WKU Volleyball coach willing to pay semester tuition for bone marrow donor

Published: Nov. 13, 2018 at 8:19 PM CST
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It's a desperate plea from a man desperate to find an answer for a former player.

"If any student on this campus ends up being Alyssa's match, I'm going to pick up a semesters tuition for them," said WKU Volleyball coach Travis Hudson.

Hudson's former player, a 2017 graduate of WKU and four-time All-American, Alyssa Cavanaugh, was diagnosed with Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia (ALL) on Sept. 5, 2018.

Coach Hudson is now offering any WKU student a semester's worth of tuition to sign up for a bone marrow transplant and go through the process if matched.

"I started thinking that there's 19 or 20,000 students that are the perfect age range that could potentially end up being someone who could be the difference and save her life," Hudson said about why he made this decision.

A former player, Cavanaugh, who received a life changing diagnosis is now having to battle something much bigger than volleyball while a coach dedicated to his players, both past and present, is doing everything he can to help save her life, and others too.

"I don't coach for wins and losses, I don't coach for getting my name in the paper, and different championships, I'm not in to it for that," Hudson said. "I'm in to it because I wanted to help young people."

As Hudson leads his fabled Hilltopper Volleyball dynasty for matches to come, the match that's on his mind is one for Alyssa.

"I wanted to find a way to impact all the students and entice all the students to take five minutes out of their life and get registered and see if, hopefully, we can find the match," Hudson said.

The season goes on and Hudson wants to win every time he steps foot on the floor, but what's more important is the lives he gets to impact. Helping find a way to save a former player's life is just one of the many ways he hopes to help.

"When a kid comes to play, they're part of this for the rest of my life, and this is just an opportunity in front of us to help one of our own,"


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