Cancer in remission for former Washington State OL Riley Sorenson


Washington State safety Robert Taylor (2), linebacker Peyton Pelluer (47) offensive lineman Riley Sorenson (58) and defensive lineman Kingston Fernandez (52) celebrate after an NCAA college football game against California in Pullman, Wash., Saturday, Nov. 12, 2016. (AP Photo/Young Kwak)

The story of former Washington State lineman Riley Sorenson took a positive turn on Wednesday.

Sorenson was a three-year starter at center for the Cougars and was an honorable mention all-Pac-12 selection in 2016 as a senior. But between his junior and senior seasons, Sorenson dealt with a terrible stretch of personal turmoil. Sorenson’s father died of a heart attack in January 2016, days after he suffered a heart attack before arriving at WSU’s bowl game. Less than five months later, Sorenson’s mother died from cancer.

Not long after, Sorenson was diagnosed with testicular cancer. After surgery, Sorenson was able to play his senior season, but the cancer returned over the summer “in the form of a tumor in the back of his abdomen.”

But here’s the good news: after months of chemotherapy, Sorenson’s girlfriend Elisabeth Haffner announced Wednesday Sorenson is in remission.

Per the Daily Evergreen, Sorenson and Haffner spent the summer in Pullman while Sorenson underwent chemo treatment in nearby Lewiston, Idaho.

He completed treatment in September just before Wazzu’s season opener against Montana State. He raised the WSU flag before the game.

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