19 Year Old Football Player Donates Corneas After Dying Suddenly of Undetected Cancer Collin Sather, who died in February due to a rare form of genetic kidney cancer, was able to donate his corneas even though his other organs werent viable since the cancer had already spread at the time of his death. He was adamant that he wanted to be an organ donor, so this wasnt my call at all, his mom, Treena Sather Head, told InsideEdition.com. It was something that was his wish, and it was up to us to honor that. Sather Head of Spokane Valley, Washington, explained that ever since Collin was born, he loved sports. In fact, his first word was ball. He was very with football, basketball, she explained. The only time I saw him get angry was if he was getting smack talked on the field or on the court. Collin played football at West Valley High School, then after graduation last , he began playing football at the University of Idaho. When he was home in December over Christmas break, he started having back pain so we went to the doctor and thought it was kidney stones, figured it would pass, his mom recalled. The pain came and went, and he eventually attributed it to a pulled muscle and moved on. For the next month or so, he began experiencing nausea and stomach pains, and at the end of January, he was back in the hospital when he couldnt stop throwing up after routine practice. Thats when they found the tumor, Sather Head said. Doctors said he had a rare genetic cancer that had already spread around his body by the time they found it. He spent the following weeks in and out of the hospital before he finally passed away from his disease. Collin lived the life he loved, Sather Head said. Had the cancer been caught sooner, he would have been busy with treatments and follow ups that he wouldnt have been able to do. Even though the grieving mother called it her worst nightmare, times a thousand, she said shes glad her youngest son was able to help others even after his death. Hopefully with this organ donation, someone will be able to live the life the way they want with the gift of sight, she said.