Former WKU volleyball star Alyssa Cavanaugh is finally headed home after being treated for Leukemia.
Leslie Cavanaugh, Alyssa’s mother, made the announcement via Twitter on Friday. The tweet included a list of things that had happened before they left including “goodbye hugs from medical staff.”
Cavanaugh announced she was diagnosed with Leukemia in September 2018 via Twitter. After her announcement, she received support from many members of the WKU community and the national volleyball community.
Former student-athlete @cavanaugh7 led @WKUVolleyball to 123 wins during her illustrious time on campus.Now, the entire @NCAAVolleyball community stands behind her as she aims for No. 124— a victory over cancer: https://t.co/c9veu9MT9b pic.twitter.com/BCxdOArrRa— NCAA (@NCAA) September 10, 2018
Incredibly moving gesture by @NIUVOLLEYBALL to wear orange ribbons - the color associated with Alyssa Cavanaugh's type of Leukemia - in their match against @WKUVolleyball, Alyssa's former team! #NCAAVB #Win124 pic.twitter.com/yzoLO3GtVH— NCAA Volleyball (@NCAAVolleyball) September 16, 2018
The Blue Raiders showed their support for @cavanaugh7 and her fight against cancer with orange leukemia ribbons on their shoes in tonight’s match versus WKU. Continue to fight strong Alyssa! 💕#BlueRaiders #TheCUSAWay pic.twitter.com/z7BP2THZJz— MT Volleyball (@MT_Volleyball) September 22, 2018
🚨ATTENTION 🚨Our fight this weekend goes beyond the court as we team up with Be the Match to help @cavanaugh7 find a bone marrow donor. Friday's match will feature a registry drive in hopes of finding Alyssa’s match. To join:📲 Cure36 to 61474 💻https://t.co/a56vmDZJvA pic.twitter.com/qZGWO7rN5l— Purdue Volleyball (@PurdueVB) November 14, 2018
WKU hosted a bone marrow donor registry event in November 2018 in order to find a donor for Cavanaugh. This event gave those who wanted to help an opportunity to do what they could.
In January 2019, it was announced via Twitter by Cavanaugh’s mother Leslie that a donor had been found. Cavanaugh’s father, Eric, was an ideal donor.
A little unprepared for answering questions regarding Alyssa’s donor. 100% positive her dad wasn’t expecting this. getting tons of texts, hope this sheds some light on what transpired #win124 #ibelieveinalyssacavanaugh pic.twitter.com/AeyYgLOsqX— Leslie Cavanaugh (@lcavanaugh922) January 15, 2019
Cavanaugh went into remission late in January, and she had her bone marrow transplant on Feb. 19.
BONE MARROW TRANSPLANT DAY😋— Alyssa Cavanaugh (@cavanaugh7) February 19, 2019
While at WKU, Cavanaugh was named the Conference USA Freshman of the Year in 2014, a First-Team All-Conference member in 2015, the C-USA Player of the Year in 2016 and the C-USA Female Athlete of the Year in 2017. The Lady Toppers won the C-USA Tournament in each of her four seasons on the Hill.
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