Casey O’Brien

University of Minnesota

Vitals: 6-1, 180-pound freshman holder

Rare Disease Connection: As a freshman in high school, Casey played quarterback for Cretin Derham Hall. During that first year, he felt pain in his knee when he was playing and was later diagnosed with the rare disease osteosarcoma, which is a rare form of bone cancer (there are fewer than 20,000 cases in the U.S. each year). He had a complete knee replacement and was on the road to recover when had a setback and the cancer returned. Only this time it was in both of his lungs. Casey has endured 10 surgeries and more than 30 rounds of chemotherapy during his rare disease journey. A one-time promising quarterback, Casey returned to play football in high school football as a holder and is now a walk-on holder for the Gophers.

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