July 16, 2013
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EVANSTON, Ill. -- Northwestern fans are invited to visit the Ryan Field complex Tuesday, July 23, to watch the Wildcats endure a fun and challenging workout and support a worthy cause at the same time. The NU chapter of Uplifting Athletes -- a nationwide organization aimed at generating awareness and funds to cure rare diseases -- will host its third annual Lift for Life fundraiser, an event featuring feats of strength, speed and agility followed by a meet-and-greet picnic with NU football players.
Lift for Life will begin at 6 p.m. at Northwestern's FieldTurf practice field, located immediately northeast of Ryan Field (1501 Central St., Evanston).
For the third year in a row, all proceeds from this charitable event will benefit the Ara Parseghian Medical Research Foundation. Gate donations towards the Ara Parseghian Medical Research Foundation are encouraged and T-shirts will be available for purchase with proceeds benefiting the foundation.
"We are looking forward to putting on another successful event this year," said 'Cats defensive lineman Sean McEvilly, vice president of the NU chapter of Uplifting Athletes. "As part of our continued efforts to raise funds and awareness for an overlooked rare disease, Niemann Pick Type C, Lift for Life is a great opportunity to give fans a glimpse of our summer workouts and raise money for a worthy cause at the same time."
This particular charity holds a special place in the hearts of the Northwestern community. Former NU head football coach Ara Parseghian established the research foundation in 1994 to help find a cure for Niemann-Pick Disease Type C (or NP-C), which has affected three of his grandchildren. NP-C, a rare genetic disorder which causes progressive deterioration of the nervous system, mainly affects young children and often is fatal by adolescence. Currently there is no cure or approved treatment for the disease.
"Uplifting Athletes provides us a chance to use our status as student-athletes to help raise funds and awareness for a great cause," McEvilly said. "This rare disease has greatly affected someone very important to the history of Northwestern football and many children around the world. By working out and playing football, something that we love, we're able to help support a charity that is striving for a cure."
Learn more about the Northwestern chapter of Uplifting Athletes in this video feature from the inaugural Lift for Life event in 2011:
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