Former Washington State offensive lineman Riley Sorenson defeated his first battle with testicular cancer last year, recovering in time to play in his senior season with the Cougars.
Unfortunately, the cancer has returned.
“I was pretty surprised,” Sorenson told The Seattle Times. “Just because the odds they gave me the first time (estimated) only a 10 percent (likelihood) that it would come back.”
Per The Seattle Times, Sorenson’s doctor told him nearly a month ago that he had a tumor in the back of his abdomen. Now, Sorenson and his loved ones, including his girlfriend Elisabeth Haffner, plan to fight the relapse just as hard as the first time.
“You either let it break you down and let it destroy you, or you learn from it, become a better person from it and move on,” Haffner said. “It’s not all sunshine and rainbows because it sucks. It’s really scary and there’s a lot that I manage and have to balance and juggle and take on, but you can’t let that derail you from moving forward.”
Haffner’s close friend, Courteney Fisher, started a GoFundMe page after Sorenson found out the cancer had returned. The campaign has already raised $23,015 in three weeks to pay for Sorenson’s medical bills and expenses. You can support the cause here.
Sorenson hopes to be done with chemo in September, then move on to the next stage of his life, including finishing his classes to obtain a Washington State degree.
“This chemo, from what everyone is saying, is the safest because there’s not usually any deaths or anything, and it’s pretty finite,” Sorenson says. “Once you do it, it’s pretty honed in. This (testicular) cancer has a high rate of survival too. If you’re going to get cancer, this is the one to get.”