As of Monday morning, Penn State football student-athletes have raised slightly more than $140,000 for kidney cancer patients and awareness this year, with additional donations expected this month. More than 100 members of Coach James Franklin’s squad participated in Saturday’s Lift For Life, breaking their record for the sixth consecutive year, surpassing the 2013 event total of $133,506 for the Kidney Cancer Association.
With the $140,000 in contributions from this year, $992,565 has been raised in the battle against rare diseases by Penn State Uplifting Athletes since the inaugural Lift For Life was held in 2003. The inaugural event raised just under $13,000. The last four Penn State Lift For Life events have all raised in excess of $100,000, pushing the cumulative total to the brink of $1 million.
“We all work really hard on it,” said junior linebacker Ben Kline (Seven Valleys), president of Penn State’s Uplifting Athletes Chapter. “It’s something we take a lot of pride in and really enjoy doing. It’s a great opportunity for us to give back and the players get behind it. We’re nearing the $1 million mark raised for kidney cancer patients and their families. That’s a huge testament to what we do here at Penn State and how seriously we take giving back to others.”
The Penn State Lift For Life was held outdoors at the Penn State Lacrosse Field for the third consecutive year, with approximately 2,500 fans in attendance. The offense posted a 30-24 victory over the defense during the seven strength and conditioning competitions, The competitions included a 225-pound bench max, dead lift, sled push, tire flip, shuttle, tug run and the tug of war. The defense won two of the three tug-of-war battles to conclude the event.
-PSU Athletic Communications
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