Help Coach Get Back On The Court!

Scott is a Division III college basketball coach at Northland College in Ashland, Wisconsin. He has devoted his life to guiding student-athletes both on and off the court for the past 24 years. Over the past five months, he has been hospitalized numerous times due to his Crohn's disease. This has caused some financial burden as medical bills have mounted. There have also been unexpected expenses with travel to the Mayo Clinic and hotel expenses.

Scott was diagnosed with Crohn's Disease in 1990 at age 12. This painful and debilitating disease has made the last five months quite a struggle. In a lot of ways, he has been one of the most fortunate people who battle the infliction. After surgeries in 1992 (age 14) and 1996 (age 19), he was blessed to not have many complications stemming from Crohn’s for 21 years. In fact, over that time he has had only two brief hospital stays for a grand total of six days.

However, since March of this year, he has found himself in the hospital in Ashland eight times. After consultations with his two doctors and a general surgeon up in Ashland, he was referred to the world famous Mayo Clinic in Rochester, MN. Last week, he spent four days in Rochester at Mayo going through a litany of testing to come up with an answer. With the basketball season (his 24th total, the last 14 at the collegiate level) just around the corner, he wanted to come up with a plan that we could put into action as quickly as possible. 

With that said, the wonderful doctors and surgeons at Mayo decided that the best course of action is to have Scott undergo surgery. This surgery will take place on Tuesday, September 19, 2017. It is fairly serious and quite invasive. It is necessary (and similar in its’ construct to his past surgeries) and will give him the opportunity to be healthy and pain-free not only for this season, but, Lord-willing, many years to come.

This will have him out-of-commission for a while. 3-7 days likely in the hospital, another 1-2 weeks recovering and up to 4-to-6 weeks until fully healed. However, after the initial couple of days, he will be conscious and working as much as he can to come back stronger and better-than-ever. The hope is to have Scott back on the floor, ready to go (as much as possible) by the first day of practice.

He, preemptively, wants to thank all those who have/are/will support him and his family through this really difficult time. He is comfortable with what’s about to happen for several reasons. First, he's in the hands of the best doctors/surgeons in the world. Second, the support he's received from his mom, his fiancé Kim, his brothers (and their families), and the incredible people he works with at Northland College, including his two assistant coaches in Cole Schreiner and Rick Whiting, has been outstanding. Beyond words to the point of tears. Finally, what we’ve built at Northland College, and the student-athletes (and their families) in his program, is one of the strongest, most amazing cultures we’ve ever been a part of. They know, beyond any doubt, what is expected of them and how to be a winning program. The leadership in the LumberJack basketball family is without equal and they have dedicated themselves to make the program the best it can be. His confidence in them has no boundaries and the team will be ready for the 17-18 season.
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Kimberly Harrington 
Ashland, WI
Scott Sorenson 
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