in Fairfield with more than 100 people participating in the event.
"Excited, I mean, we're so just happy to see the turnout, to see how dedicated everybody is," Tatroe said.
Proceeds will benefit the Cancer Couch Foundation, which funds metastatic breast cancer research at both the Dana Farber Cancer Institute and Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center.
Dr. Rebecca Timlin-Scalera started the Cancer Couch Foundation before she died of metastatic breast cancer.
"We need a cure for this disease. We want more treatment lines, more medications down the line. So, this is really amazing, and we're so thankful for the support today," Rizzardi says.
So far, the golf tournament has raised more than $50,000.