USF softball player and Tampa native Alexis Buchman, who underwent surgery for a brain tumor in September, has been diagnosed with brain cancer, according to the university’s athletic department.
Buchman, a former standout at Alonso and Steinbrenner, started noticing numbness and tingling sensations in her left arm in late July and sought treatment soon afterward.
Following visits to The Stroke Center, an affiliate of USF Health, and Moffitt Cancer Center, to seek diagnosis, she underwent surgery to remove a brain tumor on Sept. 16.
Buchman is undergoing chemotherapy treatments and other prescribed therapies to fight the cancer.
“Knowing how positive and what a fighter Alexis is, it’s easy to join her with vigor as we help her through this Bulls’ Family challenge,” USF softball head coach Ken Eriksen said in a story on the university’s athletics website. “It has been so great to see her outlook every week when she is around us.”
Members of the athletic department and other USF teams will join the softball team in participating in the Miles for Moffitt event, which raises money for cancer research, Nov. 20 at Amalie Arena. The effort behind Buchman has been named “#BucSTRONG.”
A GoFundMe has been created to help the family with its expenses during Buchman’s treatment.
“I want to thank everyone for the kindness and support I have received, not just from USF Athletics and the softball team, but from all of USF’s teams and Bulls Nation as a whole,” Buchman said in the story. “All of the generosity is helping me stay positive and confident during this fight. I’m up for the challenge and I know that I have an amazing support system behind me to help me overcome this ordeal.”
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