CU track athlete Kyle MacIntosh, 23, dies after battling cancer

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AURORA, Colo. — University of Colorado sprinter and hurdler Kyle MacIntosh died Thursday at Children’s Hospital after battling a rare form of cancer for more than a year. He was 23.

MacIntosh was diagnosed with Ewing’s sarcoma in December 2013 and on Dec. 26, he suffered a brain aneurism.

He is survived by his parents, Bill and Nancy, and his sister Kendra. No funeral services have been announced.

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Ewing's sarcoma usually affects children and young adults. The Boulder Daily Camera reported MacIntosh was surrounded by family and friends.

"We know that he knew that everyone was around him and that was a good thing," friend David Brewster told the Daily Camera. "He knew how much he was loved."

MacIntosh underwent 11 rounds of chemotherapy and 43 radiation treatments since being diagnosed with the cancer.

"Not a shadow of a doubt in my mind that Kyle beat cancer," said Mitch Rivard, who helped organize fundraising campaigns. "He never gave up and his strength inspired thousands, including myself. His battle will change the way I live my life forever, and I cherish the moments I shared with him. He may be gone, but he certainly will never be forgotten."

T-shirts to support MacIntosh are still being sold at CUBuffs.com. The $10 cost go to the MacIntosh family to help offset medical costs.

CU also had two donation drives at recent men's basketball games. Online donations for the MacIntosh family are also still being accepted.

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