Irish softball continues to "strikeout cancer"

When the Notre Dame softball team began is strikeout cancer event four years ago, little Tatum Gumpf was in the midst of a major battle with leukemia.

Four years later, Tatum is all smiles, enjoying life and most importantly, 18 months cancer free.

Tatum's mom Deanna is the head coach of the Irish softball team.

The "Strikeout Cancer" game has turned into a whole weekend long event.

"It's definitely a celebration," Deanna says with a smile. "I love seeing [Tatum's] buddies from the clinic who are doing so well too. I thank God everyday for what a difference those doctors have made in all these kids lives. We're so lucky to have a great clinic unit right here at Memorial [Hospital} and saving kids every day."

The Irish wore orange on Sunday, the color that represents the fight against childhood cancer.

And inspired by the now 8-year-old Tatum, the Irish got the jump done on the field--defeating Maryland 9-0 in game one and 8-5 in game two.

The "Strikeout Cancer" weekend concludes Monday night when the Irish host the Terps at 7pm at Melissa Cook Stadium.


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