Cancer Couch Foundation presents Saugatuck Scoops Challenge Fundraiser

Raising money for metastatic breast cancer


RebeccaTimlin-Scalera has raised more than $60,000 in seven weeks for The Cancer Couch Foundation.

Her initial goal for the Scoops Challenge was $6,400, but then raised it to $15,000, then again to $17,000 as The Cancer Couch Foundation kept surpassing these goals — the current tally is $17,153 and still going.

Rebecca Timlin-Scalera’s life changed on September 3, 2015 when she heard the shocking words: “You have cancer.” A wife, mother and neuropsychologist, Timlin-Scalera reacted to this news by founding The Cancer Couch Foundation (501c3) to fund research for metastatic breast cancer (MBC).

MBC is the most deadly form of the disease, and 30% of people diagnosed with early stage breast cancer eventually develop MBC. After discovering this, Timlin-Scalera decided to create a financially transparent, volunteer-managed foundation that puts donations to work directly for MBC patients.

If you know more than eight women, then breast cancer will impact your life at some point. Rebecca Timlin-Scalera, a PhD neuropsychologist and mother of two, has lived the infamous statistic — that one in eight women will be diagnosed with invasive breast cancer in her lifetime. Timlin-Scalera was blindsided by an advanced breast cancer diagnosis. Initially told she had Stage II, she was then told she had Stage IV metastatic breast cancer, the most severe form of the disease. Her diagnosis was then reversed to Stage IIIC after a misdiagnosed bone biopsy.

In a matter of weeks, she went through the emotional and informational rollercoaster of experiencing nearly every stage of breast cancer before beginning treatment. Even as a medical professional, she received an eye-opening crash course into the world of breast cancer research, treatments and communities. Having looked the most deadly form of breast cancer in the face, Timlin-Scalera resolved to take a stand to help prevent and cure breast cancer by creating The Cancer Couch Foundation.

The goal is to fund research projects for metastatic breast cancer at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center and The Dana Farber Cancer Institute, with the potential for making this a chronic, but managed, condition rather than a terminal illness.

The Cancer Couch Foundation is tied to Timlin-Scalera’s website of the same name, will gather private donations in addition to hosting large-scale events to raise money for and awareness of MBC. The first of these events, “The Cancer Beat” rock concert and fundraiser with auction items including guitars signed by Bruce Springsteen and Glenn Frey, is planned for September 2016.

For more information about The Cancer Couch Foundation and Rebecca Timlin-Scalera, visit

Dr. Rebecca Timlin-Scalera is a wife, mother and neuropsychologist, and breast cancer patient. Timlin-Scalera responded to the news of her diagnosis by founding The Cancer Couch Foundation to fund research for metastatic breast cancer. She also blogs at from the perspective of a psychologist turned patient with advice on how to cope through adversity by finding humor and gratitude in ordinary moments. She has been published in academic literature as well as the Visible Ink 2016 Anthology, Cosmopolitan magazine, the Associated Press and shared her opinions on Sirius Radio.

Dr. Rebecca Timlin-Scalera

Dr. Rebecca Timlin-Scalera

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