Katie Hnida made history back in the early 2000s, when she became the second woman to dress for a Division I college football team, and the first to score in a game.
Hnida walked on at Colorado, and then transferred to New Mexico, where she knocked in a pair of extra points during a win over Texas State in 2003.
The next year, Hnida made headlines when she alleged that she was sexually assaulted by a Colorado teammate years earlier.
Former Buffaloes coach Gary Barnett drew criticism for his response to the allegations, which were to call Hnida “a distraction,” and an “awful, terrible” kicker, per a 2004 ESPN article. Hnida has gone on to work as a spokeswoman for rape and domestic violence survivors.
According to her family, Katie Hnida recently suffered multiple organ failure after taking a common, prescribed medication.
The family has set up a GoFundMe page, which has raised over $13,000 of a $20,000 goal thus far.
From the fundraiser page:
“She recently was prescribed a common, everyday antibiotic and suffered a rare, life threatening reaction—multi-organ failure. Katie’s kidneys failed, her liver shut down, and her bone marrow quit functioning. Her blood wouldn’t clot, and she had uncontrollable bleeding. Katie was admitted to the ICU in critical condition where she was given emergency dialysis and doctors debated the need for a possible liver transplant. Fortunately, she has stabilized and her doctors and family are optimistic that she will eventually recover from this crisis. But her road back will be slow and cautious.”
According to the GoFundMe, doctors are optimistic, but Hnida’s medical costs are significant. Her treatment is estimated to cost over $155,000, and while she has health insurance, her deductible is extremely high, and she cannot cover the costs out of pocket, especially as she is out of work for months.
Our thoughts go out to Hnida and her family as she battles back from this terrifying event.