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Uplifting Athletes Blue White Events

Categories: Rich Mauti Cancer Fund

Our family will be heading from Happy Valley, Oregon to Penn State this weekend! We are all looking forward to the trip. Our kids were just 7 & 11 when both their Dad and their Grandpa (maternal side of the family) were diagnosed with kidney cancer in 2004-5. After we learned that the Penn State football team is the leading fundraiser for kidney cancer, we wrote some thank you notes and Jordan Norwood was the first player that contacted our family. We ended up traveling to campus to meet the team in 2007 and that was the start of a very special connection for our family.

As an 8th grader, our daughter began to knit blue and white scarves that were flown to Penn State to raise money for kidney cancer research. She is now 21 and she is a junior studying Civil Engineering at Penn State! We are still making the scarves and those are sold at McLanahans in State College.  Our scarves have now raised over $45,000! Our family will be working at the Uplifting Athletes tent (across from the BJC) all day Saturday (until 4p) and our scarves will be available to purchase for $20. ALL of money goes to the Penn State chapter of Uplifting Athletes to benefit kidney cancer research. The scarves make great gifts–each one comes with a handwritten message from our family as well as a small orange ribbon to symbolize kidney cancer. We have lots of different scarf styles to choose from. We have the information and photos on our Facebook page.

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If any of you can help us, by sharing this information with others we would greatly appreciate it. This is the only site that we ever post on and we really don’t know where else we would post. Our two family members continue to be screened for kidney cancer every 6 months and thankfully we have had no further signs of kidney cancer so far. Thank you!

-Willie Family