Annual Illinois Chapter Lift For Life in support of the rare disease community set for June 23rd

ILLINOIS GRAPHIC 17The Illinois Chapter of Uplifting Athletes will hold its annual Lift For Life to support the rare disease community on Friday, June 23rd at 8:00 a.m.

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

Each chapter embraces the mission of Uplifting Athletes using college football as a platform to inspire the rare disease community with hope through the power of sport.

The 2017 Illinois Chapter Lift For Life pits eight teams comprised of Fighting Illini players competing to knock out as many bench press reps as possible in six minutes. Each team has a goal of 170-200 total reps during the allotted time.

Fans and supporters can make a pledge for every bench press rep a particular team records during the event. So find your favorite 2017 Fighting Illini player and support his team by visiting the Illinois Chapter Lift For Life fundraising page.

The proceeds from the Illinois Chapter annual Lift For Life supports Uplifting Athletes and its commitment to life skills development, patient focused programs and rare disease research.

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

The Illinois Chapter began in 2011 and serves the rare disease community in honor of Andrew Carter, a former Illini offensive lineman who battled the rare disease acoustic neuroma. Carter is a rare disease survivor but, unfortunately, never played football again. He remains a strong supporter of the Illinois Chapter and his battle continues to serve as an inspiration for the Fighting Illini to serve the rare disease community.

Please support the Illinois Chapter and help the Fighting Illini reach their impressive $20,000 team Lift For Life goal.

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