When Austin was 2 years old, an MRI revealed a rare tumor on his spinal cord called an oligoastrocytoma.
After undergoing chemotherapy at a hospital near his home for a year, Austin and his family traveled to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital for his continuing care. At St. Jude, Austin underwent surgery to remove the tumor and a total of 12 weeks of radiation therapy over a two-year period.
Unfortunately, Austin, at age 17, passed away in December 2019.
Austin’s world revolved around sports. He was an announcer for a radio sports show in his hometown, and he went to football combines, where he interviewed players.
He was also an on-air personality and prep-sports statistician for an ESPN radio station. In years past, he represented St. Jude as a special correspondent for two Super Bowls — including Super Bowl 50 where questioned Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning on his plans post-Super Bowl — and the Today show. And in 2018, he shared the stage with NFL Commisioner Roger Goodell and announced the fifth overall pick for the Denver Broncos, defensive end Bradley Chubb from North Carolina State.