Derby man dies after battling esophageal cancer

(Source: Larry Rankin Facebook page)

WICHITA, Kan. (KWCH/RELEASE) Longtime Wichita State Assistant AD for Media Relations Larry Rankin passed away Friday after a two-year battle with esophageal cancer.

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In a press release Saturday, Wichita State announced Rankin's passing. He was first diagnosed with esophageal cancer in June 2017.

After trying several different treatments in May of 2018, doctors found more tumors on his liver. He was told in order to live, he would have to keep up with a chemo regimen. But, the latest treatment made him extremely sick.

Doctors told him there were no other treatment options available. In April 2018, Rankin decided to forgo any other treatment and enter hospice.

Rankin, 51, joined the WSU staff in September, 1992 as an assistant sports information director. He took over responsibility of the media relations office as sports information director in 1994 and became an assistant athletic director in 1998.

"We are saddened to learn today of the passing of Larry Rankin," said Darron Boatright, Director of Athletics. "Larry served as Assistant AD of Media Relations for over 25 years and amassed friends and relationships all across the country, while representing Shocker Athletics. Our thoughts are with Denise, Garrett, Bailey and Wyatt as they remain an integral part of the Shocker Athletics family."

Funeral arrangements are pending. For those interested in helping the Rankin family, donations can be made by clicking here.