Ioane Battling Kidney Disease, Still Playing Football
Jeremy Ioane was diagnosed with a kidney disease more than two years ago.
Nov. 27, 2014

Boise State senior safety Jeremy Ioane has delayed a kidney transplant so he can finish his career as a Bronco. Every night, he connects a catheter in his abdomen to a dialysis machine that removes waste from his body -- a job his kidneys no longer can perform.

Ioane was diagnosed with a kidney disease more than two years ago. He has made 28 starts for the Broncos since then, most recently in September. He hopes to make at least one more appearance on Saturday for Senior Day.

"He's such a tough kid and he's not going to back down," football coach Bryan Harsin said. "That's what you love about him. If he tells you he can do it, you believe him, and you want to see him have success."

Doctors told Ioane in May that he needed the transplant and suggested he get it done soon. That would have forced him to miss his senior season.

Instead, he chose dialysis.

That has meant living with his illness for several extra months.

"The team that I play for is like a family to me," he said. "So I felt like it was the right decision to finish it off with them. To me, it doesn't matter how much I play, as long as I'm there with the team, there to support the team and do whatever I can to help them win."

To read Jeremy's entire story in the Idaho Statesman, CLICK HERE

Jeremy Ioane's medical bills to this point have been covered by his family's insurance and Boise State student insurance. When he graduates in December, he will lose the university coverage. He does not qualify for the NCAA's catastrophic medical coverage because he doesn't have a football injury.

Boise State has helped the family establish a website for those who wish to help with his future medical expenses.

To access the site and donate, CLICK HERE.

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