Fourth annual Penn Chapter Lift For Life set for April 23 and will feature a bench press competition between offense and defense


PENN L4L 18 GRAPHICThe Penn Chapter of Uplifting Athletes will hold its fourth annual Lift For Life to support the rare disease community on Monday, April 23rd.

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 Penn Chapter is now under the leadership of Quakers wide receiver Steve Farrell and defensive lineman Cooper Gardner.

“Lift for Life and Uplifting Athletes is a very important part of the Penn Quakers football experience,” Gardner said. “Our program is proud to be inspiring the rare disease community with hope through the power of sport and giving back to help others.”

The 2018 Penn Chapter Lift For Life is a competition pitting the Offense vs. Defense to see who can knock out the most bench press repetitions during Lift For Life.

Fans and supporters can make a pledge for every bench press repetition a particular team averages during the event. So pick your favorite side of the ball and support that team by visiting the Penn Chapter Lift For Life fundraising page.

The proceeds from Lift For Life support the mission of Uplifting Athletes and its charitable programs: Rare Disease Awareness, Rare Disease Research, Uplifting Experiences and Uplifting Leaders.

Today, the challenges faced by the rare disease community are bigger than any one individual, team or organization can tackle alone. The Penn 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.

Moved by former Quakers wide receiver Kaleb Germinaro, who lost his playing career to a rare disease, Dr. David Fajgenbaum, a Castleman’s Disease Researcher who has the disease himself, and Vhito Decapria, a 7-year-old team captain and brain cancer survivor, the Penn Chapter started tackling rare diseases when it joined Uplifting Athletes in 2015.

Please support the Penn Chapter and help the Quakers reach their impressive $6,000 team Lift For Life goal.

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