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Penn State Football: Lift For Life Raises Record $140,000

by on July 14, 2014 1:40 PM

The 12th Annual Penn State Uplifting Athletes "Lift For Life" may have been the best ever for the organization as it raised $140,000 this year. That figure brings the cumulative total to nearly $1 million to benefit the Kidney Cancer Association.

As of Monday morning, the student-athlete run organization has raised $140,000 for kidney cancer patients and awareness this past year, with additional donations expected this month. More than 100 members of the football participated in the event this weekend which broke the fundraising effort for the sixth consecutive year.

The 2013 event raised a total of $133,506 for the Kidney Cancer Association. The first ever Lift For Life event raised just under $13,000.

With the $140,000 in contributions from this year, Penn State Uplifting Athletes has raised $992,565 since the inaugural Lift For Life was held in 2003.

"We all work really hard on it," said junior linebacker Ben Kline, 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.

Contributions to Penn State Uplifting Athletes in the fight against kidney cancer for 2013-14 will be accepted through September 30. Fans can make a Lift For Life donation by visiting the Penn State Uplifting Athletes website HERE.


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