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Penn State Football: Shrive Selected for 2013 Uplifting Athletes Rare Disease Champion Award

by on February 01, 2013 11:00 AM

Penn State offensive lineman Eric Shrive has been selected for the 2013 Uplifting Athletes Rare Disease Champion Award after having raised more than $70,000 for kidney cancer patients and research during his Penn State career.

Shrive, a redshirt junior, was given the honor created to recognize a leader in the world of college football who has made a positive impact on the rare disease community. His fight against kidney cancer became a personal quest following 2011 when an uncle was diagnosed with the disease.

"Winning the Rare Disease Champion Award is a great honor," Shrive said in a university press release. "But in the end, the real winners are the people affected by kidney cancer who I was able to help with the money I was able and will continue to raise. I've taken marketing classes and have learned about adding new strategies to approach new donors. I'm constantly thinking of new people to ask for help.

"We're trying to save lives. I know my family is appreciative of my efforts."

Shrive recently was elected president of Penn State’s Uplifting Athletes chapter after serving as vice president the past two years. The most well-known event hosted by Penn State’s Uplifting Athletes chapter is the Penn State Lift for Life, a strength and conditioning challenge among football squad members held annually in July.

"Eric is a champion in every sense of the word," Executive Director and Uplifting Athletes founder Scott Shirley said. "His efforts are truly selfless. When he arrived on campus his motivation was simply to get involved in something bigger than him. Once it became personal, he inspired everyone around him with his relentless pursuit. We can all rally around Eric's leadership and make a difference."

Shrive has raised $69,500 for the Penn State Lift For Life during his four summers on campus, including approximately $32,000 in 2012, helping boost the total to a record $110,374.00. Over the 10 years of Penn State's Lift For Life, members have raised more than $700,000 for the Kidney Cancer Association.

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