Students promote awareness for Relay for Life

first_imgPurple hair extensions, purple clothing and purple desserts in the dining halls will flood campus this week to promote fundraising and awareness for the Notre Dame Relay for Life, which will take place Apr. 12 and 13. Freshman Teresa Kennedy, honorary student chairperson for Notre Dame’s Relay for Life this year, the Relay committee is hosting Purple Week 2013 through Friday to engage students in its larger mission on campus. The funds raised through Notre Dame’s Relay for Life in April will go toward cancer research at the American Cancer Society, Kennedy said. “[Purple Week] really has a dual purpose because first, all the funds raised go to the Relay and the money we collect there,” Kennedy said. “It’s also a way to get people interested in the Relay and make it interactive, since all of these events are so public and hard to ignore.” Notre Dame Relay for Life chairperson Jessica Brookshire said the committee’s 2013 fundraising goal is $175,000. One of the most visible Purple Week activities is the sale of paper cutout feet, which can be purchased at locations all over campus for $1 each. Last year, paper feet sales raised $6,082 for the Relay, Brookshire said. “It was a great fundraiser as far as dollars raised, but also [for] the awareness it brought about for the event,” Brookshire said. Marc Burdell, an Alumni Association director and this year’s honorary faculty chairperson for the Relay for Life, said the paper feet have both symbolic and monetary value for the project. “Many of the buildings on campus sell these purple feet for $1 and they’re put up all over campus to build a kind of path that leads to the Relay for Life in April,” Burdell said. “For the first time this year, students can purchase feet with Domer Dollars at the Huddle and Reckers.” Kennedy said she is looking forward to “Wear Purple” day on Thursday, when community members are encouraged to dress in purple clothes to show support for the project. “It will be interesting to see how many people there are that day who are willing to back up this cause and really get behind it,” Kennedy said. “It’s two months ahead of the Relay still, but it will be great to see the purple as a visible sign of support.” Purple is “the identifying color for [cancer] surivivors,” Kennedy said, and she can include both herself and Burdell in that category. Kennedy survived a rare form of tissue cancer and Burdell overcame a serious lymphoma diagnosis. Burdell said he thinks of his position as honorary chairperson as an opportunity to connect with others who are affected by cancer. “I was diagnosed about three and a half years ago, and before that, I was healthy,” Burdell said. “I had never even been in the hospital. I went from being unaware and unaffected to being a pretty severe cancer patient. “Now, I can talk about patient advocacy and what people can do to support each other. I find myself today leading a normal life, and as chairperson, I hope to help others understand what I’ve gone through and let them know that they can be empowered to get through it too,” Burdell said. Kennedy said she was involved with the national Relay for Life in high school and that she’s pleased to have the opportunity to participate in the Notre Dame version of the event. “I’m glad I get to share my experience about what I went through with other people here, and I hope people will be able to come to me for support if they or someone they know has cancer,” Kennedy said. “I’m an example that you can lead a totally normal life after a cancer diagnosis.” Purple hair extensions will be sold in the Coleman Morse center on Friday, and purple feet will be sold all week across campus. Notre Dame’s Relay for Life will take place from Apr. 12 to 13 at the Compton Family Ice Arena. Information about the event can be found at relay.org/NDin.last_img read more

Tony Nominee Kristin Chenoweth Set for Concert Tour After Twentieth Century

first_img Star Files View Comments On the Twentieth Century headliner Kristin Chenoweth has a Tony nom (plus a Tony hosting gig), a Drama Desk nom, an Outer Critics Circle nom, a Drama League nom and four Broadway.com Audience Choice Award noms. That’s a whole lotta noms. And how does she celebrate? By hitting the road! The pocket soprano will embark on a national concert tour beginning in Park City, Utah on August 8. On the Twentieth Century is scheduled to conclude its run on July 19.Prior to her star turn as Lily Garland, Chenoweth earned a Tony Award for her performance in You’re a Good Man Charlie Brown. She was also nominated for a little show called Wicked, and appeared on Broadway in The Apple Tree, Promises, Promises and Epic Proportions. She received an Emmy for playing Olive on Pushing Daisies, and was also nominated twice for her guest stint on Glee.The tour will also include stops in Virginia, California, Illinois, Florida and more. For the complete lineup, visit her website.The busy star also stopped by Live! with Kelly and Michael on May 5 and revealed how she keeps her voice in tip-top condition. Check out the interview below.center_img Kristin Chenowethlast_img read more