Maryland Chapter leaders Joe Marchese and Maurice Shelton worked hard to get a brand new coaching staff on board in order to hold an Uplifting Athletes Chapter Lift For Life event.
Change is not always easy to navigate, but the two offensive linemen cleared enough hurdles to recently hold the seventh Maryland Chapter Lift For Life in support of the rare disease community.
“Our entire team has been through a lot of change since this time last year,” said Marchese, the Maryland Chapter President. “I’m just so proud we were able to hold a Lift For Life as part of the Uplifting Athletes team and support rare diseases.”
Lift For Life is the signature fundraising event for the Uplifting Athletes nationwide network of college football student-athlete led chapters.
By holding a Lift For Life, the Maryland Chapter continued its mission of using college football as a platform to inspire the rare disease community with hope through the power of sport.
This year the Maryland Chapter raised more than $4,100. Proceeds from the Maryland Chapter of Uplifting Athletes annual Lift For Life supports rare disease research and patient focused programs.
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 Maryland 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.
The Maryland Chapter started tackling rare diseases in 2009 when it joined Uplifting Athletes. The student-athlete led Maryland Chapter serves the rare disease community in honor of former Terrapins quarterback Boomer Esiason.
Esiason’s son, Gunnar, lives with the rare disease cystic fibrosis and his battle served as the inspiration for Maryland to join Uplifting Athletes.