Lift For Life Raises Funds and Awareness

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The Penn State football team hopes to break the $1 million mark in fundraising for the Kidney Cancer Association.

Members of the Penn State football team have raised in excess of $825,000 for the Kidney Cancer Association...

Activities related to the 12th annual Penn State Uplifting Athletes “Lift For Life” will begin on July 9, with a more fan interactive Lift For Life set for Saturday, July 12.

Penn State Uplifting Athletes President Ben Kline announced the schedule for the events that will benefit the Kidney Cancer Association and kidney cancer patients. During the 11 years of the Penn State Lift For Life, members of the Penn State football team have raised in excess of $825,000 for the Kidney Cancer Association, including a record total above $100,000 in each of the past three years.

Activities related to the Penn State Lift For Life will again take place on the same weekend as the Central Pennsylvania Festival of the Arts, more commonly referred to as Arts Fest.

On Wednesday, July 9, members of the Nittany Lion football team will be a part of the Arts Fest Children and Youth Day. The players will be helping children draw posters of the Lift For Life event from 10 a.m.-3 p.m. at the Sidney Friedman Park near Memorial Field in downtown State College.

On Friday, July 11, the State College Spikes will join the fight against kidney cancer when they host Uplifting Athletes Night at Medlar Field at Lubrano Park. The Spikes will be hosting Brooklyn at 7 p.m. and a portion of the tickets sold will go to Uplifting Athletes. Additional details will be announced soon.

On Saturday, July 12, a modified Penn State Lift For Life will be held from 11 a.m.-2 p.m. at the Penn State Lacrosse Field on University Drive. Football team members will be available for autographs and photos and compete in the tug of war and tire flip events similar to previous Lift For Life events.

Football squad members will conduct two kids’ clinics from 11 a.m.-1 p.m. and all the players will be available from 1-2 p.m. for autographs and photos. The participants also will receive a Lift For Life T-shirt.

Admission to the Penn State Lift For Life is $10 for adults; children 12 and younger are admitted for free. There is a $10 fee for youth who want to participate in one of the clinics with the players. All proceeds from the Penn State Lift For Life will benefit kidney cancer patients and their families.

Fans can make a Lift For Life donation by visiting the Penn State Uplifting Athletes website at

Penn State football teammates serving as 2014 Uplifting Athletes officers are: president – linebacker Ben Kline; vice president – running back Deron Thompson; secretary – tight end Adam Breneman; director of marketing – tight end Jesse James; compliance manager – running back Akeel Lynch; and director of fundraising – tight end Brent Wilkerson. Former football squad members and current Penn State students Joe Marvin and Bryce Wilson also are officers.

The Kidney Cancer Association is a charitable organization made up of patients, family members, physicians, researchers, and other health professionals globally. It is the world’s first international charity dedicated specifically to the eradication of death and suffering from renal cancers. It is also by far the largest organization of its kind, with members in more than 100 countries. It funds, promotes, and collaborates with the National Cancer Institute (NCI), American Society for Clinical Oncology (ASCO), American Urological Association (AUA), and other institutions on research projects. It educates families and physicians, and serves as an advocate on behalf of patients at the state and federal levels in the United States and globally.

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