October 29, 2014 - by
FSU Uplifting Athletes to Hold TD Pledge Drive for Virginia Game

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TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – The Florida State Chapter of Uplifting Athletes is looking to turn touchdowns into rare disease research dollars.

On November 8, during the home game against fellow ACC foe Virginia, the Seminoles will be holding a Touchdown Pledge Drive to support Fanconi anemia, a rare blood disease.

Fans can support the football student-athlete led Florida State Chapter by making a pledge to donate for every touchdown the Seminoles score against Virginia at pldgit.com/fsu.

All funds raised by the Florida State Touchdown Pledge Drive will go directly to Fanconi anemia research through the Kidz1stFund, a foundation founded by Jimbo and Candi Fisher in honor of their son, Ethan, who is currently battling the rare disease.

The Florida State Chapter was formed in 2013 by tight end Kevin Haplea, who had experience with Uplifting Athletes during his time at Penn State. This July, Florida State held its inaugural Lift For Life event and raised $15,030 for Fanconi anemia research.

With the Florida State Chapter’s support, the Kidz1stFund has raised more than $1 Million this year for Fanconi anemia research. During the Virginia game, the Kidz1stFund will present their check. The Seminoles will also be donning “I Fight Fanconi” helmet stickers.

Uplifting Athletes is a national non-profit organization aligning college football with rare diseases and raising them as a national priority through outreach, research, education and advocacy.

There are currently 25 Division I college football teams in the Uplifting Athletes chapter network, all of which raise research funds for a rare disease that has personally impacted their team.

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Uplifting Athletes is a full service national nonprofit organization aligning college football with rare diseases and raising them as a national priority through research, outreach, education and advocacy. What makes Uplifting Athletes unique is that our university chapters are run by current football student-athletes, providing them with an opportunity to gain management and leadership skills while learning how to leverage their assets and abilities to make a positive and lasting impact. Each chapter adopts one out of approximately 7,000 rare diseases (such as Aplastic Anemia, cystic fibrosis, pediatric brain cancer, kidney cancer, Leukemia, Neimann Pick Type-C, Neuroblastoma,, Fanconi anemia, etc.).  For more information about Uplifting Athletes, visit www.upliftingathletes.org.

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