About Florida State University Uplifting Athletes

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Uplifting Athletes is a national nonprofit organization aligning college football with rare diseases. Each campus chapter is run by football student-athletes and works to elevate its chosen rare disease as a national priority through outreach, research, education and advocacy.

Our network of university chapters brings the mission of Uplifting Athletes to life.

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 decided to start a chapter in Tallahassee.

One of Seminoles’ head coach Jimbo Fisher’s sons, 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 Touchdown Pledge Drive will go directly to Kidz1stFund, a foundation founded by Jimbo and Candi Fisher that supports Fanconi anemia research.

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