Temple University’s football equipment manager is likely two weeks away from returning home after he was diagnosed with cancer last month, coach Geoff Collins said Tuesday.
Kane Ivers-Osthus, nicknamed “El Diablo,” announced on Twitter he was in remission on Oct. 17. He is currently in a rehab center to treat his Leukemia. The Owls were told of Ivers-Osthus diagnoses after the team’s 19-17 loss to Villanova on Sept. 1.
Ivers-Osthus is a 2016 sports management alumnus from the University of Florida, where he served as a student equipment manager for its football team for three seasons.
Ivers-Osthus joined Temple’s program in January 2017 as a graduate assistant during his final two years at Florida. Collins, who was the former defensive coordinator at the University of Florida, made Ivers-Osthus one of his first hires after coming to Temple in Dec. 2016. After a short time, Collins said Ivers-Osthus earned a full-time position as Assistant Equipment Manager.
To support Ivers-Osthus, Temple will be hold a blood drive with the American Red Cross on Nov. 12 at Edberg-Olson Hall.
A GoFundMe page dedicated to Ivers-Osthus’ treatment raised $50,400 as of Tuesday. Staff of Temple’s athletic programs, like Collins, Athletic Director Patrick Kraft, defensive line coach Jim Panagos, donated to the page.