Category Archives: Uplifting Athletes

On March 2, 2013 Mediabarn was honored to be a sponsor for the 2nd annual Uplifting Athletes Gridiron Gala.  A black tie optional affair, the gala was held at Strawberry Square in Harrisburg, PA and had a huge turnout.  The program included the presentation of the 2013 Rare Disease Champion Award to Penn State’s Eric Shrive.  The presentation was made by Andy Hoffman, father of Jack Hoffman whose emotional story can be found here:  Last year’s winner of the Rare Disease Champion Award was Nebraska’s Rex Burkhead for his work with Team Jack, so it was fitting that Andy … Continue reading

This past weekend, Mediabarn’s principal, Keith Deaven was present at the Penn State vs Indiana football game for an on-field presentation of a check in excess of $110,000 to The Kidney Cancer Association from the Penn State chapter of Uplifting Athletes. The Kidney Cancer Association’s vice president for public affairs, Carrie Konosky, who  was present to receive the funds remarked, “We’re grateful to the remarkable student athletes on the Penn State Football team for their ongoing support of researchers who are dedicated to the eradication of death and suffering from kidney cancer.”  The Penn State chapter of Uplifting Athletes has … Continue reading

We are proud to announce that our very own Keith Deaven has been appointed Board President of Uplifting Athletes. Uplifting Athletes is a non-profit organization that aligns college football and rare diseases in order to raise them as a national priority through outreach, research, education and advocacy. A rare disease is one that affects fewer than 200,000 Americans and consequently lacks financial incentive to make and market new treatments. However, over 7,000 rare diseases collectively affect more than 30 million Americans, making rare diseases a far-reaching issue. Keith’s involvement with Uplifting Athletes began when he was introduced to Founder Scott … Continue reading

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RESTON, Va., Jan. 12, 2011 /PRNewswire/ — Mediabarn, Inc., an interactive agency providing user research, design and technology, is proud to announce the redesign of the Uplifting Athletes website located at Uplifting Athletes, a charity that works with college football teams to raise money and awareness for rare disease research, relied on Mediabarn to create a new site that helped better illustrate its vision. To achieve this, Mediabarn created an improved look and feel with a consistently branded site that enables each university chapter to have their own identity within the site. The information architecture was also redesigned to … Continue reading


The Boston College Chapter of Uplifting Athletes got a mention during ESPN’s College Game Day this past week as they were spotlighting BC’s defensive star Mark Herzlich’s battle with cancer. They have also been mentioned in the USA Today and the Wall Street Journal in the last few weeks. ( Any press is good press, but good press is great press. We’re glad we can help Uplifting Athletes continue to make a difference.

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We couldn’t be happier with the feedback we’ve been getting on the success of the Uplifting Athletes site. We are please to announce that they have added a new chapter to their cause and site… Boston College Adding the new chapter to their existing site was fairly easy since we’re using Drupal to manage the site. We look forward to adding many more chapters to the site in the near future.