The Fighting Irish football team will don its traditional blue and gold uniforms when it faces Stanford at Notre Dame Stadium on Saturday, but players will add a bold color to their game day look: pink. During the annual Pink Game, sponsored by the Kelly Cares Foundation (KCF) in honor of National Breast Cancer Awareness Month, players and coaches will accessorize with pink wristbands, shoelaces and other items to show their support for both the foundation and breast cancer awareness in general, KCF executive director Lisa Klunder said. The Pink Game also gives the Foundation an arena for raising awareness of its commitment to health, education and community, and its particular focus on breast cancer education and research, Klunder said. “This is a great opportunity for the foundation to get its name out there and let the community, fans and alumni know what we do,” she said. “Since October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month, this is a perfect platform to do that.” Founded by Irish head coach Brian Kelly and his wife, Paqui, the Foundation dedicates much of its work to causes related to breast cancer awareness due to Paqui Kelly’s personal connection to the cause as a two-time survivor of the disease, she said. “As part of the three pillars of the organization, we focus on breast cancer awareness, education and research,” she said. “We continue to help organizations in any of those facets, whether it’s assisting research facilities with funding or me doing speaking engagements and encouraging people to be proactive about their health.” The Foundation also supports other non-profit organizations, Paqui Kelly said, as it recently donated $10,000 to Notre Dame swim coach Brian Barnes’s Coaches vs. Cancer event in honor of Barnes’s late wife, Alyssa. This year’s Pink Game holds special significance for Paqui Kelly, as she celebrated being five years cancer-free in September. “The first time around, I didn’t get to celebrate because I was diagnosed again before the five-year mark,” she said. In addition to the visual display of support from the football team and sales of Adidas licensed pink gear on game day, Klunder said the Foundation will be selling facemasks of Brian Kelly’s pink-visored face to fans as part of a partnership with the Logan Center in South Bend. “The proceeds will be split 50-50 between the Logan Center and the Foundation. They do wonderful things for their clients, and in keeping with our pillar of community, we can give back to an organization that could use the additional funds,” she said. “The Logan Center’s clients helped assemble [the masks], so they’ve been really proactive and involved in this. I don’t know if there are more or bigger Notre Dame fans than the Logan Center clients.” The upcoming game is a continuation of the Foundation’s other breast cancer awareness efforts, including last week’s second annual Think Pink with Paqui golf outing, which hosted 250 guests and raised more than $75,000 in net proceeds, Klunder said. Although the noncompetitive event was “lighthearted,” Paqui Kelly said its educational value was the real focus of the outing, as two Michiana oncologists spoke to attendees about breast cancer treatment, early detection and research. “The event was quite successful, and we got positive feedback from people who came,” she said. “The oncologists discussed current treatments, and so many things have changed that what people were told 10 years ago is a lot different now. From my first to my second diagnosis, my treatments were very different.” Paqui Kelly said her experience motivates her to share her story and raise awareness of the disease year round, not just in October. “It’s personal to Brian and me. I feel like I had a red carpet with cancer treatment because we had everything we needed along the way,” she said. “It’s also very important to understand that breast cancer doesn’t just happen in October, but using the same platform of awareness as the country and the NFL helps.” For more information about the Kelly Cares Foundation, visit kellycaresfoundation.org.
Healthcare, National Issues, Press Release Harrisburg, PA – Governor Tom Wolf today issued the following statement on news out of Washington, D.C. that Republicans are plotting another effort to dismantle the Affordable Care Act and cut Medicaid:“For the last year and a half, I have worked with bipartisan governors to stop Washington from dismantling the Affordable Care Act, undoing consumer protections for pre-existing conditions and lifetime caps, and making deep and devastating cuts to Medicaid that would hurt seniors and people with disabilities.“As Republicans in Washington plot their next effort to take us backwards on health care, I want to make clear that we are still ready to fight to protect health care for our citizens, especially seniors and those with disabilities. The previous GOP health care proposals would have been devastating for Pennsylvania.“Medicaid expansion is working in Pennsylvania: our uninsured rate is at its lowest point in modern history and hospitals are saving hundreds of millions of dollars now that 720,000 more people have insurance.“Going backwards is not an option. Washington Republicans should be focused on stabilizing the system to lower the cost of health care, insurance premiums, and prescription drugs.” May 17, 2018 Governor Wolf to Washington: We’ll Fight to Save Medicaid SHARE Email Facebook Twitter
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Despite a great performance Tipperary’s Dean Gardiner has failed to progress at the World Elite Boxing Championships in Hamburg.He lost on a split decision to 4th seed Cristian Salcedo of Columbia in his last 16 bout.Here’s the reaction of the AIBA commentator to the result. Photo © AIBA
Preparations for the Club World Cup in Morocco in December are continuing “as planned” even though the country has asked to be replaced as host for the African Cup of Nations (AFCON) the following month due to fears over the spread of the Ebola epidemic. Morocco has no reported cases of the deadly virus that has killed nearly 5,000 people in West Africa, almost all in Liberia, Guinea and Sierra Leone.Unlike the African Nations Cup, this year’s eight-team Club World Cup features only two African sides. The tournament brings together the champions of each of FIFA’s six confederations – in Europe’s case Real Madrid – plus the national league champion from the host country.Matches will be played in Rabat and Marrakesh and FIFA is comfortable that Ebola poses no threat as things stand now. “Should the situation change, we will be in touch with the participating clubs accordingly,” FIFA said in a statement.FIFA said it is in contact with Moroccan authorities and is “constantly updating its position” on the advice of the World Health Organization.Morocco is at loggerheads with the Confederation of African Football over delaying or postponing the Continent’s blue riband event, fearing fans might travel from West Africa for the 16-nation, three-week tournament. CAF insists it must go ahead on the planned dates – January 17 to February 8 – and will meet with Moroccan authorities early next month to try and forge an agreement. South Africa, originally touted as a possible replacement, say they can’t step in while Sudan and Egypt, other countries mentioned as potential stand-ins, are apparently lukewarm over the idea of taking over.