2015 Lift for Life
Lift for Life News
Why We Lift for Life
We are celebrating the 12th anniversary of MASH holding the Lift for Life event. This year’s event will take place on Saturday, November 14th at the High School gym.
The Mechanicsburg Lift for Life program was first organized by long-time Mechanicsburg Area Senior High teacher and baseball coach Don Shirley to run in conjunction with the efforts of Uplifting Athletes, a national organization started by Don’s son to raise money and awareness in the fight against rare diseases. Our annual competition began as a way to support and honor Don in his own battle with Kidney Cancer. After Don’s passing in 2005, we’ve held the event each year and continued our contributions to the fight. The exciting news to share is that because of the national attention that Uplifting Athletes has brought to Kidney Cancer, particularly through its Penn State chapter and many people in our own community, the disease is ready to be removed from the rare disease list!
This is a huge cause for celebration! With this recent news, our efforts will shift to focus on a different rare disease, specifically Aplastic Anemia. As many of you know, Abbie Freeland, the 9 year old daughter of MASD Administrator Jeremy Freeland, is currently battling this disease. Money raised from this year’s event will continue to support Uplifting Athletes in honor of Abbie.
So, how can you get involved?
Including the opportunity to come and watch the event that day, there will be a number of opportunities in the coming weeks to support the cause:
1. Buy a T-Shirt –T-shirts will available at the homecoming football game for $10. If that option doesn't work for you and you are still interested in purchasing a t-shirt, contact firstname.lastname@example.org to purchase a shirt.
2. Spread the Word – feel free to share the link to our website which provides more information about our mission and provides the opportunity for anyone to donate securely online through Uplifting Athletes (www.mashliftforlife.org). The short video on the homepage tells a powerful history of how Lift for Life began. It’s worth a watch, particularly for those of you who knew Don.
3. Support Participants through Donations – approximately 100 of our student-athletes will compete in November as they leverage their talents and gifts to support those affected by rare diseases. Feel free to donate if approached by a participant or give a general donation through the website.
4. Make a Team to Compete – If you’re interested, contact Clay McAllister at MASH to sign-up or download the registration form at the top of this page.
Together We Are Stronger!