Tenth annual Relay for Life set for March 28-29

Patrick and Shannon Deasey, honorary chairs of the 2014 Relay for Life Patrick and Shannon Deasey, honorary chairs of the 2014 Relay for Life

The 10th annual Relay for Life at the University of Notre Dame will take place from 6 p.m. March 28 (Friday) to 9 a.m. March 29 (Saturday) in the Compton Family Ice Arena.

Relay for Life brings communities around the world together to honor cancer survivors, remember loved ones lost and fight back against the disease. The Notre Dame Relay for Life is open to everyone in the local community who would like to participate.

In the past 10 years, the Notre Dame Relay has raised more than $1 million for the American Cancer Society. This year, 75 teams have signed up, raising more than $83,000 in advance of the event. A variety of public fundraisers are taking place across campus, including cupcake sales, T-shirt sales and auctions.

Luminaria are available for purchase to honor loved ones who have fought cancer. The ND Relay for Life is selling daffodils, $10 for a bunch and an extra $5 for a vase, online. The flowers are provided by local florist Heaven and Earth in Roseland and will be available for pickup on campus on March 26 (Wednesday).

High Stepping at the Stepan, a Relay fundraiser, starts at 11 a.m. March 26 at the Stepan Center. For a $15 donation, men and women enter to race in high heels. Runners are encouraged to bring their own heels.

A mobile auction will take place March 28, offering items such as framed prints, Blackhawks tickets, restaurant packages and more. Anyone may participate. For more information and a complete list of fundraisers, visit relay.nd.edu/fundraisers.

Activities scheduled for throughout the night at the Compton include ice skating, a photo booth, a broomball tournament, balloon twisters and face-painters, and performances by the Notre Dame Glee Club, the Fighting Irish Synchronized Skating team, Harmonia and Alligator Blackbird. Breakfast will be provided.

Each year, the Notre Dame Relay for Life chooses two members of the University community to serve as honorary chairs of the event. The 2014 chairs are sophomores Patrick and Shannon Deasey, two of a set of triplets from Edina, Minn. Both were born with a rare form of cancer, retinoblastoma, and were successfully treated as infants. At 18, Patrick underwent treatment for cancer for a second time, to fight an osteosarcoma of the sinus. Today Patrick, Shannon and their brother Michael, also a student at Notre Dame, are cancer-free.

The ND Relay is a family-friendly event open to the community. For more information about Notre Dame’s fight against cancer and to register, visit relay.nd.edu.

Originally published by Brittany Collins at news.nd.edu on March 21, 2014.