Syracuse Chapter announces annual Lift For Life to support the Rare Disease Community set for July 18th


The Syracuse Chapter of Uplifting Athletes will hold its annual Lift For Life to support the Rare Disease Community on Thursday, July 18th inside Manley Field House starting at 5:00 p.m. The event is open to the public.

Lift For Life is the signature fundraising event for the Syracuse Chapter of Uplifting Athletes. Syracuse 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 rare disease community has a special place in my heart,” said Syracuse Chapter President and offensive lineman Sam Heckel. “Syracuse football and it’s chapter of Uplifting Athletes is excited to raise awareness and funding for the Rare Disease Community.”

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

Fans and supporters can pledge to any of the eight Orange teams for the average number of 225-pound bench press repetitions that team averages. So choose your favorite Syracuse player and support their team by visiting the Syracuse Football Lift For Life fundraising site and pledging now! You can also make a flat donation to the Syracuse Lift For Life.

The proceeds from the Syracuse 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 Syracuse 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 Syracuse Chapter started tackling rare diseases in 2013 when it joined Uplifting Athletes. The student-athlete led Syracuse Chapter serves the Rare Disease Community in honor of Rob Long, a former Orange punter and team captain.

Long was diagnosed with a rare malignant brain tumor and battled through his rare disease to make a full recovery and today serves as the Executive Director of Uplifting Athletes.

Please support the Syracuse Chapter and help the Orange reach their impressive $10,000 team Lift For Life goal.

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