Dan Fisher finished his senior season as perhaps the most celebrated place-kicker in BU and Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference (PSAC) history. A four-year starter for the Huskies football team, Fisher’s outstanding season placed his name atop both the Bloomsburg and PSAC kicking lists, rewriting the school and conference record books.
This season, Fisher’s kicks held extra impact. He organized the Kick for a Cure campaign, using his ability on the field to raise money and awareness for those suffering from Angelman syndrome, a neurological disorder with no cure that occurs in one out of every 15,000 births. Those afflicted with the disease require lifelong care for symptoms including developmental delay, inability to speak, seizures and walking and balance disorders.
Fisher partnered with the Angelman Syndrome Foundation (ASF), an organization working toward finding a cure for the disease, to donate money for each field goal and extra point kicked. Through donations online and at Redman Stadium, Kick for a Cure brought in more than $6,500 through the end of the regular season, surpassing Fisher’s original goal of $2,500.
The cause has personal meaning for Fisher, a business education major from Liverpool. His effort was inspired by family friend Brianna Rehm, who has fought the condition since birth and requires full-time care.
“This is my final year kicking for the Huskies and I can’t think of a more deserving cause to raise money and achieve for the common good,” Fisher says. “I thought that, through this, we might be able to give our talents on the football field a higher meaning.”
Fisher’s Kick for a Cure garnered national attention and support from donors as far away as California. Perhaps as important as the funding is the awareness Fisher raised about Angelman syndrome, an often misdiagnosed and misunderstood disease. His efforts have been profiled by media around the country, including CBS Sports.
“Danny’s leadership helped Kick for a Cure evolve from a personal fundraising campaign into a larger initiative,” says Eileen Braun, ASF’s executive director.
Those who know Fisher aren’t surprised by his work to help others.
“His automatic mindset is to look at situations and to try to figure out how to make them better,” says Bloomsburg kickers coach Ed Rush. “He’s a problem-solver. He has that natural counseling mentality.”
The statistics speak of Fisher’s special season on the football field setting the all-time PSAC record for field goals and kicking points while moving into a tie for fourth in Division II history with his 57th 3-pointer. But, he admits, his most special moment came during a halftime ceremony when he was honored with a plaque from Braun and ASF for his charitable work. Joining Fisher on the field was the Rehm family including Brianna, who had a smile and a high-five for her friend.
“I have never seen her smile so big,” Fisher says. “It was great seeing the Rehms be recognized for all that they go through and the challenges they face. Those were my favorite moments as a Husky.” •
Scott Eddy is assistant sports information director.