December 27, 2014 - by
FSU Uplifting Athletes Chapter Holding Rose Bowl TD Drive


TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – For the second consecutive year the Florida State Chapter of Uplifting Athletes is using the biggest stage of college football to turn touchdowns into rare disease research dollars.

The defending BCS National Champion Seminoles are using the College Football Playoff semifinal game against Oregon on New Year’s Day to support their chosen rare disease – Fanconi anemia.

Each touchdown Florida State scores in the Rose Bowl will support Fanconi anemia research.

Seminoles fans can support the football student-athlete led Florida State Chapter by visiting the Seminoles’ online Touchdown Pledge Drive site at

Oregon is also raising funds for Fanconi anemia research in this bowl game head-to-head fan fundraising challenge.

Former Oregon University President Dave Frohnmayer and his wife Lynn have a 27-year-old daughter, Amy, with Fanconi anemia and lost two other children to this deadly rare disease.

The Florida State chapter was formed in 2013 by tight end Kevin Haplea. Out for the season with a torn ACL, Haplea had experience with Uplifting Athletes during his time at Penn State. And after transferring to FSU, Haplea decided to start a chapter in Tallahassee.

One of Florida State head coach Jimbo Fisher’s sons, 9-year-old Ethan Fisher, is battling Fanconi anemia. So Haplea chose to make this particular rare disease the one Florida State champions.

All funds raised by the Florida State Chapter Touchdown Pledge Drive will benefit Kidz1stFund, a foundation founded by Jimbo and Candi Fisher that supports Fanconi anemia research.

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.

Each of the 25 student-athlete led chapters nationwide raises research funds and brings awareness to their chosen rare disease through a variety of signature fundraising events. Florida State held its inaugural Lift For Life event earlier this year.

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