The purpose of the event was to raise awareness and money to help fight leukemia through the NC State chapter of "Uplighting Athletes." The chapter, which was established in 2011, chose that disease to honor and support offensive coordinator Dana Bible, who diagnosed with Acute Promyelocytic Leukemia, a rare cancer of the blood, in 2009. Since receiving months of treatment, Bible is in remission.
"Wayne Crawford started our chapter last year, said fullback Tyler Purvis, the organization's secretary. "Coach Bible's particular kind of leukemia is considered rare and we wanted to let people know about it and honor him at the same time. We were all inspired by him and how he faced adversity. We knew that he was hurting, but he didn't give up and kept fighting.
"We wanted to simulate in a small way what leukemia patients have to go through," Purvis continued. "This is our first 'Lift for Life,' so at this point we're trying to raise awareness. Hopefully once people see and understand what we're doing, the money will come in."
Bible said that having the team further this worthy cause in his honor is very humbling. "When I first heard about it, I was overwhelmed," he said. "The cause is meaningful and that has nothing to do with me. The coaching staff is very proud of these young men."
Fans who wish to donate to the Wolfpack chapter of Uplifting Athletes may do so at http://www.blueskycollaborative.com/lfl2
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