Longtime Lynden football coach Curt Kramme has been diagnosed with a rare, aggressive form of cancer according to a gofundme.com account that was started in his name late last week.
According to information on the crowdfunding page, Kramme was diagnosed with signet-ring adenocarcinoma, a cancer commonly found in the digestive tract that produces signet-shaped cells, about a month ago. Surgery was started, but doctors were unable to remove the tumor, according to the page, and Kramme said he, “has some battles to fight.”
As of Monday night, the gofundme site had raised more than half of the $50,000 in donations it was seeking to help Kramme and his family pay for medical bills and any missed time at work. Kramme also is a mathematics and weight training teacher at Lynden High.
Kramme took over the football program at Lynden in 1991 and has led the Lions to a 223-59 record the past 25 seasons, which ranks him among the top 20 winningest high school football coaches in state history. Lynden won a state title in his first year at the helm and added six more crowns in 2006, ’08, ’09, ’11, ’12 and ’13 and has advanced to the state playoffs 17 times during Kramme’s tenure.
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Kramme also serves as a boys’ basketball official in the area and coached girls’ golf at Lynden last spring.
Kramme could not be reached for comment on Monday night, May 9.
Go to the website at gofundme.com/kramme.