Children battling cancer – one of the most heart-wrenching circumstances that anyone can imagine – this is what drives Notre Dame Softball to go beyond the playing field to a place where we can make a lasting impact.
Since 2011, Our program has hosted our Strikeout Cancer weekend, raising funds to assist local families with a child battling this terrible disease. With a trivia night, a silent auction, a homerun derby, and other promotions, we have raised funds to support the children and families and make their days a little brighter. Whether it’s paying for lodging for a family while their child gets chemotherapy, sending children on “Wish” trips, purchasing a therapy dog for a child, or funding a playroom at Beacon Children’s Hospital, the funds are used to directly impact the children and their families in a real, tangible way.
In 2010, when Tatum, the daughter of our head coach Deanna Gumpf, was diagnosed with leukemia, our team was able to see first-hand how chemotherapy, radiation, and a myriad of medications can take their toll on a child. They resolved to try to help not only their coach’s family, but the families of as many children with cancer as they could. Thus, Strikeout Cancer was born. Taking the field with uniforms embellished with orange (the official color of leukemia awareness), we have pledged to help children fight and – like Tatum – win their battle with cancer!
This year's trivia night will take place Saturday, April 18, 2020 at 6 p.m. If you are interested in securing a table to play trivia, please contact Lizzy Ristano at [email protected] or 574-340-1325. Sponsorship does NOT include the registration to play trivia.
Proceeds from these events will be donated the Harper Cancer Research Institute and the Samantha Hickey Memorial Foundation.