NC State Chapter uses player-run practice as Lift For Life event to support rare disease community

For the second consecutive year the NC State Chapter used its player-run practice to hold its annual Lift For Life inside the Close-King Indoor Practice Facility Wednesday night.

This was the sixth Lift For Life held by the NC State Chapter as part of Uplifting Athletes and continued its mission of using college football as a platform to inspire the rare disease community with hope through the power of sport.

Lift For Life is the signature fundraising event for the Uplifting Athletes nationwide network of college football student-athlete led chapters.

“This year, a lot like last year, we decided to do our Lift For Life on a Wednesday when we do our player-run practices. We do 7-on-7 and one-on-ones and fans could come out and actually see us practice,” said NC State Chapter President and quarterback Josh Taylor.

“When I first heard about Uplifting Athletes at NC State it was something I wanted to get involved in. As college football players this is something we can use our platform as athletes to make a difference in the community.”

Wolfpack fans were able to watch the 2016 team work out and then interact with the squad all in support of the rare disease community.

You can still support the NC State Chapter and help the Wolfpack reach their fundraising goal by making a donation to the NC State Chapter fundraising site.

Proceeds from the NC State Chapter of Uplifting Athletes annual Lift For Life supports rare disease research and patient focused programs.

“One thing we’ve been able to do is get the word out to the triangle community about how rare disease affect Americans and raise money to support this great cause,” said NC State Chapter Vice President and tight end Cole Cook. “Thanks to everybody who came out to watch us and donated. We really appreciate it and we hope to use what we’re doing here to make a further impact and help find a cure for rare diseases.”

The NC State Chapter started tackling rare diseases in 2011 when it joined Uplifting Athletes. The student-athlete led NC State Chapter serves the rare disease community in honor of former offensive coordinator Dana Bible, who battled the rare disease acute promyelocytic leukemia in 2009.

The challenges faced by the rare disease community are bigger than any one individual, team or organization can tackle alone. The grassroots effort of the NC State Chapter, along with a nationwide network of teams, is uniquely positioned to educate and engage the local community and shine a spotlight on rare diseases.

Please consider helping the NC State Chapter tackle rare diseases by making a donation to support the rare disease community.





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