The Cintas Center will hold the annual Night for the Fight fundraising and awareness event for pediatric cancer on Friday, Feb. 26. Similar to Relay for Life, this overnight event welcomes over 100 different high schools students from the tri-state area for a night full of games, competitions, and insight from young cancer survivors. CancerFree KIDS’ Night for the Fight, presented by Lids Foundation will take place from 7 p.m.-7 a.m.
Mt. Notre Dame graduate Kelly Higgins created the Cincinnati-based program with the intent of it being a fundraising and awareness event geared toward high school students. This is the second year McNick has had a team participate.
The McNicholas team includes sophomore Tess Forman, juniors Lauren Riede, Lisa Sandmann, Kelsey Minnick and Emily Vieth. “We expect nearly 1,000 people to be involved this year. Last year alone we raised over $90,000 that went towards doctors for research,” Forman said. “This year we hope to clear $110,000 for childhood cancer research.”
Night for the Fight supports fundraising for pediatric cancer, which affects more than 15,000 children in the United States each year. In order to participate and help combat the effects of pediatric cancer, teams of up to 15 people enter the event with an initial $100 fee. The teams then raise money on their own to donate the night of the event.
“The event is really a lot of fun,” Riede said. “We give away gift cards and prizes, listen to inspiring talks from survivors, and really just get to see how great the effects of pediatric cancer are and how lucky we all are to be able to help out.”
To make a team, visit the Night for the Fight homepage and register. Not interested in participating? Donations can still be accepted. For any further questions, consult the Night for the Fight home page for more information or any of the McNicholas team members.