NC State joining ACC teams in aid for Herzlich

Posted by ESPN.com's Heather Dinich

NC State is the latest team in the ACC to hold a fundraiser to benefit Ewing's Sarcoma research in honor of BC linebacker Mark Herzlich, who was diagnosed with the rare cancer in May.

The Wolfpack have already raised more than $2,000 to donate to Uplifting Athletes, coach Tom O'Brien said on Monday, and the players have given up some of their meal money to contribute to the foundation. It's important to note that this money is NOT going to Herzlich or his family, it's going to Uplifting Athletes, which makes sure the money is used for research on Ewing's Sarcoma.

All ACC fans can participate in this, and help your respective team reach its fundraising goal through the ACC Fan Challenge. The goal for each team is $9,400, in honor of Herzlich's jersey number.

O'Brien is asking fans to donate to the fund at Saturday's home game against Duke. There will be collections at the gate. O'Brien, the former coach at Boston College, said he talked to Herzlich last Friday and still trades text messages with him.

"He's very spirited," O'Brien said. "He got a good report, very positive. I don't want to get on BC, but we had to do it this week so we could take it with us next week."

Florida State donated $9,400 at last weekend's game, Clemson gave $5,000, and the Orange Bowl gave $5,000. Virginia Tech is hoping to present Herzlich with a check for $9,400 on Saturday when the Hokies host the Eagles. Boston College's chapter of Uplifting Athletes -- which was entirely organized by the players on the team -- raised $31,000 through their Lift for Life event this past summer.