The athletic community supported her throughout her journey
Colleen's head coach, Matt Weise, stated that the entire athletic department at Michigan State had been determined let Colleen know that she wasn't alone. They all worked hard to remind her that she was missed and never forgotten. Other athletes from different sports teams at Michigan State would send her videos. Some of the Michigan State rowers also wore hats and used ribbons to decorate boats showing unified support for their sick teammate. They would display their support even at races during competition season.