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Help the SU Chapter of Uplifting Athletes Turn TDs Into Research Money

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It's that time of year again to help turn touchdowns into rare disease research money.

Liz Condo-USA TODAY Sports

The Syracuse Orange football players will attempt to defeat the N.C. State Wolfpack on the field this Saturday but while they're at it, they're also hoping to defeat a second opponent...anaplastic astrocytoma. And they're going to need your help to do it...

The Syracuse University Chapter of Uplifting Athletes is hoping to turn touchdowns into rare disease research money by holding a Touchdown Pledge Drive during the NC State game this Saturday, Nov. 1, at 3 p.m. ET at the Carrier Dome. The event is a signature fundraiser of the Uplifting Athletes nationwide network of 25 college football chapters led by student-athletes.

For the NC State game, each touchdown Syracuse scores will support anaplastic astrocytoma research. Fans can support the Touchdown Pledge Drive by making a donation through the Syracuse pledge site: pldgit.com/syracuse. When at the site, fans can choose an amount of money to pledge for each touchdown Syracuse scores in the game.

Founded by current captain and senior longsnapper Sam Rodgers in 2013, the Syracuse Chapter of Uplifting Athletes raises awareness of and research funds for anaplastic astrocytoma, the form of brain cancer former kicker Rob Long was diagnosed with following the 2010 season. Long has been cancer free since March 28, 2011.

Syracuse raised $7,354 in its second Lift For Life event this past summer. The campaign goal for this weekend is $5,000. Help make it happen, captains.