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Teen continues efforts to help friend with brain cancer

By The Mercury

Though she is short of her $50,000 goal, a Manhattan High student continues her efforts to help a friend with an aggressive form of brain cancer.

Sydney Snyder, granddaughter of K-State Football Coach Bill Snyder, managed to get about halfway to her goal by the time of the Fiesta Bowl for her charity, Collin’s Cause. And this afternoon, Varney’s Bookstore was to present a check getting her more than $1,000 closer.

Collin’s Cause was created in August when Snyder’s friend Collin Rowley was diagnosed with medulloblastoma, an aggressive form of brain cancer. Rowley and his mother moved to Utah to start a series of experimental treatments to prolong his 6- to 12-month prognosis. Snyder and her mother, Shannon, wanted to help Rowley in any way they could and decided to raise funds for his family’s travel and medical expenses, which was estimated at almost $500,000. 

With help from her church and grandfather, Snyder was able to raise around $10,000 with the creation of a page called Collin’s Cause and other various fundraisers, but wanted to see if she could raise $50,000 by the Fiesta Bowl in December. Five days before, the account reached $25,275, around $15,000 short of the goal, but Snyder was not discouraged.

Snyder started working with businesses around Manhattan to help raise money for Rowley. In November, Snyder approached Varney’s Bookstore about raising money and came up with the idea of a drawing in which participants could win a $250 gift card from Varney’s and a Bill Snyder autographed K-State helmet. The store reportedly has raised more than $1,000 and will present Snyder with a check today.

Snyder said she has no plans of slowing down her efforts to help her friend and his family.

“I want his parents to focus on saving his life rather than paying his bills right now,” Snyder said.

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