Senior co-captain Andrea McHugh.

Block Out Cancer Set For Sunday Against No. 19 Florida State

Oct. 17, 2013

NOTRE DAME, Ind. – The University of Notre Dame volleyball team’s annual Block Out Cancer match is this Sunday against No. 19 Florida State and it needs your help to raise $11,000 that will go directly to benefit Saint Joseph Regional Medical Center – Women’s Task Force and its Secret Sisters Society Fund.

Last year the Irish raised $10,054 after totaling $8,613 in 2011, leading the nation in 2008 ($6,655) and again in 2010 ($10,300).

This year’s fundraisers include pink t-shirts for $10 and pink team jerseys available for auction on All cancer survivors will be honored at halftime.

Head coach Debbie Brown is pledging $5 for every block the Irish record in the match. Fans that would like to match Coach Brown’s donation can call 574-631-7356.

“We are really excited about this year because it’s the first time we have done our own thing with Block Out Cancer,” said Brown. “The reason we did this was so all the money raised could go to the local Women’s Task Force and its Secret Sisters Society Fund. It means even a little bit more to us now since it will directly impact the local community. It’s always been a great event and we’ve had terrific support from the community so we are looking forward to being able to participate once again.”

Fans are encouraged to wear pink to “Pink Out Purcell Pavilion” and arrive early to cheer on the Irish as they warm up for their 1 p.m. (ET) match against the Seminoles.

Notre Dame (7-10, 1-5 ACC) kicks off the weekend’s festivities with a 7 p.m. Friday match against Miami (13-4, 6-1 ACC).

About Saint Joseph Regional Medical CenterSaint Joseph Regional Medical Center is a not-for-profit, multi-hospital health system located in North Central Indiana.

The Saint Joseph system includes:

  • 254-bed acute care hospital at the Mishawaka Campus
  • 58-bed acute care hospital at the Plymouth Campus
  • 40-bed Saint Joseph Rehabilitation Institute
  • 20 practices of the Saint Joseph Physician Network
  • Community health centers and additional points of access

About the Women’s Task ForceA group of cancer survivors united to form the Saint Joseph Regional Medical Center Women’s Task Force. Through education, awareness, early detection and supportive care, they strive to empower women in the community. Through knowledge and support, they promote optimal health for women, whether they have been directly or indirectly touched by the disease.

About the Secret Sisters Society Fund

The Secret Sisters Society fund provides underserved women ages 40-49 mammogram screenings and cervical cancer screenings. These women qualify for the existing Breast & Cervical Cancer Program (BCCP) due to income but would not receive these screenings until they reach the age of 50.

— Russell Dorn, Assistant Media Relations Director