Former Brantley softball player Alex Wilcox dies after cancer battle
MONTGOMERY, AL (WSFA) - Alex Wilcox, a former Brantley softball player, has died after a battle with ovarian cancer. Cindy Hawthorne, Brantley's softball coach, confirmed the news.
According to a release from Mississippi State Softball, Wilcox died in her hometown of Brantley Monday evening. Wilcox was diagnosed with cancer in December of 2015, but she played through her treatments and lead Brantley High School to multiple state championships. She started playing softball at Mississippi State in 2017 after signing with the Bulldogs in 2016. She was a freshman.
Wilcox continued her fight with cancer through her freshman year while playing collegiate softball and taking on a full academic load. She was named to the SEC Academic Honor Roll in the spring.
In the midst of chemotherapy treatments, Wilcox appeared in eight contests with three starts over her freshman year. She recorded three hits in her 15 at bats, including her first collegiate hit against UMass Lowell in March.
Mississippi State softball rallied around Wilcox throughout the 2018 season with its "No One Fights Alone" campaign as the program wore teal uniforms during midweek contests to spread awareness for ovarian cancer and Wilcox's fight.
The campaign sparked fire as teams across the Southeastern Conference and the country rallied around Wilcox by wearing teal and sending messages of love and support.
"Alex Wilcox will always be remembered by her smile," MSU softball head coach Vann Stuedeman said. "The bravest, most courageous young lady I have ever known went through the toughest battle with a smile on her face every day. 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. The Mississippi State softball family will strive to humbly honor her warrior mentality and faith-filled heart. She will be forever missed."
"Tonight with heavy hearts we are saddened by the loss of one of our very own in Alex Wilcox," MSU Director of Athletics John Cohen said. "Alex always had a smile on her face and a positive attitude. Her inspirational battle taught us that indeed no one fights alone. We will never forget her presence in the dugout, in the classroom and in the community. Our thoughts and prayers are with Alex, her family, her teammates, her friends and her Mississippi State family."
Ashley Kilcrease, the athletics director at Brantley, said Wilcox was really amazing.
Wilcox was 18.
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