Western Michigan announces inaugural Lift For Life to support the Rare Disease Community set for June 28


The Western Michigan Chapter of Uplifting Athletes will hold its inaugural Lift For Life to support the Rare Disease Community on Friday, June 28.

Lift For Life is the signature fundraising event for the Western Michigan University Chapter of Uplifting Athletes. WMU 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 Western Michigan Chapter Lift For Life is a private event this year.

“Lift for Life and Uplifting Athletes has broadened our sense of purpose beyond football here at Western. We realize that we have an opportunity to be a voice for those who do not have one,” Western Michigan Chapter President Justin Tranquill said. “Our program is thankful to have a small part in inspiring hope within the Rare Disease Community”

The Western Michigan Chapter Lift For Life will be a competition featuring 225-bench press repetitions between eight teams comprised of 2019 Western Michigan Broncos players.

Fans and supporters can pledge to any of WMU’s eight 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 WMU Lift For Life fundraising site and pledging now! You can also make a flat donation to the Western Michigan Chapter.

The proceeds from the Western Michigan Chapter 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 Western Michigan 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 Western Michigan University football program started tackling rare diseases in 2018 when Broncos Jamauri Bogan and Justin Tranquill founded the chapter.

The 2018 Touchdown Pledge Drive was the Broncos’ first event to support the Rare Disease Community. Western Michigan also hosted a Rare Disease Awareness Game against Syracuse to open the 2018 season. Earlier this year Bogan, a former WMU star running back, participated in the 2019 Uplifting Athletes Reps For Rare Diseases campaign.

Please support the Western Michigan Chapter and help the Broncos reach their impressive $5,000 team Lift For Life goal.

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