Goal met for reporter battling colon cancer

TROY, Ala. (TROJANVISION) — A community-wide fundraiser goal meant to help a local reporter battling cancer has been met.

Josh Boutwell, the sports editor at the Troy Messenger, has been fighting stage three colon cancer. The Trojans Together NIL Collective, which features Trojan Football safety Dell Pettus, put together a fundraiser to help him cover medical costs.

The goal was to raise $10,000. Not only did the community meet that goal, it exceeded it with a grand total over $11,000.

“I was shocked coach. Coach Jon Sumrall mentioned it on his press conference. The very next day is when they really started pushing and then, just kind of all of a sudden, started just going crazy. I didn’t expect it. The biggest thing is just thank you so much. I can’t thank people enough. It means the world to us and there’s no way I could thank people enough for this although.”

Although Boutwell is covered financially, his battle is not over. He is in his second round of chemotherapy, which is expected to last until the end of February 2024.