Cole Scattarelli, former three-sport Elk athlete who survived a bout with thyroid cancer at age 25, is hosting a golf tournament to benefit families dealing with cancer.
“Cancer is a deadly, life-changing disease which demands the help and support of others,” said Scattarelli on his website, which has the same name as the golf tournament: Swing Back at Cancer. “Please join me and many others in the fight against cancer.”
The tournament, slated for June 21 at Links at Northfork in Ramsey, has filled up (36 teams), he said, but anyone else is welcome to buy a ticket for the dinner and enjoy the event.
Proceeds will go to Angel Foundation, which helps families with nonmedical bills related to supporting a cancer victim.
Scattarelli was a football quarterback, baseball shortstop and hockey forward for the Elks. He played college hockey in Vermont and at Hamline.
While attending graduate school in St. Scholastica in 2011, a lump was discovered on his throat during a routine checkup.
“Nothing can prepare someone for the news of cancer, but breaking it to family and friends is the hardest part,” he relates on the website. “Having to reassure everyone that you will be okay and that you will make it is not an easy task. People don’t know how to talk to you at times and even refer to you as ‘sick’, which is difficult.”
Scattarelli had successful surgery at the University of Minnesota in May 2012 and returned to school. With a master’s in exercise physiology, he works for Boston Scientific as a PI Fellows Program Logistics Coordinator.
“I coordinate models and simulators,” he explained, “to be sent to different cities around the country and then follow them to each city.”
He then helps educate Fellows on Boston Scientific products and teaches them how to operate the simulators and models.
For information on the event, see www.swingbackatcancer.com.