Just over $140,000 has been raised for former Irving MacArthur star Andrew Jones, the Longhorns guard who was recently diagnosed with leukemia.
The exact figure, as of Monday morning, was $140,359 donated by 1,450 people. That includes an anonymous donation of $25,000.
Those interested in donating may do so through the Andrew Jones and Family Support Fund.
Jones had missed four games during the season due to a wrist injury before coming back to play a few minutes against Kansas and Iowa State.
The University of Texas announced the news of his leukemia on Jan. 10.
"After undergoing a number of tests and evaluations over the past week, Andrew has been diagnosed with leukemia," his family announced in a statement. "He has begun treatments, and we hope everyone will keep him in your thoughts and prayers. This is obviously a difficult situation for our family, and we hope everyone will respect our privacy at this time."
Jones was both a McDonald’s All-American and Jordan Brand All-American out of MacArthur High. He ranked as the No. 19 overall player in the nation by Scout, No. 22 by Rivals, and No. 29 by ESPN as a senior, when he averaged 30 points, 10 rebounds and seven assists per game.
Jones, whose sister Alexis Jones was drafted with the No. 12 overal pick of the 2017 WNBA Draft after a stellar career at Baylor, went through the NBA Pre-Draft Combine in May but decided to withdraw his name from the draft pool and return to Texas for his sophomore season.
There’s been a tremendous outpouring of support from around the country in honor of Jones. Most recently, at Texas’ game against West Virginia on Saturday, the Mountaineers wore warmup shirts showing their support.
That support is also easy to see in the messages left on the fundraiser page.
Richard Varney, who donated $100, left the message, “I am a KU fan who wants to give someone from the Big 12 family some help.”
Another Kansas fan, Steve Worford, also gave $100 along with the message: “As a KU alumnus and cancer survivor..... Live Strong Andrew.”
There were even messages of hope left from fans of Texas’ biggest rivals.
An anonymous donor offered $100 while saying, “I’m an Aggie parent who beat cancer and so can you! God bless you and your fight!”
Reginald Martin donated $100 along with the message, “Aggies Helping Longhorns, One State, One Family.”
Debra Lewis donated $25 and left the message, “Boomer Sooner! Get well!”