Illini to Hold Third-Annual Lift For Life June 27

June 17, 2014

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CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - The Illinois Chapter of Uplifting Athletes will hold its third Lift For Life event June 27 at 7 p.m. inside Memorial Stadium.

Lift For Life is the signature fundraising event for the Uplifting Athletes nationwide network of 25 college football student-athlete led chapters.

The Fighting Illini Chapter will continue its mission of raising awareness and research dollars for the rare disease acoustic neuroma, the chosen rare disease of the Illinois Chapter.

"Our goal is to raise awareness and $10,000 for a rare disease that affected our former teammates Andrew Carter," Illini chapter president Joe Spencer said. "This is our third year holding a Lift For Life and my teammates and I are excited.

"For our fans who can't join us, you can still support one of our teams by visiting our donation page."

The Illinois Lift For Life is open to the public, and after the event is over there will be a chance to meet the players and get autographs.

For fans that wish to attend the event inside Memorial Stadium and watch the five Lift For Life teams compete against each other, the chapter is asking fans to contribute $5 per adult and $2 for children 13 and under. The admission fee will serve as a donation to acoustic neuroma research.

In order to donate to the Illinois Lift For Life please visit the team fundraising page.

The Illinois Chapter was founded in 2012 by former long snapper Zak Pedersen after teammate Carter was diagnosed with acoustic neuroma, a slow-growing tumor of the nerve that connects the ear to the brain, and was told he could never play football again.

About Uplifting Athletes
Uplifting Athletes is a full service national nonprofit organization aligning college football with rare diseases and raising them as a national priority through research, outreach, education and advocacy. What makes Uplifting Athletes unique is that our university chapters are run by current football student-athletes, providing them with an opportunity to gain management and leadership skills while learning how to leverage their assets and abilities to make a positive and lasting impact. Each chapter adopts one out of approximately 7,000 rare diseases (such as Aplastic Anemia, cystic fibrosis, pediatric brain cancer, kidney cancer, Leukemia, Neimann Pick Type-C, Neuroblastoma,, Fanconi anemia, etc.).