"Go Irish. Let's Do it. Beat Cancer," roared former Irish basketball coach Digger Phelps to jump start the annual Relay for Life Event at Notre Dame Stadium Friday night.
Members of the Irish community began walking around the concourse of the Stadium just before 7pm Friday night and will continue to do so until Saturday morning. It's all to raise money to fight cancer.
The Irish band and football team were among those participating. The event is particularly meaningful for linebackers Carlo Calabrese and Manti Te'o.
"This night means a lot," says Calabrese as he walked around the track with teammates Bennett Jackson and Jake Golic. "My mom had breast cancer, she beat it, she did great and she's doing great now. We're walking around the stadium trying to raise money for a good cause."
Te'o walked last year on behalf of both of his grandfathers. Sadly this year's event has taken on an even more personal meaning for him.
"I lost both of my grandfathers to cancer," Te'o said as he walked around the track with some young Irish fans. "It's hard. It's crazy. A year ago, my grandfather was alive and now at this Relay for Life, he's passed on and he's in a better place now."
"This event is really special to me and it's been special since I was little. It's nice to be out here and raise awareness for a disease that is hurting a lot of families."