Families honored at NSU's Blackout Cancer football game

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The NSU football team took the field for more than just a game.

"We've had people in our program affected by cancer, family members friends," said Senior Linebacker Noah MacPherson.

Raising money and awareness for childhood cancer.

"It's a really cool deal, we get money together, hopefully give it to a good cause, help somebody out," said Quarterback Hunter Trautman.

Jessica Hagen's and Ryan Wolfenden's sons were two of the kids honored at halftime.

"Jackson was diagnosed with Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia in August of 2015," Jessica Hagan said, mother of Jackson Hagen.

"When our youngest son, who's now nine months was born, we came home two days later from the hospital and found a bump on Tucker's lip," said Ryan Wolfenden, Father of Tucker Wolfenden.

Hagen and her family were traveling from Aberdeen to Sioux Falls every week for treatment.

"Now we are going down once a month, it's just been a lot," said Hagen.

Wolfenden and his family have spent weeks away from home, and fought through several surgeries, but both families push on.

"It's just been chemo each week, right now we're doing our care at Sanford Children's Hospital," Ryan Wolfenden said.

The families are looking forward to what the future holds for their sons.

"You know, he'll understand when he gets older and he's 18 years old and we're celebrating, look at this young man and who he's become and the man of God he's becoming," said Wolfenden.

"October 25th he will have his final IV Chemo, and then on November 10th he will take his final pills, so we're super excited, it's been a long three years," Hagen said.

It's families like these that Northern State University is proud to honor during their Blackout Cancer Game.