Penguins and Zamboni Rides: Scarlett and Kennedy

Posted: Mar 10, 2023

Thanks to the generosity of the Pittsburgh Penguins, two local PA girls got to ride a Zamboni during game intermission!

Kennedy, diagnosed with acute lymphoblastic leukemia, and Scarlett, diagnosed with B-cell acute lymphoblastic leukemia, and their families enjoyed the special experience. Decked out in capes and Casey Cares shirts and hats, both girls waved to the hockey rink crowd and showed them that they are true superheroes! 

Stefanie, Scarlett's mother said, "Thank you so much!!!! Scarlett had such a great time and her brothers were so excited to be able to go to a Penguins game. My son Markus, my sports fanatic, said the seats were amazing and he wouldn’t let us leave so we stayed until the very end." 

Her 11-year-old daughter is always “raising awareness about leukemia,” says Stefanie.

For Kennedy, game night was super fun since it was her first-ever Penguins game. Kennedy's mother, Jennifer, says that her daughter had the best time!

Jennifer states, “She has never been to a game and has talked about wanting to go one day.” According to her teacher, the 2nd grader has had harsh side effects from her leukemia while learning but she never missed a beat, even during extended hospital stays.

Thank you again to the Pittsburgh Penguins for giving a once-in-a-lifetime experience to Scarlett and Kennedy! These seemingly little moments truly make lasting memories for critically ill children who undergo difficult medical treatments, affecting not only them but also their families. Casey Cares always appreciates in-kind donations of tickets to sporting events for the kids in our programs! Please email them to Summer at