Kevin Barton was diagnosed shortly after birth with a form of Muscular Dystrophy called, Spinal Muscular Atrophy. It is a genetic disease that affects the motor nerve cells in the spinal cord and causes progressive weakness of the muscles. When his friend, Ryan, learned that Kevin was struggling to cover health care expenses, he decided to earn donations for Kevin by doing when of his favorite activities - riding his bike!
The World Marathon Challenge is an amazing logistical and physical challenge to run seven marathons on seven continents in seven consecutive days. A challenge that can be found on the 7 Ultimate Achievements in Endurance Running List and the one that only 560+ people have accomplished in the world. BethAnn Telford was the first runner living with brain cancer to attempt and complete the World Marathon Challenge!
Rama N’diaye, a native of Dakar, Senegal, crossed the globe to join the University of California in the Fall of 2006. She embarked on a five-year career for the Golden Bears. After her college career, she went on to play professional basketball for three seasons in Iran, Spain, and Turkey. Unfortunately, in July, 2016 she was diagnosed with Stage 2 Breast Cancer at the young age of 29. When news reached the current 2016-17 University of California Women's Basketball team, the staff and players decided to do something epic to help Rama!
Former Penn State defensive standout and future NFL draft pick, Garrett Sickels is raising awareness and funds for the rare disease community at the 2017 NFL Combine by allowing fans and supporters to pledge for every bench press rep he performs.
PLEDGE IT salutes all of the Walter Payton NFL Man of the Year nominees, and is proud to have partnered with four of them to help raise awareness and money for the important causes that they have dedicated themselves to supporting.
BethAnn Telford, an endurance athlete with brain cancer, will compete in the 2017 World Marathon Challenge on seven continents in seven consecutive days. Telford is the only cancer survivor and only American woman in the race. She will run to raise global awareness about brain cancer and raise $1 million for research supported by ABC2 (Accelerate Brain Cancer Cure).
From November 17th and 20th, two LPGA superstars will compete at the CME Group Tour Championship with one mission – changing lives. Sandra Gal and Brittany Lincicome are joining forces to participate in the LPGA Birdie Challenge to raise awareness and donations for LPGA*USGA Girls Golf (Girls Golf), which is a program powered by the LPGA Foundation and the USGA. Girls Golf empowers girls through the game of golf and inspires them to dream big!
The Penn State Chapter of Uplifting Athletes is holding its 2016 Touchdown Pledge Drive to support the rare disease community Saturday when the Nittany Lions hit the road to face Rutgers. Led by Garrett Sickels, Tom Devenney, and Trace McSorley, the Penn State Chapter leaders are challenging fans to join together and pledge any amount to help them reach their goal of $1,000 per touchdown.
Whether the topic is business, athletics, schooling or any other category of one’s life development, a level playing field and proper guidance would undoubtedly mix the company of the haves and have nots.