Congratulations to Penn State offensive lineman Eric Shrive, who has won the 2013 Uplifting Athletes Rare Disease Champion Award.
Shrive, who has raised almost $70,000 for kidney cancer patients and research while at Penn State, was one of seven finalists for the award, which uses fan voting to select the winner. He has generated $69,500 during Penn State's Lift for Life events, a major weightlifting and conditioning competition that takes place every July in State College. Last summer, Shrive, who has an uncle battling kidney cancer, raised $32,000.
He appeared in every game last season as a reserve for Penn State and will be a fifth-year senior in 2013.
Shrive is the second consecutive Big Ten player to win the Rare Disease Champion Award after Nebraska running back Rex Burkhead received the honor in 2012. Shrive will be recognized at events March 1-2.