Uplifting Stories

More than 30-million Americans are affected by a rare disease. Yet, a diagnosis of any kind can make one feel isolated. Uplifting Athletes wants you to know you are not alone. We want to share inspirational stories from those affected by a rare disease, whether it's directly or indirectly. Maybe you have some advice for others or have raised awareness for a disease. Here are some of our favorites, but we are always looking for more! Feel free to send us your most inspirational stories. We'll post them here! Email info@upliftingathletes.org.

Recent Uplifting Stories

  • Monday, Jan 07, 2013

    Coming off his sophomore season, Oklahoma offensive lineman Austin Woods was anxious to get back on the field this season.

    Spring practices and workouts were underway and Woods was ready. Admittedly, while he was feeling fine, he had a persistent sore throat and swollen glands. It didn’t hold him back, but when the symptoms didn’t go away, he decided to get checked out by the team...

  • Monday, Jan 07, 2013

    Often times the new kid on a college campus will join an organization to get involved and meet new people.

    Penn State’s Eric Shrive wanted to do that and make difference, which is why he got involved with Uplifting Athletes.

    The Penn State chapter of Uplifting Athlete was started in 2003 and raises money for kidney cancer awareness and research. In 10 years, the chapter has raised...

  • Monday, Jan 07, 2013

    Sometimes life’s biggest lessons are learned when one least expects it.

    Fordham’s Andrew Milmore had heard about Uplifting Athletes through team roommates. The senior offensive lineman thought working with the organization might be a good way to bring together the team.

    The idea was, with his roommates’ help, to start a new chapter at Fordham and raise awareness for a rare disease...

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