2016 Relay for Life to honor ‘superheroes’ in fight against cancer

by Monika Spalinski

Relay for Life "To Cure and Beyond"

The 12th annual Relay for Life at the University of Notre Dame will take place from 5 p.m. to 11 p.m. April 15 (Friday) in the Compton Family Ice Arena.

Relay for Life allows the campus and community to come together to raise funds and awareness for cancer research, honor cancer survivors and remember lost loved ones.

This year’s theme, “To Cure and Beyond,” honors the “superheroes” who have battled or are currently battling the disease. Superhero costume dress is encouraged, but not mandatory.

One of the University’s three sponsored charitable initiatives, Notre Dame’s Relay for Life has raised nearly $1.5 million for the American Cancer Society, growing from a grassroots initiative to a national, award-winning event.

Activities that are scheduled throughout the night at Compton include eurobungy to “fly like a superhero,” customized superhero photos taken courtesy of TapSnap, interactive superhero-themed games and activities, a mobile auction, hockey tours, ice skating, ice carvings, cookie decorating, cooking demonstrations and caricature drawing. Food will be also be available for purchase.

Luminaria will be lit at 9 p.m. in honor and memory of those who have fought cancer.

Each year, the Notre Dame Relay for Life chooses two members of the University community to serve as honorary chairs of the event. The 2016 chairs are Linda Kroll, University associate vice president of finance who was diagnosed with leukemia in 2013 and spent a year battling the disease, and Stephanie Terpening, a senior who fought Stage IV Burkitt lymphoma at the age of 8. Today, both women are cancer-free.

The ND Relay is a family-friendly event open to the community. Registration is $10 per person, and free for children 12 and under. For more information about Notre Dame’s fight against cancer and to register, visit relay.nd.edu. Preregistration is recommended.

Contact: Roberta White, co-chair, 574-631-8696, rwhite4@nd.edu; Jessica Brookshire, co-chair, 574-631-5829, brookshire.4@nd.edu