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College Football Freshman WR Diagnosed With Kidney Cancer

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After taking a redshirt his freshman year, Idaho Vandals wide receiver Collin Sather was expecting to see some playing time in 2019. Unfortunately, the latest announcement on his health has put that on hold.

According to the Idaho Statesman, Sather is battling cancer in his kidneys, known as advanced renal cancer. Per the report he is currently undergoing treatment in Spokane, Washington.

The Statesman reported that Sather started experiencing stomach pains on January 17 and had to be hospitalized on January 21. Idaho made a formal announcement on Friday.

The 5-foot-11 receiver from the state of Washington hails from West Valley High School, and earned All-Great Northern League honors in football and basketball before joining the Vandals.

Support for Sather has poured in from teammates, friends, and alumni alike.

Idaho head coach Paul Petrino said in a statement that the team was behind Sather in his cancer battle.

“We are with Collin every day during this fight. He is a great young man and the model of a great teammate. Everyone in our program cares a lot about him, and he will always be a valued member of this team.

“We keep Collin and his family in our thoughts and prayers each day. We are here to help him keep fighting, and we will be here to welcome him back when he wins his battle.”

Last year the Vandals finished 4-7 in their return to the Big Sky Conference.