Isaac Vance was a teammate of Antwan Dixon, the Kent State Chapter founder. Inspired by Antwan and his rare disease journey, Isaac became a chapter leader at Kent State after participating in the inaugural Kent State Lift For Life in 2019 and helped oversee the Golden Flashes Lift For Life in 2021 as Chapter President. Isaac attended the Leadership Development Conference in 2020, 2021 and 2022. In February, he was a grant recipient presenter at the Young Investigator Draft celebration and is making sure the Kent State football program is using their platform as college football student athletes to serve and inspire hope in the Rare Disease Community.
“One of my great friends and former teammate, Antwan Dixon, struggles with Aplastic Anemia,” Vance said. “Seeing his daily fight and getting involved because of him in the Rare Disease Community is something that has impacted my life.”
The native of Las Cruces, New Mexico has played in 35 games for the Golden Flashes as a slot receiver and on special teams. In 2020 he finished third on the team in receptions with 17 catches in four games. Isaac is a two-time member of the Academic All-Mac Team and was honored as the 2019-2020 recipient of the Lou Holtz Scholarship Endowment.