For the third consecutive year the rare disease bond between the student-athlete run Florida State Chapter and Seminoles head coach, Jimbo Fisher, enjoyed a day in the spotlight at the annual FSU Chapter Lift For Life recently.
One of Fisher’s sons, Ethan, continues to battle the rare disease Fanconi anemia and serves as the inspiration for Florida State forming an Uplifting Athletes Chapter three years ago.
By holding its third Lift For Life, the FSU Chapter continued its mission of using college football as a platform to inspire the rare disease community with hope through the power of sport.
“I can’t be any more thankful and it’s not just for Ethan,” Fisher said. “It’s for all the families that they affect. They’re making good choices for people less fortunate than them.”
Lift For Life is the signature fundraising event for the Uplifting Athletes nationwide network of college football student-athlete led chapters.
The Florida State Chapter had a fundraising goal of $5,000 for the event, and ended up raising almost $6,000.
Proceeds from the FSU Chapter of Uplifting Athletes annual Lift For Life supports rare disease research and patient focused programs in partnership with Fisher’s foundation, Kidz1stFund.
“This is the most fans we’ve ever had out here,” FSU Chapter President Alec Eberle said. “The fact that we can get everybody on the team out here for such a great cause, come together to raise as much money as possible, show up with a great attitude and class, and compete like we did, that means the most to me.”
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 Florida 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.