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Evans to Present Check to BC's Herzlich

Last year, Virginia Tech’s Darren Evans and Boston College’s Mark Herzlich were the stars of their respective football teams as Hokies beat the Eagles, 30-12, in the ACC championship game.

At Saturday’s game between the Hokies and Eagles, both players will again become the focus when Evans presents Herzlich with a check for the fundraiser Virginia Tech has held in his honor. Herzlich was diagnosed with cancer last spring.

For the past two weeks, Virginia Tech has sold $1 wristbands around Blacksburg. 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 initial goal of the Hokies’ initiative was to raise $5,094. After the first weekend, it had raised more than $7,000. A new goal, $9,400, was announced last Wednesday.

Saturday will also be the first time this season that Evans has been in the spotlight. The Hokies’ leading rusher last season, Evans suffered a season-ending knee injury in August. On Tuesday, Coach Frank Beamer said Evans is progressing well in his rehabilitation but said there would be no chance for his return this year.

“He’s doing good,” Beamer said of Evans, adding, “I see him in the hallway every once and a while.”

By Mark Viera  |  October 7, 2009; 10:00 AM ET
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