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Deischer leading area cancer fundraiser

Monday, October 8, 2012

Linton-Stockton senior kicker Dyllanne Deischer has made a name for herself as one of the area's best high school kickers.

Now she's trying to use those same skills to help raise awareness for breast cancer research and the Susan G. Kommen Foundation of the Wabash Valley.

"I wanted to have a 'Pink Night' for football," she said. "So I got in touch with the Susan G. Komen Foundation of the Wabash Valley. It's something that we've not done before and I wanted to do something."

Deischer, who decided to help raise funds after she learned of the long list of relatives that were affected by cancer, is giving fans an opportunity to honor cancer victims and survivors in their own families.

"There's definitely a lot of personal motivation behind it," Deischer said. "My grandma, her sister had cancer, her mom had cancer, my uncle died of cancer, there's a lot and it adds up fast.

"I know that probably every person you talk to has known someone who was affected by cancer, so it's kind of a big deal for everyone -- until this I didn't think about how many people in my family had been affected by cancer."

For a donation of $10 fans can purchase an IHSAA-approved helmet sticker that will be worn by a Miner player during their game with North Central at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis this Saturday.

"The stickers will be pink ribbons," Deischer said. "You have the name of someone who has or had cancer put on it and they'll be worn during the game."

Deischer's efforts aren't just limited to football helmet stickers. The Linton-Stockton career leader in point after touchdown kicks is also spearheading fundraising at the school level.

Her efforts there include a "hat day" and popsicle sale at the elementary school and a bake sale at the high school.

"The principal said both of those go over real well, so hopefully those will raise a lot," she said. "We'll have bake sales in the high school on Thursday and Friday."

There's also another way for local fans to take part in the fundraising thanks to the creation of 'Tackle Cancer' T-shirts.

"I'm trying to get them here before the game (at Indianapolis) so we can sell them Thursday and Friday," she said. "But we're also selling them at the game."

The shirts will be available at a special location that will be set up at Lucas Oil Stadium.

"There will be a pink tent set up Saturday where they'll be selling T-shirts and pink ornaments," Deischer noted. "You can get them all at the pink tent. They'll be selling pink footballs and things like that to help raise money."

Desicher admits she got a late start on the fundraiser but is aiming for a total of $1,000 as a goal.

"We just started two weeks ago, so it's kind of a late start," she said. "But hopefully we can get the word out enough that we can do it."

Anyone interested in obtaining a sticker or just to make a donation can do so by going online to www.formstack.com/forms/TP-PlayPink or by contacting Deischer directly at (812) 230-4245.

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