Princeton Chapter annual Lift For Life on deck May 8th and will feature an offense vs. defense bench press competition


PRINCETON L4L 18 GRAPHICThe Princeton Chapter of Uplifting Athletes will hold its annual Lift For Life to support the rare disease community on Tuesday, May 8th outside the Trist Student Center starting at 4:45 p.m.

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.

“It is an honor to be able to use our platform to help raise awareness and support Uplifting Athletes and the rare disease community,” said Princeton Chapter President and Tigers offensive lineman Andre Guest. “We are all proud to be part of a team that is working so hard to tackle rare diseases.”

The 2018 Princeton Chapter Lift For Life is a competition pitting the Offense vs. Defense to see which side of the ball can average 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 Princeton Chapter Lift For Life fundraising site.

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 Princeton 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 Princeton Chapter started tackling rare diseases in 2011 when it joined Uplifting Athletes. The student-athlete led Princeton Chapter serves the rare disease community in honor of Jordan Culbreath, a former Tigers running back.

Culbreath was diagnosed with a rare blood disorder and battled through his rare disease diagnosis to return to the field and finish his playing career. His inspiring story of hope not only led his Princeton teammates to form a chapter, Culbreath was also honored as the 2011 Uplifting Athletes Rare Disease Champion.

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

Colgate Chapter set to hold Lift For Life April 26 featuring a bench press competition between offense and defense


COLGATE L4L 18 GRAPHIC NEWThe Colgate Chapter of Uplifting Athletes will hold its annual Lift For Life to support the rare disease community on Thursday, April 26th.

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 2018 Colgate Chapter Lift For Life is a competition pitting the Offense vs. Defense to see who can average the most bench press repetitions during Lift For Life.

“Life for Life and Uplifting Athletes is an important part of the Colgate Football experience. Our program is proud to be inspiring the Rare Disease Community with hope thorough the power of sport,” said Raiders wide receiver and Colgate Chapter President Owen Buscaglia said. “Colgate football aims to raise awareness and will continue to fight for this great cause.”

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 Colgate 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 Colgate 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 Colgate Chapter started tackling rare diseases in 2008 when it joined Uplifting Athletes, becoming the second chapter to join the Uplifting Athletes network. The Raiders have been pillars of light in the community during that time, using their platform in honor of former offensive coach Casey Vogt and others that continue to battle rare diseases.

Please support the Colgate Chapter and help the Raiders reach their impressive $2,000 team Lift For Life goal.

Mitchell Meyers came all the way back from 18-month battle with a rare disease to play his final season at Iowa State and win the 2017 Rare Disease Champion Award


RARE DISEASE SPOTLIGHT GRAPHIC

There are more than 7,000 rare diseases but we are one rare disease community. Regularly, Uplifting Athletes will put one rare disease center stage to give that disease and its community a chance to shine.

Rare Disease: Hodgkin’s disease

Brief Description: Hodgkin’s disease is one of a group of cancers known as a lymphoma – a general term used to describe cancers that affect the lymphatic system, especially the lymph nodes. Tumors often form in the lymph nodes and/or the area around the nodes. The exact cause of Hodgkin’s disease is unknown, but some classic symptoms include fever, night sweats, and weight loss may occur along with swollen lymph nodes. Hodgkin’s disease affects the tissues and lymph nodes of the lymphatic system. The lymphatic system, which is part of the body’s immune system, consists of a complex series of thin vessels that are similar to blood vessels and run throughout the body. Treatment of Hodgkin’s disease depends on the stage of the disease. Radiotherapy and chemotherapy are the two main treatment options.

Rare Connection: Former Iowa State defensive lineman Mitchell Meyers became the ninth winner of the Rare Disease Champion award in 2017. Meyers endured a long and difficult 18-month journey with the rare disease Hodgkin’s lymphoma. An impact player in 2013 and 2014 for the Cyclones football team, Meyers lost his 2015 season when he was diagnosed in February of that year. He left school and returned home to Texas to begin his fight. He vowed to his teammates he would return for the 2016 season. During his 13 months of chemotherapy and radiation treatment, Meyers suffered a serious setback when he became one of those rare patients who had a relapse. He went through a stem cell transplant early in 2016, and playing football again became less of a reality with each passing month. But Meyers never gave up. He did what he could to keep his body in shape, despite losing more than 50 pounds, with the commitment to overcome the odds and play again. Just prior to preseason camp for the 2016 season, Meyers hard work paid off and he was cleared to practice.   But he had been away from the game for 18 months. With nothing promised to him by the coaching staff other than an opportunity to compete, Meyers went out and won a starting job at defensive end and served as an inspiration for his Cyclone teammates. He was voted as a team captain for the 2017 Iowa State team and wore the No. 58 for the Cyclones that year. Each season Iowa State hands the No. 58 jersey to a lineman who best embodies the spirit of a beloved former coach who died suddenly in 2014. Meyers not only earned a starting spot, he became a big-time contributor up front defensively for the Cyclones, playing in all 12 games, recording 30 tackles and becoming an Academic All-Big 12 selection. Currently, Meyers is working for Houston-based Crane Logistics in their year-long Leadership Development Trainee program.

Patient Groups: American Cancer Society, Cancer Support Community, Leukemia & Lymphoma Society, Lymphoma Research Foundation.

Getting Social: Twitter: @AmericanCancer, @CancerSupportHQ, @LLSusa, @lymphoma. Facebook: American Cancer Society, Cancer Support Community, The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society, Lymphoma Community.

