‘Good Morning America’ to kick off Breast Cancer Awareness Month with broadcast from Notre Dame on Oct. 1

Author: Julie Hail Flory

ABC News Goes Pink

October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month and ABC News’ “Good Morning America” (GMA) will observe the start of the occasion with special coverage on Tuesday (Oct. 1) that will include live remote broadcasts from a number of locations across the country, including the University of Notre Dame, where the Kelly Cares Foundation has invited some 200 breast cancer survivors and their families to assemble for the event.

“We were happy to accept the invitation presented by the producers of Good Morning America and participate in the national celebration of Breast Cancer Awareness Month,” said Paqui Kelly, a two-time breast cancer survivor who founded the Kelly Cares Foundation in 2007 with her husband, Brian, Notre Dame’s head football coach. “We appreciate the support Notre Dame has offered us by hosting the remote, no better place to kick off the show than in front of the football stadium.”

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The GMA broadcast is part of “ABC News Goes Pink,” a campaign that aims to help engage, empower and educate Americans on the facts about breast cancer prevention, detection, diagnosis and treatment. GMA airs locally in South Bend on WBND-TV (ABC 57) from 7 to 9 a.m.

The Notre Dame segments are scheduled to air between 8 and 9 a.m. EDT. Anyone wishing to participate may arrive beginning at 6:15 a.m. in the area across Moose Krause Circle from the north tunnel of Notre Dame Stadium. Parking is available in the lot south of the Joyce Center. The Notre Dame cheerleaders and leprechaun will be in attendance and local vendor Carbon’s Golden Malted will distribute free pink waffles while supplies last. GMA will provide pink t-shirts and pom-poms to participants, who are encouraged to bring signs supporting Breast Cancer Awareness Month and the “ABC News Goes Pink” campaign.

The Kelly Cares Foundation was established to support organizations, initiatives and programs that closely align with the goals and values of the Kelly family. A strong emphasis has been made on three main pillars – health, education and community. The Foundation supports projects and initiatives that encourage the engagement of individuals in their local communities.

Contact: Julie Hail Flory, Notre Dame Public Relations, jflory@nd.edu