According to the American Cancer Society, an estimated 22,240 women will be diagnosed with a new case of ovarian cancer in 2018. In the United States, ovarian cancer is the 5th leading cause of cancer deaths in America. The American Cancer Society estimates that approximately 14,070 women will die of the disease this year.
The Mississippi State softball team is honoring those fighting ovarian cancer, including a freshman playing in Starkville. During every midweek game that Mississippi State will play through the year, the Bulldogs will wear teal uniforms to continue to raise awareness for the disease.
Though the Bulldogs have worn teal uniforms in the past, there’s no doubt that this one might have a bit more of a personal feel. That aforementioned freshman is Alex Wilcox and she’s been battling ovarian cancer since her diagnosis with the disease back in her junior year of high school.
From Mississippi State’s official press release:
In additional to the uniforms, the Bulldogs will honor others locally and regionally that are battling ovarian cancer by recording special messages of encouragement that will be sent to patients over the state and will be shared during MSU’s six home midweek contests.
MSU softball has designed special game programs for these selected contests that will allow fans to write down the name of a loved one that is currently battling cancer on the front cover. During the fourth inning, fans will be asked to join the team in a moment of silence and hold up their program guides to show their support to those they fight alongside and show that no one fights alone.
Mississippi State will don these uniforms for the first time this season on Thursday when they face off against the UT Martin Skyhawks.