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A Classy Move by Virginia Tech

Coach Frank Beamer and the Hokies football program announced Thursday that it will be holding a fundraiser to aid Mark Herzlich, a linebacker at Boston College, in his fight with cancer.

Virginia Tech will be selling wristbands for $1 on Saturday when No. 11 Virginia Tech (2-1) hosts No. 9 Miami (2-0, 2-0 ACC). They will be available in Blacksburg at the University Bookstore, Volume II and the Hokie Stadium Shops at Lane Stadium. Also, members of the Hokies' football scout team will be circulating throughout the parking lots Saturday in an effort to sell the wristbands.

All of the funds donated will go to Uplifting Athletes, a national nonprofit organization that raises attention to rare diseases through outreach, research, education and advocacy.

Herzlich's story is well known in college football. Last spring, he learned he had Ewing's Sarcoma, a rare form of cancer that typically affects young men. The goal of the Hokies' initiative is to raise $5,094 and present him with a check prior to kickoff when Boston College visits Lane Stadium on Oct. 10. (The additional $94, in case you were wondering, is in honor of the jersey number Herzlich wears on the field.)

As a personal aside, I find this a touchy and classy gesture on the part of Virginia Tech. With all that has been discussed this week -- really, the stakes in Saturday's game could not get much bigger in terms of creating a ripple that will affect the ACC landscape -- it says an awful lot that the program has taken the time out for this initiative.

By Mark Viera  |  September 24, 2009; 3:19 PM ET
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