Craig With his parents and brother by his side, 20-year-old Cory Pike died Monday night of Burkitt’s lymphoma after fighting the cancer for six months.
The Pike family released a statement Tuesday on Cory’s CaringBridge blog.
“On November 16th at 6:50 p.m. our beloved son, Tyler’s brother and your friend, Cory Dustin Pike, lost his courageous battle with lymphoma,” the statement read. “He went peacefully and painlessly and was surrounded by friends and family.”
Cory graduated from Moffat County High School in 2007, where he played football and threw shot put for the track team.
He attended Colorado State University, where he was studying construction management.
When Cory was home in June, he was diagnosed with Burkitt’s lymphoma. He had gone through several rounds of chemotherapy and radiation therapy.
Upon hearing of the diagnosis, the community came out in support of Cory by participating in several fundraisers, topped off by an auction in October that raised more than $21,000 for the Pike family.
Despite the outpouring of support from his hometown, doctors on the Front Range were unable to find a bone marrow donor, and on Sept. 12 he was given a transplant of umbilical cord stem cells.
After the surgery, biopsies showed he was cancer-free. But, he was still feeling ill because his body was rejecting the foreign cells.
According to the family’s updates on the blog, Cory’s kidney function was improving and he was working at his exercises with enthusiasm.
The family was looking forward to having Cory home in Craig for Christmas.
A biopsy of Cory’s bone marrow last week, however, revealed the lymphoma had returned.
“As you probably know, his fight was long and hard and we are very proud of him,” the family said in the statement. “If anyone could will this horrible disease away it was Cory, but his lymphoma was too aggressive and it ultimately took his life.”
Cory was unable to be moved home to Craig for his final days, however he did ask to be moved back to Fort Collins, where he had been attending CSU, so he could be near family and friends.
In an update Sunday, Cory’s father, Dave Pike, said visits from friends during the weekend had Cory as happy as his family had seen him in months.
“We want to thank each and everyone one of you that followed Cory’s progress here, joined in the fun during his fundraisers and made countless visits during his illness,” the family’s statement read. “The love and prayers you filled our family with will never be forgotten.”
A memorial service has not been scheduled.