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Marquette Women’s Basketball’s Tori McCoy Needs A Kidney Transplant

More importantly, her family needs a little bit of financial assistance and MU has figured out how to make that work.

COLLEGE BASKETBALL: MAR 04 Big Ten Women's Tournament - Ohio State v Purdue
Tori McCoy playing some strong defense in the 2017 Big Ten Tournament.
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As you may have seen back in December from the Marquette Wire, Marquette women’s basketball transfer forward Tori McCoy has been diagnosed with Focal Segmental Glomerulosclerosis, a rare kidney disease. At the time of the diagnosis, McCoy has suffered 80% damage to her kidneys, and for her long-term health, she will require a transplant.

That may take a while though, and for now, McCoy is receiving dialysis treatment three times a week while continuing to attend class at Marquette, and, believe it or not, continuing to participate in basketball activities with the team.

As you might expect, this kind of a thing is putting a bit of a financial strain on the McCoy family. Thus, there is a GoFundMe page set up where you can chip in to help defray costs for them. It was set up a while back, but has been taken over by Marquette to keep everything above board to preserve McCoy’s eligibility for basketball. After all, boosters can’t give money directly to the McCoy family for any reason, even for very good intentions. At the time of this writing, the donation page has accrued over $11,000 of the stated $25,000 goal, but I’d like to think we can push that a bit further along.

If you’re not a fan of making donations via the Internet, Marquette has also established a donation account with US Bank. You can walk in to any US Bank location (including the one at the Alumni Memorial Union on campus) and make a contribution to the “Tori McCoy Donation Account.” Marquette can also accept checks for the US Bank account, but they must be made out to “Tori McCoy Donation Account.”

McCoy was ranked #10 in the country in the recruiting class of 2016. She averaged 8.1 points, 4.9 rebounds, and 1.7 blocks while playing just 17 minutes a game in 35 appearances as a freshman at Ohio State before transferring to Marquette in the summer of 2017. She is redshirting this season per NCAA transfer rules before returning to the court for the Golden Eagles this coming fall.