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Jeff Kolpack, Published February 06 2013

Students' fundraiser for Bison's Hannah Linz up to $9,000

Fargo - North Dakota State women’s basketball player Hannah Linz has known all along her teammates have had her back. Lately, a few more have hopped on the bandwagon.

Like every student-athlete at the school.

The NDSU Student-Athlete Advisory Council, the student representative body of the athletic department, has spearheaded a fundraising drive that is getting hotter by the day. So far, and with at least a month to go, almost $9,000 has been raised to help Linz’s battle with Hodgkin’s lymphoma.

“Every dollar is a success,” said Nate Mattson, who competes in track and field. “So far, I think it’s an amazing accomplishment. It’s an amazing experience to help a friend in a way like this.”

Mattson and Linz are nursing students, and are both going through their junior year that is said to be the toughest in the program. It’s somebody like Mattson who sees the continued strong spirits of Linz, a three-time all-Summit League academic selection who has remained in school while undergoing chemotherapy treatments.

It’s Linz’s second battle with the ailment, having conquered it two years ago.

“So we know whatever we can do to help out is time she’ll have to put toward her studies,” Mattson said.

The Student-Athlete Advisory Council has set up free-will donation buckets at every home sporting event. Another chance for the public to help is tonight when the Bison women’s basketball team hosts Oakland University (Mich.) at the Bison Sports Arena.

“Wow. Unbelievable. Amazing,” said Bison head coach Carolyn DeHoff. “It’s also not a shocker, based on my first year here when we had the flood and the support came from many-a-places. It’s how everybody here unifies for a great cause and it’s no different than what is happening with Hannah.”

The Council has sent communication to faculty, students, Team Makers booster group and basketball alumni.

“Basically everybody we can think of,” said golfer Nathan Anderson.

Also on the fundraising docket is a spaghetti feed on March 4, a “Battle of the Cents-es” by NDSU ambassador organizations and a raffle at the Feb. 23 women’s game against Nebraska-Omaha and Feb. 26 men’s game against Utah Valley State University. Moreover, Northern Iowa, Western Illinois and Missouri-Kansas City have also solicited donations for Linz.

“And there may be more that we are not aware of,” DeHoff said.

Anderson just got on the phone after tying an NDSU school record for low golf round with a 64. That was a brief conversation. Talking about Linz lasted far longer.

“If any of us we’re in that situation, I would like to think other people would do it for us,” he said. “When you see somebody struggling, you want to help out. Our job is to get the word out.”

Linz, who is a senior this year, retired her playing status last month to start her treatments at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn. She played in 100 career games finishing second on the NDSU career list in 3-pointers made with 156. She was 12th nationally last year in 3-point accuracy hitting 40 percent of her shots beyond the arc.

Forum reporter Jeff Kolpack can be reached at (701) 241-5546.

Kolpack’s NDSU media blog can be found

at www.areavoices.com/bisonmedia