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Hokies raise $7,021 for cancer research

Before Virginia Tech played Wake Forest on Tuesday, Hokies Coach Seth Greenberg presented a check for $7,021 to the American Cancer Society to conclude a fundraiser in honor of a former player, Allen Calloway, who died of cancer.

Earlier this month, Virginia Tech announced that it would be raising money for brain cancer research in honor of Calloway, a forward for the Hokies from 2002 to 2006. He died in February 2009 after a four-year battle with cancer.

"That game was a great reflection of Allen," Greenberg said after the Hokies' 87-83 win over the No. 23 Demon Deacons. "It was a great reflection of who he is and what he was to us. We were determined, resilient. We stayed together."

Greenberg was emotional after the game, with tears in his eyes as he greeted his daughters and made his way off the court. Asked why he was emotional Greenberg said: "The thing with Allen, just thinking about him, quite honestly. He was a special kid."

To raise the money, the program sold commemorative bracelets with "AC #21" and "Forever a Hokie" on campus, in off-campus shops and in Cassell Coliseum on game days.

The goal of the initiative was to raise $3,021 and present a check prior to Virginia Tech's meeting with Wake Forest. The $21 extra dollars is in honor of the jersey number Calloway wore during his Hokie career.

By Mark Viera  |  February 17, 2010; 3:00 PM ET
 
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