by KYW’s Matt Leon
Its become one the signature events of summer in State College — the Penn State football team’s “Lift for Life”.
Friday is the eighth annual Lift for Life, a weight lifting event that has become a big time fundraiser for kidney cancer. What makes the event so intriguing is that it was created by and is completely run by Penn State football players.
Nittany lion tackle Mike Farrell talks about some of the events the Nittany Lion football players will be taking part in:
“It’s an 11-event competition, the lift, and some of the things are pretty traditional like bench press, leg press — things you might find in a regular gym. But there are some unconventional things as well like a giant tire flip, cart pushes, sled pulls.”
The Lift for Life is one aspect of Uplifting Athletes, an organziation working to allign college football players with the rare disease cause.
Kidney cancer is considered a rare disease — one which affects fewer than 200,000 Americans — and that means it doesn’t get the money for research of other more common diseases.