Notre Dame Women’s Basketball vs. Florida State
The University of Notre Dame Women’s Basketball’s Pink Zone initiative has made a tremendous impact on our local community over the last 10+ years by providing funds for education, screenings, support and research for breast cancer.
This year’s game will be known as the Play4Kay Pink Game. Coach Kay Yow wanted to be a part of finding an answer in the fight against ALL cancers affecting women and she believed we would make a greater impact as a collective team, working together to accomplish one goal. Her goal was for Play4Kay events to benefit the Kay Yow Cancer Fund to support advanced research and serve the underserved.
While a portion of all donations collected will go toward the Kay Yow Cancer Fund, the majority will stay right here in our community. By teaming with The Foundation of Saint Joseph Health System for Secret Sisters Society and Women’s Task Force, we are able to further an educational program that promotes early detection, supportive care, and survivorship.
Along with these efforts, donations provide free mammograms and cervical cancer screenings for those who financially qualify. RiverBend Cancer Services continues to be a close partner in our fundraising efforts. This local facility offers a warm, welcoming place filled with helpful people and programs for cancer survivors and families in the South Bend community who are living with a cancer diagnosis.
Here’s how you can help Notre Dame Women’s Basketball in their efforts to fight cancer.
Click here to donate to the Kay Yow Cancer Fund.
Click here to donate to the Secret Sisters Society.
Click here to donate to RiverBend Cancer Services.
Player Warm-ups Auction
Fans will have the opportunity to bid on player warm-ups during the Pink Game with an option to place the name of their loved one on the back of the shirt. This year’s auction will go live from Feb. 12-26. The bidding page is auctions.und.com.
Fans will have the opportunity to purchase a cutout of themselves or their loved ones to be displayed in the stands during the Pink Game on Feb. 18. The price for a Cutout is $40, with a Feb. 10 deadline to purchase. To purchase your cutout, click here.
When purchasing you will have the option to select free pickup at the Joyce Center at a future date TBD or to have it mailed to you after the season for an additional $25.
This year we are asking fans to submit photos of themselves or their loved ones who are cancer survivors, thrivers or anyone affected by cancer to be featured in a special video that will be released on our social media channels during halftime of the game. Photos can be emailed to Notre Dame Marketing at email@example.com. The deadline to submit photos is Thursday, Feb. 11.
Secret Sisters Society® and Women’s Task Force (Local)
The Foundation of Saint Joseph Health System is driven by the belief that all women in our community deserve quality healthcare. Supported in this mission by the Women’s Task Force—which empowers women, through knowledge and support to gain optimal health—and thousands of dedicated community members in the Secret Sisters Society, we have been able to touch countless women’s lives. Ultimately, our work is a promise to women we may never even meet–that we will be the advocates for the healthcare they deserve. Initiatives include recommending and implementing programs that relate to women and cancer, promoting early detection, explaining treatment options, providing supportive care and celebrating survivorship.
Thanks to the Notre Dame Women’s Basketball Pink Zone games, the Women’s Task Force has been able to provide screening mammograms, cervical cancer screenings and breast health education to the women of this community. In 2017, Pink Zone funds helped Saint Joseph Health System purchase a state-of-the-art Mobile Medical Unit that travels throughout northern Indiana providing mammograms.
For women who are unable to afford a mammogram, the Women’s Task Force partners with United Health Services to administer the Secret Sisters program so that patients may choose where they receive their cancer screenings. Women must qualify due to income for the Indiana Breast and Cervical Cancer Program (BCCP) and be between the ages of 40-49 to be eligible for a Secret Sisters screening. Then, if additional testing is necessary, or if cancer is detected, women can access resources through the BCCP program for further treatment. BCCP program for further treatment. Contact United Health Services at 574-247-6053 for more information.
Each September, the Women’s Task Force presents the Secret Sisters Society luncheon and style show as a fundraiser for women’s health initiatives, including mammograms and educational opportunities. An uplifting and heartfelt event, the luncheon features cancer survivors modeling clothing from local boutiques and sharing the story of their cancer journey. Since 2003, the Secret Sisters Society has provided over $775,000 in screenings and cancer care to local women. You can become a member of the Secret Sisters Society at any time throughout the year. Please visit The Secret Sisters Society® Website for event information and details about how you can become a member.
RiverBend Cancer Services (Local)
RiverBend Cancer Services has been providing support programs for cancer patients, survivors, their families and friends for 78 years. What was started by caring physicians has evolved into an organization in partnership with the entire Michiana oncology care community. People with a cancer diagnosis find RiverBend through word of mouth and referrals from the local healthcare community.
We understand that everyone’s cancer journey is different. We also know that more and more people are surviving cancer and living a new normal. In May of 2015, RiverBend opened the area’s first Wellness House designed to support people where they need us. Some might need help paying for prescriptions, while others may need a counselor to help them sort out problems and priorities.
Some might want to join a community of other survivors in a support group environment. Some might want to focus on learning about how to improve their cancer journey though healthy eating, exercise and stress management. Some might simply need a ride to treatment. RiverBend Cancer Services is all of that and more. Our programs help those living with cancer feel more hopeful and empowered to manage their cancer treatment and survivorship.
All of RiverBend’s programs are provided free of charge to anyone in our community affected by a cancer diagnosis. To learn more about RiverBend and to review our current schedule of programs, please visit Riverbend Cancer Services Website.
Kay Yow Cancer Fund (National)
The Kay Yow Cancer Fund is a charitable organization committed to being a part of finding an answer in the fight against women’s cancers through raising money for scientific research, assisting the underserved and unifying people for a common cause. Since the Fund’s inception, nearly $8 million has been raised and $2.5 million has been granted for scientific research and related programs focused on women’s cancers thanks to the generosity and continued support of our donors. For more information, visit the Kay Yow Cancer Fund Website.