MOSCOW, Idaho (KMVT/KSVT) After celebrating his 19th birthday on Sunday, a University of Idaho football player lost his battle to cancer.
Collin Sather passed away early Tuesday morning.
Sather was diagnosed with advanced renal cancer in January after experiencing stomach pains. He underwent several weeks of dialysis and chemotherapy, but the cancer spread to his lungs and neck.
“Collin was a tremendous young man and a great teammate,” said head coach Paul Petrino. “It is a testament to him to see how many of our players cared so deeply about him and how many lives he touched in the Vandal Family in such a short time. We challenge our players to be tough and always choose character. Nobody did a better job of that than Collin. My time with him made me a better person and I know his teammates feel the same way.”
The redshirt freshman wide receiver is a native of Spokane, where he excelled at West Valley High School.
A GoFundMe campaign was set up earlier in the week and on his birthday alone, donors raised nearly $10,000. The goal is to reach $100,000.
Meanwhile, the university is providing counseling services to students, faculty and staff.