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Community invited to help ‘Tackle Cancer’ at Oct. 10 football game

Burnsville High School students, athletes and fans will help fight cancer when the school hosts its first “Tackle Cancer” football game on Friday, Oct. 10, featuring the Burnsville Blaze and Lakeville North Panthers football teams.  

Students in the Burnsville High School DECA program and their advisor, teacher Meggan Malone, have designed a t-shirt that will be sold at the game to raise money for Randy Shaver’s Cancer Research and Community Fund. In addition, the students are once again partnering with Burger Jones, a Burnsville restaurant, to offer the popular “Blaze Burger” throughout October. For each Blaze Burger sold, $1 will be donated to the Randy Shaver Fund.

“The first day of school, the DECA students were introduced to the Tackle Cancer project and have run with it,” Malone said, who is always looking for ways to involve her students in real-world learning. “They are implementing their original ideas from the concept stage to planning to executing and measuring their effectiveness. Each student has been affected by this cause in some way or another and, through their efforts, they want to make a difference.”

DECA students have been marketing the Blaze Burger and the Tackle Cancer game in a number of ways, including walking in the Burnsville Fire Muster Parade, handing out flyers at the homecoming football game, designing and hanging posters throughout schools and the community, and even through Twitter campaigns.

Laurie Samuel, a member of the Football Boosters and educational assistant at M.W. Savage Elementary in Savage, is organizing the events surrounding the game itself. She says the cause is close to her heart.

“I’ve always thought it was a phenomenal idea to use these high school football games as a platform to raise awareness and funds for cancer research. Unfortunately, like many others, I’ve had family and friends who were diagnosed with cancer and have lost some,” she said, adding that her best friend had just recently been diagnosed with cancer.

The Tackle Cancer game will kick off at 7 p.m. on Oct. 10 at Pates Stadium. Along with t-shirts, there will also be donation boxes available to support the cause. Organizers are calling for an “orange out” at the game, meaning fans are encouraged to wear orange to show solidarity and raise awareness for cancer research.

To learn more about Tackle Cancer and the Randy Shaver Cancer Research and Community Fund, go to

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Posted: Thursday, September 25, 2014 - 14:13