CHARLESTON, Ill. (WAND) -- The Eastern Illinois Panthers and Uplifting Athletes organization have partnered together to help raise awareness for rare diseases in America.

They're calling it "Run for life" its an alternative to the annual "lift for life" event that usually involves athletes bench pressing 225 pounds as many times as they can.

This year's ten-day event is focusing on all involved reaching 7,000 miles via walking, biking, running, or jogging.

Organizers are also taking donations.

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