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Vandals’ Collin Sather diagnosed with advanced kidney cancer

UPDATED: Wed., Feb. 20, 2019, 12:14 p.m.

No one should have to learn it like this, but Collin Sather, who said in high school “the most important thing to me is to be a coachable player,” is finding being a team member works both ways.

The University of Idaho redshirt freshman wide receiver began experiencing stomach pains Jan. 17 and has been diagnosed with advanced kidney cancer. The UI football program and university administrators have rallied to support him.

“We are with Collin every day during this fight,” head coach Paul Petrino says. “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 will be here to welcome him back when he wins his battle.”

After being diagnosed, Sather was treated with dialysis and chemotherapy at Deaconess Hospital in Spokane. He was scheduled to be transferred to Seattle Cancer Care Alliance for consultation and further treatment once his condition stabilized.

“Collin is an incredible young man – a talented student, a loyal teammate and a friend for so many in our U of I community,” said UI president Chuck Staben. “He and his family have the love and support of the entire Vandal family as they take on this fight.”

A Spokane native, Sather graduated from West Valley High school, where he was teammates with fellow Vandals Tevin Duke and Connor Whitney. At 5-11, 177 pounds, Sather was a multi-sport star. He was first-team All-Great Northern League in both football and basketball and he also ran track.

While undergoing treatment in Spokane, he has been visited by coaches, teammates and staff. He has also heard from people who have overcome a similar medical condition.

“The entire athletic department is behind Collin and his family,” A.D. Pete Isakson said. “We know Collin is going to fight this with everything he has, and I encourage our Vandal community to match that with unwavering support for him and his family.”

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