“Fightin’ Irish Fightin’ Cancer,” the American Cancer Society’s inaugural Relay for Life at the University of Notre Dame, will take place Friday and Saturday (Oct. 10-11) at the Stepan Center.p. The society’s signature fund-raising event, Relay for Life consists of teams of eight to 15 people who solicit pledges and walk together and individually for 18 consecutive hours. More than $240 million was raised nationally last year. Money generated locally will support area education and service programs.p. The Notre Dame relay, which is open to University students, faculty, staff and administrators and their families, will take place around the Stepan Center (inside in the event of inclement weather) from 6 p.m. Friday until noon Saturday. The teams are expected to have at least one member walking throughout the event.p. The opening ceremony of the event will feature cancer survivors from the area?led by Notre Dame seniors Jeff Goett and Brendan Magee?joining hands and walking the first lap. The marching band’s drum line and Notre Dame cheerleaders also will participate.p. A luminaria ceremony will begin at 9 p.m. Friday. White paper bags will be filled with sand and a lit candle and arranged to spell out the word ?Hope.? The bags will be decorated to include the names, pictures and stories of cancer survivors, cancer patients and those who have lost their battle to the disease.p. The Relay for Life is sponsored by the Office of Human Resources with support from Anthony Travel, Brookshire Homes, LaSalle Bank in Chicago, North American Health Plans, and Sweeney, Pfeifer, Morgan&Stesiak. To register for the event, call the local chapter of the American Cancer Society at 257-9798 or visit the Relay for Life Web site at www.acsrelayforlife.com .