Deontre Reed always kept a positive attitude, even in the most dire situations.
Reed, who suffered from lung cancer, died Tuesday afternoon at age 15. A sophomore at Northwest, Reed was a member of the basketball and football teams.
"He never complained," said Nicole McCoy, his mother. "He never wanted you to feel sorry for him. He was a trooper."
Reed was in and out of the hospital after struggling to breathe during a Northwest junior varsity basketball game in February. Originally, he was diagnosed with pneumonia. He was later diagnosed with Stage 4 lung cancer on June 11.
Lung cancer ate away at Reed's body — he lost 70 to 75 pounds — but not at his determination.
Every time he saw one of his coaches or a teammate, he spoke about how he couldn't wait to get back to the team.
"Football was his love," said Northwest freshman football coach Adam Rosenstiel. "He always wanted to be better than his dad."
Reed's dad, Kenny McCoy, played for Schartz at West in the 1990s.
Reed's memorial service is still being planned, his mother said. A memorial fund has been set up to help the family: Patricia Reed/Deontre Reed, Medical Community Credit Union, Fund 796584, 1144 S. Clifton, Wichita, 67218.