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Fund set up to help Jesse Ertz’s sister fight brain tumor

A social media initiative is underway to help the sister of Kansas State quarterback Jesse Ertz’s sister fight her brain tumor.

This does start to make sense of Bill Snyder’s postgame press conference after Saturday’s loss to Oklahoma State where the head coach said, “I thought Jesse played well. He’s had some family issues that could have been very distracting but his tough-mindedness overcame that.”

Ertz’s sister, Lydia Gatton, is in an Iowa hospital being treated for a brain tumor. She suffered a seizure last Wednesday and during treatment a tumor was discovered in her frontal lobe, according to a post on a gofundme.com account.


Ertz completed 12 of 18 passes for 87 yards and rushed 30 times for 153 yards in K-State’s 43-37 loss to Oklahoma State. The QB was not made available to the media after the game.

Our best wishes go out to Ertz, his sister, and his family during this time.

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