Cosner, who founded the Texas State University Bass Cats and was named to the 2010 FLW College Fishing All-America team, was diagnosed with the rare disease in 2009 when he was 17 and since has had to undergo 215 surgeries.
Cosner is recuperating from his latest surgery earlier this week in an Austin hospital and may need a lung transplant soon. In April 2010, Cosner was a wise-cracking, happy-go-lucky competitor in the first FLW College Fishing National Championship tournament on Fort Loudoun. He and teammate Jay McCollum finished second to champions Jake Gipson and Matt Wercinski of the University of Florida by 9 ounces in what many consider to be the most dramatic college competition yet.
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