“Cancer didn’t win this battle,” said her coach. “God needed her with him. She’s a fighter until the end, as I knew she would be.”
Those were the words of Cindy Hawthorne, the Brantley softball coach who had only encouraging words for one of her star players, Alex Wilcox. After helping lead her high school team to the state championship, Wilcox signed on to play softball at Mississippi State University.
Wilcox played her freshman year at the college, inspiring fans far and wide, inspiring an entire nation who knew of her—until she passed away from ovarian cancer Monday night. She was 18.
She was diagnosed with ovarian cancer before her junior season at Brantley, in 2016, which was almost a year before she signed on with Mississippi State. At the university, as a Bulldog, she helped spark a cancer-awareness movement that rippled across the country, from border to border, according to The Montgomery Advertiser.
“When she signed with Mississippi State, I said then she was the face of Brantley softball,” said Hawthorne. “I don’t see that changing. Now hundreds of thousands across this nation know her and her story.”
“We know where she is, and I just thank God for that assurance. I’m going to live to be with her one day,” Hawthorne added. “Her legacy will live on.”
MSU coach Vann Stuedeman said in a statement Monday, said of Wilcox, “The bravest, most courageous young lady I have ever known went through the toughest battle with a smile on her face every day,” he said.
Wilcox played in 16 games as a freshman at MSU. She was honored at the college for her battle with ovarian cancer with special weekday jerseys.
“The grace and beauty that she put forward while suffering this horrific disease was truly remarkable and nothing short of heroic. Our hearts are broken for her family and all of those that loved her so dearly.”
After hearing of Wilcox’s death Monday night, Hawthorne said, “Her legacy will live on until the end of time. This isn’t how it was supposed to end.”
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