Uplifting Athletes held its seventh annual Gridiron Gala last weekend at the Keystone Building in Harrisburg, Pa. It was a fantastic evening focused on positively impacting the Rare Disease Community.
The highlight of the evening was guest speaker, former Penn State All-American Devon Still delivering a powerful message about the lessons he learned from his daughter Leah’s battle with a rare childhood cancer.
Still, who played in the NFL before recently retiring, challenged the audience to learn from his shortcomings and make an impact to help others in any way possible going forward.
“What are you willing to go through so others won’t hurt anymore? There are people out there depending on you,” Still said. “I had weak moments, but didn’t let them turn into a mindset.”
Thanks to everyone who attended and supported Uplifting Athletes. You inspire us to find better ways to use our platform to inspire the Rare Disease Community with hope through the power of sport.
A special thank you to a couple of former Penn State Nittany Lions in attendance, Andy Ryland and Scott Davis. The duo was part of the inaugural PSU Lift For Life in 2002 and helped launch a movement that allowed Uplifting Athletes to formally become a national non-profit in 2007.
Ryland and Davis were teammates of Scott Shirley, the founder and executive director of Uplifting Athletes, and more than a decade later, still have a connection to the rare disease cause.
It was a great night of celebration and fun focused on providing hope and inspiration to the Rare Disease Community.