Penn State Football Uplifting Athletes will hold another rare disease awareness event this summer with its 11th annual “Lift for Life”.
On July 12, during the Central Pennsylvania Festival of the Arts, the football team will take over the Penn State Lacrosse Field near the Bryce Jordan Center. The fundraiser will begin at 5 p.m. and is open to the public with a small donation encouraged to benefit the Kidney Cancer Associaition. Attendees will have the opportunity to meet and get autographs from current and former Penn State football players.
President of Penn State’s Uplifting Athletes chapter, senior guard Eric Shrive, has an impressive goal to top the previous year’s total of $110,000. He has challenged the members of the football team to raise $300,000. Earlier this month, Shrive was given the 2013 Uplifting Athletes Rare Disease Champion Award. The annual honor is presented to a leader in the college football community who has made a positive impact on the rare disease community.
Since being founded in 2003, the Penn State Chapter of Uplifting Athletes has raised more than $700,000. If Shrive’s goal of $300,000 is achieved, it would push the Nittany Lions’ 11-year fundraising total beyond $1 million for kidney cancer awareness and assistance.