The GoFundMe effort, standing at $13,630 as of press time, has attracted more than 100 supporters — and one of them donated $5,000 over the lunch hour Friday. To join the effort, click here.
In January, Sorenson’s dad Bart died in El Paso after suffering a heart attack Dec. 26 en route to the stadium to watch Riley and the Cougars play Miami in the Sun Bowl.
News of Karen’s passing from cancer arrived Thursday morning when long-time friend Tracy Cracraft, mother of WSU receiver River Cracraft, posted this heartbreaking tweet:
Shortly after, WSU launched the new GoFundMe page, writing, “Please consider supporting the Sorenson family through this difficult time.”
Funds raised in excess of the support needed for funeral, medical, and related expenses will be donated to a charitable cause, per NCAA bylaws, WSU noted.
Sadly, WSU knows all the rules surrounding such an effort. Following Bart Sorenson's heart attack, the wife of a Sun Bowl board member launched a GoFundMe campaign to help the family offset ICU, hotel and other expenses and it briefly became enveloped in controversy because of NCAA rules surrounding student-athletes. Those hurdles eventually were cleared and the effort raised nearly $70,000 — an amount the organizer told the Seattle Times was “just the tip of the iceberg” of the expenses accrued in El Paso.
The Sorensons are from Rancho Santa Margarita, Calif. Riley has two siblings, Will and Elizabeth.