“Fightin’ Irish—Fightin’ Cancer,” the eighth Notre Dame Relay for Life to benefit the American Cancer Society, begins at 6 p.m. Friday, April 27, with the closing ceremony at 8:30 a.m. Saturday, April 28. Dave Prentkowski, the director of Notre Dame Food Services, who is battling pancreatic cancer, is honorary chair for the event.
“The Relay is unique as it brings together all of campus—faculty, staff and students—all for one cause: to eliminate cancer,” says organizer Jessica Brookshire, associate director for public affairs.
Notre Dame’s Relay has raised some $676,000 total, including more than $160,000 last year, when the University was ranked nationally for the first time—fourth among universities measured by dollars per capita. Much more money flows back to the University from the American Cancer Society: 11 research grants totaling $3.6 million over the years so far, she says.
Online registration is available at relay.org/ndin. Cost is $10, including a T-shirt and commemorative cup, with free soft drinks from Centerplate until 11 p.m. Check-in is at the media entrance of the Stadium with the event on the upper concourse.
The Opening Ceremony, which begins at 6:30 p.m. April 27, includes the Notre Dame Band and Pom Squad, Prentkowski, ESPN analyst Digger Phelps, and Dr. Rudy Navari and Dr. Sharon Stack from the Harper Cancer Research Institute. Lighting of luminaria starts at 9:30 p.m. with a performance by the Celebration Choir and others. Totals will be announced at the closing ceremony at 8:30 a.m. April 28.
Events during the family-friendly Relay include face painting, cookie decorating, balloon twisters, a bounce house, live and DJ music, piñatas, Zumba, energy pong and chair massages. Food for sale includes CJ’s Pub burgers with chips and drink for $5 from 6-11 p.m. and Hot Box Pizza from 11 p.m.-1 a.m. Notre Dame Food Services will have breakfast burritos, fruit cups and bagels from 6-8 a.m.
Relay teams during the event will sell glow-in-the-dark necklaces, elephant ears and a 2012 cookbook to raise money. A silent auction from 6-11 p.m. includes a dinner for eight prepared by Chef Don Miller, football parking passes from Eddy Street Commons, golf passes, Notre Dame memorabilia, DeBartolo Performing Arts Center tickets and gift baskets.
Before the event, from 9 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. April 27, Team Book ’Em is raising money by selling “arrests” of bosses, professors, coworkers and others at $25. The convict gets a commemorative T-shirt and can buy a Get Out of Jail Free Card for $5 or more. Also, Ben’s Pretzels will sell pretzels April 27 at the Stadium and Field House Mall with money benefiting the Relay.
For more information, visit relayforlife.org.