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Penn State Football: Prized Prospect Breneman Fighting New Battle Off the Field

by on July 15, 2012 4:00 PM

After suffering a season ending ACL injury during a 7-on-7 scrimmage this summer, Penn State 2013 tight end commit Adam Breneman is using his time away from football to fight a new battle.

Starting Monday, Adam Breneman will begin a fundraising campaign with Project A.L.S., a nonprofit organization founded in 1998 dedicated to the cure of Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis, also known as Lou Gehrig's Disease.

It became a part of Breneman's life when his neighbor and brother’s former football coach, Tom Kirchhoff, was diagnosed with the disease. Kirchhoff was a 1989 graduate of Cedar Cliff High School and star quarterback of the football team.

While Breneman saw the devastating effect that the disease had on Kirchhoff, he also saw Kirchhoff’s resilience and spirit.

"Seeing Tom fight through this disease has encouraged me to keep a positive attitude by applying his motto 'We Will Win' to my rehab and journey to being completely healthy again," Breneman said. "Our goal is to raise $20,000 by Nov. 2, 2012, Cedar Cliff's last regular season game.

"The Kirchhoff family has pledged to match the amount we raise. And Cleveland Brother's Equipment Co., has pledged to match that total amount."

Erin Fleming, of Project A.L.S., praised Breneman's efforts.

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"It seems that everybody must know that he's one of the most talented, hardworking and dedicated young men out there, but his drive to effect change off the field using his already incredible accomplishments on the field truly sets him apart," she said.

"At 17, he's a role model for his generation and those before it. Adam is one of a kind and we are honored to have him as a member of the Project A.L.S. family."

To help donate to the cause and help Breneman reach his goal of $20,000, please click here

Ben Jones covers Penn State football and basketball for He's on Twitter as @Ben_Jones88.
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