Alexa Score has been wakeboarding for a long time. The twenty-one year old Minnesotan who currently resides in Orlando, Florida is ranked ninth in the world in wakeboarding and is constantly winning competitions. With stats like that you would be hard-pressed to believe that she is in the second of three phases of remission and has been combating leukemia for the past five years.
At the age of sixteen, Alexa Score was suffering from pain in her bones. It was after seeing the doctor in Minnesota that she was diagnosed with leukemia. She saw her entire world change spending days at home sick and in bed, too ill to leave, and she was sleeping eighteen hours a day. She was too weak and too in pain to be active and her moral was low. No longer could she spend the summers on the lakes practicing her latest tricks while wakeboarding. But she decided to not let her ailment stop her from living her dream. As she started to fight her cancer battle she decided to graduate early and move to Orlando where she could start living the life she wanted to lead. This past year, Score competed in the women’s wakeboarding division pro tour and on many days she can be seen practicing along Clear Lake in Orlando where she has claims, “I’m so thankful for friends and family and just to be here on this water, the sunshine…I’m happy to be alive!
Recently teaming up with her favorite charity, The LIVESTRONG Organization, Score hosted a fundraiser for LIVESTRONG on December 1st. LIVESTRONG, which represents staying positive and staying tough through difficult times was originally founded by fellow cancer survivor and professional athlete Lance Armstrong. Alexa Score took to this charity because of its ideals that she emboldens and wanted to help raise money for cancer research.
Alexa Score says that the cancer is still in body and she takes oral chemo every day to fight it. She believes this is a routine she will have to live with for the rest of her life. The fundraiser that Score hosted took place on the fifth anniversary that she was diagnosed.