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Lake Stevens football team holds fundraiser for 11-year-old killed in sledding accident

Tyeson Kane (PHOTO courtesy to KOMO News)

A Lake Stevens football team is holding a fundraiser for the family of their 11-year-old teammate after he was killed in a sledding accident.

Tyeson Kane was sledding with a friend on Dec. 26, while visiting family in Pateros. His mother says he went down a large hill and slid into the street, where he was hit by a truck.

Tyeson died in a Spokane hospital on New Year’s Day.

“He was my best bud,” his mother Jhade Tolman told KOMO News. “He was a very good friend. Always kind.”

Tolman is still in Spokane. She’s arranging to bring Tyeson’s body home next week.

She says her son had several passions, but none greater than football. He recently completed his first season with the Lake Stevens Junior Gold Vikings.

“It helped him find himself and be comfortable with himself and know what he wanted,” Tolman said. “He was definitely looking forward to next year.”

News of Tyeson’s passing hit the team hard.

“He was a great kid,” Assistant Head Coach James Latham said. “We could tell right away he was something special. He’d give you everything he had everyday in practice. And that was contagious for the other kids. They would see how hard he worked. And everyone got inspired by it.”

Friday night, the team is holding a fundraiser to support Tyeson’s mom. They’re selling #TyesonStrong wristbands and giving all proceeds to the family.

“She’s got enough on her mind right now,” Latham said. “I can’t even imagine what she’s going through, so if we can help raise extra money to alleviate bills or anything else that comes up, that’s what we want to do.”

“This football family means the world to me,” Tolman said. “There are no words to thank them enough, and to love them all enough.”

A GoFundMe page for Tyeson had raise more than $17,000 as of Friday afternoon.

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