Fans and supporters are encouraged to vote once per day for their favorite 2017 finalist through Tuesday, January 31st at midnight when voting will close. The winner will be decided by popular public vote and announced on February 1st to kick off Rare Disease Month.
2016 Rare Disease Champion Jake Olson
Uplifting Athletes is a national nonprofit organization that inspires the rare disease community with hope through the power of sport and empowers medical researchers to find cures. A rare disease is one that affects fewer than 200,000 Americans and consequently lacks financial incentive to make and market new treatments. Founded in 2007, Uplifting Athletes has had an economic impact of more than $400 million benefiting the rare disease community.
Our national network of college football FBS and FCS chapters is run by current football student-athletes.