Kline, Uplifting Athletes leading the fight against kidney cancer

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. - For the past 12 years, Uplifting Athletes, a Penn State Football player-run organization, has bonded together to lead the fight against kidney cancer.

To date, the group has raised more than $1 million for the Kidney Cancer Association since the first Lift For Life in 2003. A highlight on the summer calendar in Happy Valley, Uplifting Athletes hosts Lift For Life, a grueling test of physical and mental strength, on Saturday to benefit the kidney cancer awareness and research efforts.

Founded by Nittany Lion football teammates Scott Shirley, Dave Costlow and Damone Jones in 2003, Penn State's chapter of Uplifting Athletes is led by current president and linebacker Ben Kline. Kline and his fellow officers are primed to host another tremendous event on Saturday.

"This is a culmination of a lot of hard work throughout the calendar year," Kline said. "This last push is pretty hectic, but it is really exciting. It is another year of great fundraising down. We are really excited to go out there and have a celebration with all of the fans for the work we have put in all year. We will raise some money and then make our donation to the Kidney Cancer Association. This is the best part of the year for Uplifting Athletes."

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Last Updated July 09, 2015