Learn More: There is one FDA approved treatments for Hodgkin’s lymphoma, Leukine. To learn more about clinical trials go here. Currently there are more than 1,100 active clinical trials for Hodgkin’s disease. Some of the most well-respected resources inside the rare disease community include National Institute of Health (NIH), National Organization for Rare Disorders (NORD) and Global Genes.

 

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.

Davidson football program joins Uplifting Athletes chapter network and set to host inaugural Lift For Life event April 26


DAVIDSON L4L 18 GRAPHICUplifting Athletes is pleased to have Davidson College join the 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.

Today, the challenges faced by the rare disease community are bigger than any one individual, team or organization can tackle alone. The Davidson 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 Davidson Chapter of Uplifting Athletes will hold its inaugural Lift For Life to support the rare disease community on Thursday, April 26th.

Lift For Life is the signature fundraising event for the Uplifting Athletes nationwide network of chapters.

“The Davidson College Uplifting Athletes Chapter is extremely proud to join the elite network of Uplifting Athletes chapters. At Davidson, our team prides ourselves on helping others each and every day,” said Davidson linebacker and chapter co-founder George Hatalowich. “We are both excited and honored to use our platform to raise awareness and support for rare diseases. We cannot thank Uplifting Athletes enough for this opportunity and their continuous support. We believe together we can tackle rare diseases for good.”

The 2018 Davidson Chapter Lift For Life is a competition among seven teams comprised of members of the 2018 Wildcats to see which squad can average 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 find your favorite 2018 Davidson player and support his team by visiting the Davidson Chapter 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.

Saint Francis Chapter annual Lift For Life on April 21st features bench press competition between offense and defense


SFU L4L 18 GRAPHICThe Saint Francis Chapter of Uplifting Athletes will hold its annual Lift For Life to support the rare disease community on Saturday, April 21st at DeGol Field.

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 2018 Saint Francis 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.

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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 Saint Francis Chapter fundraising page.

“It is an honor to be able to use our platform to help raise awareness and support Uplifting Athletes and the rare disease community,” Saint Francis offensive lineman and Chapter leader Mike Ames said. “We are all proud to be part of a team that is working so hard to tackle rare diseases.”

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 Saint Francis 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 Saint Francis Chapter started tackling rare diseases in 2012 when it joined Uplifting Athletes. The student-athlete led Saint Francis Chapter serves the rare disease community in honor of the younger brother of former Red Flash wide receiver Jeff Wasilewski.

Please support the Saint Francis Chapter and help the Red Flash reach their impressive $4,000 team Lift For Life goal.

A special night with Penn State coach James Franklin to support the rare disease community


CJF THANKS GRAPHIC 1Thank you to Penn State head football coach James Franklin for taking time out of his extremely busy schedule to visit us in Mechanicsburg, Pa. last month.

A Night With Coach Franklin At Stock’s Manor to benefit Uplifting Athletes provided fans and supporters an opportunity to meet the Penn State head football coach, hear him speak about building a winning team and learn more about the rare disease community Uplifting Athletes serves.

Nearly 250 college football fans showed up for the two-hour event hosted by the Weinstock and Shirley families.

Guests had their picture taken with coach Franklin, enjoyed some exquisite food and soaked in the festive atmosphere before coach Franklin took the stage with an inspirational message.

A special thank you to all our sponsors for making the evening a complete success. All the funds raised support Uplifting Athletes mission to inspire the rare disease community with hope through the power of sport and directly impacts our four pillars of programming: Uplifting Leaders, Rare Disease Research, Rare Disease Awareness and Uplifting Experiences.

To put the evening in perspective, we asked a few of our guests to share their thoughts on the event.

“The event hosted by Uplifting Athletes at Stock’s Manor left little extra to be desired. The venue provided a beautiful intimate setting perfect for an evening of mingling with those who share a passion for Penn State and the rare disease community. The food far exceeded the advertised label of “appetizer”, with numerous hot dishes available along with a wide selection of finger foods. I would be remiss not to mention the variety of drinks available as well. There were plenty of the alcoholic nature, helping to take the edge off a bit as attendees anticipated meeting the coach and hearing him talk about bringing Penn State football back into the national spotlight. Coach James Franklin, surely didn’t disappoint either. His infectious and warm personality embraced those looking to have their picture taken with him, and his fiery keynote was the perfect ending to the night. The opportunity to attend a presentation where coach doesn’t need to use a microphone are likely few and far between these days. This event provided that opportunity and more, all while raising money for a great cause. It’s great anytime the “family” can get together as coach says and this was another great example. Being able to help the rare disease community made it all the more special and truly meaningful. Much appreciation and thanks to Uplifting Athletes for all they represent and do. I look forward to similar potential events. I will most certainly be there!” – Travis Wentz

“I enjoyed Coach Franklin’s speech when he said how important it is to sacrifice to achieve success both on the field and in life.  Very motivating for athletes and those in attendance.” – Joseph Gordon

“An Evening with Coach Franklin event last Thursday evening was amazing.  As a fan, as a Penn Stater and as a host. So many events you can feel the nervousness and anxiety. Not last Thursday. The feeling was electric, friendly, and intimate. Which was even before Coach walked into the room! The feeling was a tailgate with your best friends. I can not decide if watching every single person having their picture taken with Coach or listening to him speak was more exciting. Listening to someone talk about something they have a passion for makes you know how much they love it. Coach Franklin made everyone feel like they could put on a jersey and run out onto the field and catch a winning touchdown. Working with Stephanie and Scott (Shirley) was just as fun. I think we are all proud of the way the evening turned out. It seemed everyone had a great time and we raised money for a wonderful cause.” – K.J. Weinstock