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Utah basketball: Trainer Trevor Jameson attacks the fight of his life
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But none of the stats go through Jameson’s mind. He’s never asked himself if he’s going to live. He’s never asked his doctors about his long-term prognosis. His relationships have a lot to do with his positive outlook. Jameson’s close with all of the players he works with. His relationship with Mac Brennan — the 8-year-old son of senior associate athletics director Kyle Brennan — has become special.

The younger Brennan is fighting leukemia and the two have bonded, spending a lot of time together. It’s relationships like these that have kept Jameson mentally strong.

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About Trevor Jameson

» In his 14th season as Utah’s head athletic trainer.

» Did his undergrad work at BYU.

» Native of Salt Lake City.

» Graduate of Taylorsville High.

» Being treated at the Huntsman Cancer Institute.

» Has a wife (Angie) and 5 children.

Colorado at Utah

O Saturday, noon

TV » Pac-12 Network

Radio » 700 AM

Records » Utah 18-9 (7-8); Colorado 20-8 (9-6)

Series history » Colorado leads 25-16

Last meeting » Colorado 79, Utah 75, OT (Feb. 1)

About the Buffaloes » Xavier Talton scored a then-season-high 14 points in the win over Utah. … Josh Scott and Askia Booker combined for 38 points in that win. … Colorado is playing without all-conference guard Spencer Diniwddie, who is injured. … The Buffaloes will play three straight on the road to end the regular season.

About the Utes » Renan Lenz and Xan Ricketts will be honored on senior day. … Utah is looking to improve to 8-8 in the league. … The Utes will finish the regular season with two straight on the road. … Utah split with Colorado last season.

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"I know that I’m going to make it," Jameson said. "I’ve left it all in God’s hands. He has a plan for all of us. But anything other than being ok has never been in my thought process."

Jameson walks a little slower than normal. He wears a back brace a lot of the time. Other than that, he doesn’t look any different than usual. That’s due to his current chemotherapy and method of treatment, which is designed to contain the cancer and prevent spreading.

In April, Jameson will receive a stem cell transplant. He will also undergo aggressive treatment designed to kill the cancer entirely. Because of that, he will be forced to take time off, as that form of treatment will take a toll on him physically.

Through it all, Jameson has proved to be one who hasn’t let an illness control his life. He said he’s counting on Utah making a run to the postseason and winning games beyond the Pac-12 tournament.

"He’s a perfect example of what it is to be resilient," Krystkowiak said. "the stuff he’s going through has got to be very draining. I can’t imagine many people being as tough as Trevor is. We’ve learned a lot about him. He’s a fighter, and it’s awesome to have him as a part of our team."

tjones@sltrib.com




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