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"Lift for Life" from SU Football raises $11,000 to fight rare diseases

Syracuse Football's Kenneth Ruff pushes a monster-tire at the 2017 Lift for Life (Niko Tamurian)

It's an event that grows in stature every year.

The annual "Lift for Life" is becoming a staple of the summer at Syracuse University. While by nature, the faces and names on the team changes every year the common goal apparently never will.

The team takes pledges leading up to the event, in the Orange's case, to combat rare diseases. It all started when former punter Rob Long scored a resounding win in his battle with brain cancer that started in 2010.

The mission became enhanced with the battle of 8-year old Lillian Belfield with cancer.

In 2017, a whopping $11,000 was raised to help the cause.

As for the event, the team is siphoned into smaller squads with captains and put through rigorous fitness tests.

Some of the drills include a monster tire push, the old-fashioned 2-man wheel barrow and even an agility course.

Eventually, the event boiled down to a team led by senior captain Zaire Franklin and safety Daivon Ellison with the winner decided in a tug-o-war battle.

Ellison's team won the event, but the team quickly gathered to recognize their "family" and how much good was done.

Click the video player to watch our report.

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