Pink Zone 2020
The University of Notre Dame Women’s Basketball’s Pink Zone initiative has made a tremendous impact on our local community over the last ten years by providing funds for education, screenings, support and research for breast cancer.
While we give 15% of our donations to the National Kay Yow Cancer Fund, the other 85% of donations stay 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. This year, we have joined in partnership with Riverbend Cancer Services. 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.
You can help Notre Dame Women’s Basketball in their Pink Zone efforts to fight cancer.
Player Warmup and Coaches’ Polo Auction
Once again this year, fans will have the opportunity to bid on player warmup shirts to place their loved one’s name on the back. Same opportunity as well for the polo shirts the coaching staff will wear during the game. Stay tuned for a link to the bidding page.
2020 Play4Kay Free Throw Challenge
Support Notre Dame in the Play4Kay Free Throw Challenge. We are competing against other college basketball teams around the country to see who can raise the most money for those battling cancer. Help us reach our goal and support the Kay Yow Cancer Fund by pledging for every free throw we make during the month of February. Every pledge will make a serious impact on those battling cancer. Make your pledge today by clicking here.
During the month of February, basketball teams around the country will be participating in the Play4Kay National Free Throw Challenge benefitting the Kay Yow Cancer Fund. Players, coaches and fans will be uniting in an effort to extend and improve the lives of all women battling cancer by raising money for research and assisting the underserved. Teams from all 50 states participate in Play4Kay and have made this the largest fundraising initiative of the Kay Yow Cancer Fund.
The following items will be on sale at the Pink Zone table located at Gate 9 of Purcell Pavilion
- Pink Zone T-shirts for $15 for adults & youth
- Pink or Green shamrock pens for $1
Welcome all cancer survivors to join us on the court at halftime for a special recognition. This year we will have a speed painter presentation.
Pink Zone Beneficiaries 80% – Secret Sisters Society and Women’s Task Force (Local) EDUCATION, SCREENINGS AND SUPPORT Secret Sisters Society®
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 UNDWBB 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.
5% – RiverBend Cancer Services (Local)
RiverBend Cancer Services has been providing support programs for cancer patients, survivors, their families and friends for 74 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 areas 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 Survivors’ Website.
15% – Kay Yow Cancer Fund (National)
FINDING THE ANSWER 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, $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 WBCA.org.