Northwestern Chapter announces annual Lift For Life to support the Rare Disease Community set for May 24


The Northwestern Chapter of Uplifting Athletes will hold its annual Lift For Life to support the Rare Disease Community on Friday, May 24 at 4:00 p.m.

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

Each chapter embraces the mission of Uplifting Athletes by using college football as a platform to inspire the Rare Disease Community with hope through the power of sport.

The 2019 Northwestern Chapter Lift For Life is open to the public and will take place at Martin Field.

“Uplifting Athletes is the first time I have been able to use my voice as a student-athlete to help others,” Northwestern Chapter President Peter Snodgrass said. “Watching my brothers rally around the Rare Disease Community is truly THE most inspiring experience I have had at Northwestern. As a leader of our chapter, I have seen first hand the value that my teammates and I can give to the Rare Disease Community.”

The 2019 Northwestern Chapter Lift For Life will be a competition featuring 225-bench press repetitions between the nine football student-athlete led fundraising teams.

Fans and supporters can pledge to any of the Wildcats’ nine teams for the average number of bench press repetitions that particular team averages. So choose your favorite team and back that squad by visiting the Northwestern Chapter Lift For Life site and pledging now! You can also make a flat donation to any team.

The proceeds from the Northwestern 2019 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 Northwestern 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.

”I love football… but even more than that, I love the relationships that football has brought into my life. I believe that Uplifting Athletes is extending these unbreakable bonds into a community that needs them more than ever,” Northwestern Chapter Vice President Joe Spivak said. “I think most of the guys all agree that the money we raise is awesome, but to be able to serve as an example and extension of FAMILY to these families is what is really awesome! Uplifting Athletes brings us all together on the same team.”

When the Northwestern Chapter was formed in 2011 it was former Northwestern and Notre Dame coach, the late Ara Parseghian, and his support of the rare disease Niemann-Pick Type C that inspired the Wildcats. More recently, the leaders at Northwestern chose to use a personal relationship and added ALS as part of the motivation to support the Rare Disease Community through Uplifting Athletes.

Please support the Northwestern Chapter and help the Wildcats reach their impressive $13,000 team Lift For Life goal.

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