Cancer claims Brantley’s, MSU’s Wilcox

Published 1:00 am Tuesday, June 26, 2018

Alex Wilcox, the Brantley native whose fight with ovarian cancer put a national spotlight on a naturally shy teenager, died Monday night.

She was 18.

Wilcox was diagnosed with ovarian cancer before her junior season at Brantley in 2016, almost a year before she signed with Mississippi State. She just finished her freshman season with the Bulldogs, where she helped spark a cancer-awareness movement.

Wilcox played in 16 games this season as a freshman at Mississippi State, which honored her and everyone afflicted with ovarian cancer with special weekday jerseys. Opposing schools also supported the cause.

“The bravest, most courageous young lady I have ever known went through the toughest battle with a smile on her face every day,” MSU coach Vann Stuedeman said in a release Monday night.

“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.”