Notre Dame Athletics | April 14, 2020
On April 18, the Notre Dame Softball program invites all to join in recognizing pediatric cancer patients and their allies by wearing orange and sharing photos and videos on social media. While the usual trivia night fundraiser and three-game series will not be held due to COVID-19, the program will aim to raise awareness.
Strike Out Cancer began supporting leukemia awareness in 2011 in solidarity with Irish head coach Deanna Gumpf and her daughter, Tatum, who was diagnosed with acute lymphoblastic leukemia in the summer of 2010.
With an annual celebration officially kicked off in 2012, the proceeds directly benefit the Samantha Hickey Foundation and South Bend’s Memorial Children’s Hospital (where Tatum started her treatments) and children throughout Indiana who have been diagnosed with cancer.
While the fundraising events will not take place in 2020, those who would still like to contribute can do so at https://app.mobilecause.com/vf/Strikeout.
In previous years, Strike Out Cancer events included a trivia night fundraiser, silent auction, home run derby and awareness promotions during a Notre Dame softball series each season. Notre Dame, its opponents and fans wear the official color of leukemia awareness, orange, as a way to show support for families and children suffering from cancer.
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