When you are diagnosed with any type of cancer, you fight like a champion. Paqui Kelly, two-time breast cancer survivor and co-founder and board president of the Kelly Cares Foundation, understands that fight.Kelly founded the organization with her husband, Irish head coach Brian Kelly, after her first experience with cancer.“I was sick for 18 months for the first time around. After I got better, I wanted to do something to help,” Kelly said. “I saw a lot of things when I was sick, and I was thankful that I had all the insurance that I needed, rides to chemo, people to take care of me during times that weren’t very good days.“There were people, single people, who were struggling doing the same things I did. I found out that there are a lot of non-profits that have lots of little ‘angel people,’ as I call them, those single people, because they need help just like everyone else. That was where the idea started.”Monday, the organization held “Paqui’s Pink Out Zumba,” a free Zumba class on the field at Notre Dame Stadium, Kelly said. More than 900 people attended the event and participants received free goody bags and t-shirts.“It’s a lot of fun, and you can’t go wrong with movement and music,” Kelly said. “I’m so excited to be a part of it. We share stories and [talk about] how much has changed because of the amount of fundraising, education, new drugs and early detection programs.”Kelly said this is the second year the foundation has hosted Zumba in the stadium.“Cancer doesn’t just happen in October. Our theme for Paqui’s 2015 Wellness Playbook is educate, thrive and support,” Kelly said. “Those are the things you need to do. If you have an illness, you’ll need to educate yourself about that illness. You are going to have lots of support and to let yourself accept that support. The thrive part [of the theme comes in] when the people supporting you thrive off of you becoming better. It’s all part of the healing process, in my experience.”The Paqui’s Playbook series was created after the organization felt that breast cancer support was lacking in the South Bend area, Patrizia Martellaro, the marketing and development manger for the foundation, said.“There is not a lot in the area during October. So the series was created and designed to touch everyone with a bunch of different activities,” Martellaro said. “It is meant to get people educated on breast cancer and what they can do as a survivor or someone going through it or someone who just cares about the cause.”Martellaro said that the foundation wanted to plan a fun event that everyone could get involved with during Breast Cancer Awareness Month. The event was designed to bring in students from the University, as well as those from the surrounding South Bend community.“Because health is one of the pillars of our organization, and staying healthy, having a healthy lifestyle is so important to preventing any kind of disease, including cancer, we wanted to do something health-related that people could get involved in,” said Martellaro.According to Kelly, the event was simply designed to raise awareness for the cause.“For the people that have gone through it, it is something to help them celebrate their health,” she said.Throughout Breast Cancer Awareness Month, the foundation will hold numerous different events as part of the Paqui’s Playbook series, Martellaro said. In addition to the Pink Out Zumba Event, the foundation will be holding a Pedal in Pink Cycle event on campus in the Rockne Memorial on Oct. 27.“What we hope people get out of it [is] to motivate each other to go get their mammograms and have good health habits. That is the goal,” Kelly said.Tags: breast cancer awareness, cancer, Kelly Cares Foundation, zumba
Press Association Brunel’s men might have viewed this prior to kick-off as a chance to take a five-point maximum, but it quickly became apparent the game would not go that way. In the end Italy were relieved to claim four points from the Canadians, whose coach Kieran Crowley said his players were “shattered” by the manner of the loss. Italy’s French coach Brunel said: “If the team plays the way it did today we will go 30 points under against Ireland. If we don’t have precision it will not be a contest – this is the truth. “But we have the ability to play differently – it’s not like we are not able to play (well). We didn’t deliver in the first or second games (the first was a 32-10 defeat to France) so let’s see what happens next week.” Brunel reported that it might be “difficult” for stand-in captain and hooker Leonardo Ghiraldini to play in the Ireland game on October 4 after limping off with a leg injury in the second half at Elland Road. Monday will also be D-Day for inspirational number eight Sergio Parisse, who has played no part in the tournament so far as he continues his recovery from a calf injury. Brunel called on the likes of scrum-half Edoardo Gori and fly-half Allan to step up to the plate in Parisse’s absence. “If somebody is more experienced on the pitch they can have a bigger influence,” Brunel said when