September 30, 2009
Hokies up fundraising goal for Herzlich
Original goal already surpassed
BLACKSBURG, Va. - Virginia Tech football coach Frank Beamer announced Wednesday that a new goal has been set for the Virginia Tech football team’s fundraising efforts in honor of Boston College linebacker Mark Herzlich.

“There has been such an overwhelming response from our fans and the community that we want to raise our goal to $9,400,” Beamer said. “This outpouring of generosity truly shows what the Hokie Nation is all about and I’m thankful for that.”

The original goal of the initiative was set at $5,094, but over $7,000 has already been raised through the sale of Team United wristbands for $1 each. Members of the Virginia Tech football scout team sold the wristbands during last Saturday’s game with the University of Miami. The wristbands continue to be available at the University Bookstore, Volume II and at the Virginia Tech football offices and will be sold through Oct. 9. Individuals or groups wishing to purchase a minimum of 100 wristbands can do so by e-mailing the Virginia Tech Football Office at lepperly@vt.edu. Checks are to be made out to Uplifting Athletes and no credit card orders will be taken.

A check will be presented to Herzlich when Boston College visits Lane Stadium/Worsham Field on Oct. 10. The number 94 is included in honor of Herzlich’s jersey number at BC. Herzlich was diagnosed last spring with Ewing’s Sarcoma, a rare form of cancer that typically affects young men.

All funds donated will go directly to Uplifting Athletes, a national non-profit organization aligning college football with rare diseases and raising them as a national priority through outreach, research, education and advocacy.

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