Princeton Chapter of Uplifting Athletes Set to Launch

Friday, February 25, 2011
Jeff McCann

 

CAMP HILL, Pa. – Uplifting Athletes announces that the Princeton Football Chapter will hold a fundraiser on Saturday, February 26th, during the men’s home basketball game vs. Columbia at Jadwin Gymnasium in Princeton, NJ. The game is scheduled for 6:00 PM. In 2009, Princeton Running Back Jordan Culbreath was diagnosed with aplastic anemia and PNH, a rare disease in which the immune system attacks bone marrow and prevents it from making necessary blood cells. Jordan was an inspiration for his teammates as he worked his way back onto the field this past season. This fall, the team rallied behind Culbreath to form a Chapter of Uplifting Athletes, and is kicking off a series of activities benefitting the fight against this rare disease.
 
Saturday’s fundraiser is one of several activities coordinated by Uplifting Athletes in connection with Global Rare Disease Day. Global Rare Disease day is held annually on the last day of February as a way to raise awareness for rare diseases and their impact on patient’s lives.
 
Culbreath has also been named one of five finalists for the 2011 Uplifting Athletes Rare Disease Champion Award. The honor is presented annually to recognize a leader in the world of college football who has realized their potential to make a positive and lasting impact on the rare disease community. More than 30 million Americans are affected by rare diseases. Public voting for this award will be open until Sunday, February 27th. Fans can cast their vote by visiting www.upliftingathletes.org/vote.
 
About Uplifting Athletes: Uplifting Athletes is a full service national nonprofit organization aligning college football with rare diseases and raising them as a national priority through research, outreach, education and advocacy. What makes Uplifting Athletes unique is that our university chapters are run by current football student-athletes, providing them with an opportunity to gain management and leadership skills while learning how to leverage their assets and abilities to make a positive and lasting impact. Each chapter adopts one out of approximately 7,000 rare diseases (such as ALS, Aplastic Anemia, CMT, cystic fibrosis, Ehlers-Danlos, Ewing's Sarcoma, Kidney Cancer, Leukemia, MS, Neimann Pick Type-C, Neuroblastoma, pancreatic cancer, etc.).