asked about Parisse. “But the players we had on the pitch have the ability to have this quality. Gori has to be influential, Allan must be influential, they have a future in this team but they are in difficulty at the moment.” Canada caught Italy cold in numerous ways, dominating the scrum and appearing to leave the Europeans flummoxed as they opted not to contest line-outs. Canucks coach Crowley felt his side’s overall lack of top-level experience was the difference. “It’s about managing games. The more games you have at the elite level, you are going to get better at it,” the New Zealander said. “We are pretty disappointed, and shattered. The guys gave it everything, they played with real emotion and energy, but it was not quite enough.” Gonzalo Garcia restored Italy’s lead to 20-15 and despite Nathan Hirayama cutting the deficit to two points, Italy were able to close it out with Allan’s final penalty taking him to 13 points. Canada take on France in their next match on Thursday, and will hope to provide another scare to one of Europe’s big guns. The Azzurri fell behind to a buccaneering DTH van der Merwe try but went into the break 13-10 to the good after a Michele Rizzo try and eight points from the boot of Tommaso Allan. Canada flew out of the blocks after the restart and threatened another great World Cup upset as full-back Matt Evans sprinted clear to put them ahead. The match then seemed to turn on the TMO decision to rule out Phil Mackenzie’s try in the 45th minute for a forward pass by Conor Trainor. Italy coach Jacques Brunel admitted his team had again failed to deliver after squeaking to a 23-18 victory against Canada and predicted a hammering against Ireland if this performance was repeated next weekend.
The Browns’ ride with wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. is beginning to feel as bumpy as Sporting News contributor and former NFL team executive Jeff Diamond predicted it would.As 5-7 Cleveland prepared for its Week 14 home game against 1-11 Cincinnati on Sunday, Fox Sports’ Jay Glazer reported Beckham, 27, has been telling opponents he wants out. “Come get me,” Beckham has told opposing players before and during games this season, according to Glazer, who reminded Fox’s viewers that the Browns were not Beckham’s choice as a destination when he was traded from the Giants earlier this year.Does Odell Beckham Jr. really want out of Cleveland? @JayGlazer has the latest: pic.twitter.com/5XEDYj6Iba— FOX Sports: NFL (@NFLonFOX) December 8, 2019Further, NFL Network reported Sunday morning that Beckham “intends to undergo postseason surgery for a sports hernia” after he plays through the Browns’ final four games of the 2019 season. Beckham admitted he has been playing through pain all season but told ESPN he had not made a decision on surgery.”I’ve been pretty much banged up all year since whatever happened in camp,” Beckham told reporters this week. “I’ve been playing through it, doing whatever I can just to make it to Sunday for the game. So anytime that Sunday comes around, 1 o’clock, 4 o’clock, 8, Monday night, Thursday, I’m going to give this team everything that I have, no matter what.”After Sunday’s game, quarterback Baker Mayfield told reporters the Browns mishandled Beckham’s injury before backtracking on Twitter later in the afternoon.#Browns’ Baker Mayfield on injury Odell Beckham Jr. has been playing through this year: “It wasn’t handled the right way in our training room.” Mayfield added he believes Beckham should have had surgery in training camp and missed a game or two instead of playing hurt all season.— Nate Ulrich (@ByNateUlrich) December 8, 2019Those people within our building know my intentions and where I am coming from. I truly believe that and I apologize to those that don’t deserve the backlash…. today was a good team win. On to the next one.— Baker Mayfield (@bakermayfield) December 8, 2019MORE: Freddie Kitchens among coaches on hottest seatsBeckham’s play this season has not reached the standards he set in his first five years in the NFL, all in New York. The sixth-year pro is averaging career lows in receptions per game (4.8), receiving yards per game (67.1) and catch percentage (55.3) with the Browns, and he has just two receiving touchdowns through 12 games. When the Giants traded Beckham to the Browns in March, they did so less than a year after making him the highest-paid wide receiver in the NFL. As a result, Beckham has counted for $16 million in dead money on New York’s salary cap while he has played in Cleveland this year.However, thanks in part to the Giants having already paid Beckham a good chunk of the money owed in his deal, the Browns would not be on the same financial hook should they decide to trade the receiver. If dealt before June 1, Beckham would save Cleveland $14,250,000 in salary cap space with no dead cap charge.As Diamond wrote in July, “Cleveland’s day of reckoning for bringing in OBJ is inevitable.” Based on Glazer’s report, it could come in the form of another trade after a failed season in Cleveland.