Colgate University Launches Touchdown For The Cure

Wednesday, September 12, 2012
Andy Shay

Colgate University Launches Touchdown For The Cure

The 2012 Raiders Turn End Zone Trips into Dollars

            Every time a Colgate player reaches the end zone this season, a rare disease is adding research dollars in the search for a cure.

            The Uplifting Athletes Chapter at Colgate is sponsoring a Drive for the Cure Touchdown Pledge for the 2012 season.

            Each dollar raised during this season-long drive goes directly to research for Ependymoma, the rare disease the Colgate Uplifting Athletes Chapter has chosen to join the fight against.

            Football players Andrew Nairin and Shane Wilson hatched the idea as an additional way to raise more money in the battle against Ependymoma.

            “In the past we have always done a Lift for Life in the spring. My collegue Shane Wilson and I wanted to come up with something in the fall to when everybody is thinking about football,” said Colgate Uplifting Athletes Chapter President Andrew Nairin.

            “We've sent out a template letter seeking donations from our alumni, family and friends. Other guys on the team are sending it their friends and family. We're just trying to raise as many research dollars as we can.”

            The Colgate Chapter of Uplifting Athletes has a goal to raise $25,000 in 2012-13 in the battle against Ependymoma, a cancer of the brain and spinal cord which affects fewer than 200,000 Americans.

            Colgate scored six touchdowns in a pair of road games to open the season. The first home game of 2012 is 1 p.m. Saturday against Sacred Heart.

            To find out more, or to donate to the Colgate Drive for the Cure Touchdown Pledge, visit or e-mail