When the San Francisco 49ers hosted the Tampa Bay Buccaneers before the bye week, the stadium was filled with pink. Players and fans alike wore the color in honor of breast cancer awareness month. The pink, coupled with both teams having red and gold tones as their team colors, made the blue shirts with the Superman-esque logo worn by several 49ers alumni on the sidelines stand out.
The shirts were a way to represent Colby Young, the son of 49ers alum Bryant Young, who recently passed at the age of 15 after a long and difficult fight with pediatric cancer. Many 49ers alum including Keena Turner, Jesse Sapolu, Steve Bono and Parys Haralson were seen wearing #teamcolby shirts along with Bryant Young as his son was recognized on the jumbotron.
Colby, who loved sports, especially football, was originally taken to the pediatrician because of a severe headache. What was originally thought to be something as simple as the flu did not subside and a subsequent cat scan revealed a golf ball sized tumor in his head. The tumor was later determined to be cancerous.
Colby’s story is captured in this video and it is also documented on Instagram by Colby’s mother, Kristin, who is a photographer. Her instagram account is kristinmyoung. DO make sure you have tissues nearby, it’s powerful.
The t-shirts were done on a pre-order system where once they reached a certain quantity they would have them made, so they aren’t currently available for purchase. We will let you know when they become available again. If you’d like to donate, the organizations listed below are those that supported the Youngs throughout their fight and suggested by the family in lieu of flowers for Colby’s celebration of life.
Home Away Boston
250 1st Avenue #321
Charlestown, MA 02129
Pediatric Brain Tumor Foundation
302 Ridgefield Court
Asheville, NC 28806
Make a Wish Central and Western North Carolina
1131 Harding Place
Charlotte, NC 28204