First She Defeated Cancer. Then She Become a Professional Wakeboarder.
Overcoming leukemia is an incredible feat in itself. And yet, for Alexa Score, who was diagnosed at age 16, getting healthy was only the beginning. Fighting cancer helped convince Alexa that she could—and should—set ambitious goals, go after them, and celebrate both failure and accomplishment as parts of a fulfilling life.
"Everything that I've been through has taught me the value of perseverance, hard work, setting goals... It's taught me what I'm capable of doing," she explains.
Alexa took her renewed sense of potential and ran with it. Well, it may be more accurate to say she rode the wave, because soon after she beat cancer, Alexa decided to take on a new challenge: she moved to Orlando to pursue her dream of becoming a professional wakeboarder.
Pursuing a career in wakeboarding is one of the first big goals that Alexa decided to go after once she got healthy again, but it's definitely not the last. "I haven't gone skydiving yet!" she shares.
While her bucket list may include extreme sports, moving forward for Alexa means finding balance. When asked how she plans to live life to the fullest, this survivor surprised us a bit: "Slowing down," she says, is a big part of her plan. "Spending time with the people that you care about and doing the things that you love; that's how I live life to the fullest."
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