Coaches vs Cancer program reaches milestone

NOW: Coaches vs Cancer program reaches milestone

SOUTH BEND, Ind. - In just a couple of months, Notre Dame Men's Basketball Head Coach Mike Brey will lead the Fighting Irish for a 17th consecutive season.

On the court, Coach Brey has led Notre Dame to 12 NCAA tournament appearances but this weekend, it's the battle he’s taking on off the court that hes just as proud of.

Coach Brey has been a part of Coaches vs Cancer every year since becoming Notre Dame’s head coach. He’s back at it again this year.

Since Coach Brey became the honorary chair for Coaches vs Cancer, millions of dollars have been raised. 

Sunday night, another $45,000 was raised after a successful silent auction at Four Winds Field.

Monday, participants in the 2017 Notre Dame Men's Basketball Coaches vs Cancer Golf classic raised over $163,000, which means over $3 million has been raised collectively over the 16 years that Coach Mike Brey has been the honorary chair for Coaches vs Cancer in South Bend.

“I think that’s why all these cancer events are so important because everyone has a personal connection to cancer there isn’t anyone that you know or I know that hasn’t had somebody family member or friend be impacted by cancer, diagnosed with cancer battle cancer so I think it’s the most important health cause of our lifetime obviously awesome if can eradicate it during our lifetime," said Sean McDonough, ESPN sportscaster.

McDonough, the voice of ESPN's Monday Night Football says when Coach Brey asks you to do something important to him, you do it.

Its why McDonough and dozens of others gathered at the Pepsi Club Suite inside Four Winds Field on Sunday for the 2017 Coaches vs Cancer silent auction reception.

For Coach Brey, whose father and brother both battled cancer, Coaches vs Cancer has been a significant part of his life, since becoming Notre Dame's head coach in 2000.

“The thing that I love is 80 percent of the funds we raise stay here in Michiana and a great example is we have 1.1 million dollars of grant at the Harper Cancer Center which is like a home game for us right there at Notre Dame a lot of familiar faces come back to support this cause, we have a lot of fun and were trying to raise money to end this dreaded disease," said Brey.

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