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The band Chicago dedicates its 2012 tour to Brian Kelly’s wife, Paqui

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The band Chicago has decided to dedicate its 2012 US tour to Paqui Kelly, wife of Notre Dame coach Brian Kelly.

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Chicago has partnered with the American Cancer Society for the third consecutive year and not only is Paqui Kelly a friend of the band, she's also a two-time breast cancer survivor.

Paqui Kelly was originally diagnosed in 2002 and underwent a double mastectomy in the spring of 2008. Two of Paqui Kelly's sisters, Monie and Eli, also had mastectomies after bouts with breast cancer.

Since beating the disease, Paqui Kelly has devoted her time to the Kelly Cares Foundation, a non-profit focused on breast cancer education, prevention and research.

And her husband has gotten Notre Dame on board. During Notre Dame's game against Air Force last October, the Irish wore pink accents on their uniforms and Brian Kelly wore pink ties to his midweek and postgame press conferences.

The band is also auctioning off a Sing with Chicago package that includes a meet and greet with the band among other perks and all proceeds go to the American Cancer Society.

The only weird part of the tour? The band released 17 tour dates and none of them are in the state of Indiana (where Notre Dame is located) or in Chicago. The band said it is adding more dates soon.

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Thanks to Notre Dame sports information director Brian Hardin for the heads up.

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