Renee Peggs | May 12, 2014 | Notre Dame Softball
I have heard there are troubles of more than one kind.
Some come from ahead and some come from behind.
But I’ve brought a big bat. I’m all ready, you see.
Now my troubles are going to have troubles with me!
Dr. Seuss may not have envisioned combating troubles with a literal bat, but the women of Notre Dame softball were “all ready” to swing theirs in the fight against pediatric cancer. They brought the bat in a big way April 25-28 at the fourth annual Strikeout Cancer weekend, and didn’t even need a broom to sweep the three-game series against the Maryland Terrapins.
Four years ago, when coach Deanna Gumpf’s daughter Tatum was diagnosed with leukemia, she and her staff made the decision to switch-hit in terms of team fundraising events. “We don’t have to do a pink game just to do a pink game. Wearing orange is a statement, it’s different, it’s a purpose,” says Gumpf of the inaugural leukemia strikeout weekend. “If something is affecting our team and it’s personal then we’re proud to help out. We’ve all been affected because it’s part of who we are as a family. I know our girls believe in this cause and they’re proud of it.”
Senior Monica Torres confirms her coach’s assertion: “Being the ND family means we treat each other a certain way and we support each other no matter what. We do everything we can for each other, in any struggle. This is the legacy I hope we can leave to younger players who haven’t done this for four years like we have.”