Terps Participate in Global Rare Disease Day

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Members of the University of Maryland chapter of Uplifting Athletes paid a visit to the National Institutes of Health in Bethesda as part of Global Rare Disease Day on Friday, Feb. 28.

C.J. Brown, Sal Conaboy, Rashid Conteh, Matt Robinson and Andrew Zeller spent the day hanging out with patients and touring the facility.

In addition, the group was able to speak with conference attendees in an effort to raise awareness and funds for the chapter’s designated rare disease, cystic fibrosis.

Uplifting Athletes is a national nonprofit organization aligning college football with rare diseases. Each campus chapter is run by football student-athletes and works to elevate its chosen rare disease as a national priority through outreach, research, education and advocacy.

The Maryland chapter of Uplifting Athletes raises money and awareness for cystic fibrosis, a rare life-threatening, genetic disease that affects the lungs and digestive systems of 30,000 children and adults in the United States. They chose this disease to help former Terrapin quarterback Boomer Esiason, whose son is battling cystic fibrosis.

Maryland will once again be raising funds for its annual Lift for Life, which will be held on Saturday, April 26. Join the fight against cystic fibrosis by supporting the Terps. For more information on the Maryland chapter, visit