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Emily Crocker Does Not Just Skate Through Life

When Emily Crocker was in 2nd grade, her mother was diagnosed with breast cancer.

Treatment was successful, but Emily has never forgotten the toll it took.

She’s no longer in school in Westport — she left after Kings Highway Elementary and Coleytown Middle, to play prep school ice hockey — but she recently returned to The Rinks at Shelton. Her New Jersey Colonials U19 team was scheduled to play the Mid-Fairfield Stars.

Emily asked her coach, Sis Paulsen, if she could turn the day into a breast cancer fundraiser. Sis — whose own life has been touched by the disease — quicly agreed.

The U19 and U16 Colonial teams made signs for the rink, promoted the event to friends and families, and staffed the event. They decorated the lobby, sold pink scarves and shirts and other items, and raffled off many items (pink and otherwise).

On the ice, the Colonial girls worse pink jerseys. Emily was in goal when her team won.

“It was fun beating my old team,” she said. “But beating cancer is even better.”

nd what a victory it was. The girls raised over $12,000 for breast cancer research. What a victory that was!

Emily Crocker, in goal for the New Jersey Colonials.

Emily Crocker, in goal for the New Jersey Colonials. (Photo courtesy of James Lattanzio)