Join Providence Bruins and Gloria Gemma at Fifth Annual “Pink In The Rink” on Friday Night

PAWTUCKET, RI — When the Providence Bruins take on the Norfolk Admirals on Friday, October 24, loyal fans are encouraged to once again substitute black and gold for pink. It’s all part of the fifth annual Pink In The Rink to spread awareness about breast cancer and raise funds in support of the Gloria Gemma Breast Cancer Resource Foundation.

The puck drops at the Dunkin’ Donuts Center at 7:05pm. The first 2,500 fans will receive free Pink Rally Towels courtesy of BankRI.

The Gloria Gemma Breast Cancer Resource Foundation’s journey began a decade ago, two years after the local nonprofit’s namesake lost her fight with breast cancer. At the time, there were hardly any local support and education resources available for a disease that 1 in 6 Rhode Island women are diagnosed with.

Since then, the organization has directly touched the lives of tens of thousands of individuals affected by breast cancer with life-changing information, programs, and services.

During intermission at Friday’s game, breast cancer survivors connected with the Foundation will be recognized. One of these individuals is Pat Van Hoolandt—who actually posed with the P-Bruins for a photo that appeared in Gloria Gemma’s 2014 “Celebrate Hope, Celebrate Life Calendar.”

Survivor Pat Van Hoolandt 2

Van Hoolandt was diagnosed with Stage 2 Breast Cancer in June 2008. While undergoing treatment—which included four rounds of chemotherapy and 7 weeks of radiation—Van Hoolandt lost her hair. And that’s when she initially turned to the Gloria Gemma Foundation for support.

“I needed a wig and from the start, Maria Gemma—the organization’s executive director—was right there for me,” said Van Hoolandt, a 57-year-old Pawtucket resident. “That same year, she asked me to be in their fashion show and carry a torch at their Flames of Hope event in October.”

Van Hoolandt, who has one daughter and two grandchildren, also indicated that she really had no one who “really understood” to talk to, especially since breast cancer didn’t run in her family.

“The Gloria Gemma Foundation is a wonderful place where you can go and get support for whatever issues you’re facing,” added Van Hoolandt. “It is where you can just be yourself—where you can show your joy and sorrow.”

Van Hoolandt will be recognized alongside 2015 “Celebrate Hope, Celebrate Life” calendar models. The latest calendar—made possible by sponsors South County Hospital, Admirals Bank, and 21st Century Oncology, as well as supporting sponsors RI Rehabilitation Center and Dr. David L. Renaud, DDS—is available for a minimum donation of $1.00 at Gloria Gemma’s Pawtucket location and events throughout the state.

The Providence Bruins will wear special commemorative pink jerseys that will be auctioned off after the game at Net proceeds will be donated to the Gloria Gemma Foundation. There is currently a special Buy One Get One Free promotion for tickets purchased online.

For more information and tickets, please visit PROVIDENCEBRUINS.COM/BOGO.

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