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FGCU baseball’s Jackson Woodward beats cancer twice to return to the diamond

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Jackson Woodward Beats Cancer Twice to Return to the Diamond

When it comes to sports, there are few things more inspiring than a comeback. One player who embodies this spirit of resilience is Jackson Woodward, a baseball player at Florida Gulf Coast University who has battled cancer not once, but twice, and has still managed to return to the game he loves.

A Promising Start

Woodward’s love for baseball began at a young age. Growing up in Georgia, he played on teams throughout his childhood and high school years. By the time he graduated, he had a strong resume, with multiple accolades and a scholarship to play for FGCU. It was clear that he had a bright future ahead of him, both on and off the field.

The First Diagnosis

Unfortunately, Woodward’s path took an unexpected turn when he was diagnosed with stage two testicular cancer during his sophomore year of college. It was a shocking blow, but he was determined to fight it. After undergoing surgery, he embarked on three rounds of chemotherapy.

The next few months were tough, as Woodward had to put his baseball career on hold while he focused on his treatment. But he was determined to bounce back. “It was always in my mind that I wanted to play again,” he told reporters in an interview.

A Rocky Road to Recovery

Woodward’s determination paid off when he was able to return to the field his junior year. Despite the toll that his cancer treatment had taken on his body, he was able to get back into shape and contribute to the team’s success. He even hit a home run in his first game back.

But just when things seemed to be turning around for Woodward, he received another devastating blow. In the fall of 2018, he was once again diagnosed with cancer, this time in his lymph nodes. It was a cruel twist of fate, and one that could’ve easily broken his spirit.

The Second Battle

But Woodward refused to let cancer defeat him. He underwent surgery and resumed chemotherapy, determined to beat the disease once again. This time around, he had a solid support system in his teammates and coaches, who rallied around him during his treatment and recovery.

It was a long road, but Woodward emerged victorious once again. After months of hard work and dedication, he was cleared to play again this season. In February 2020, he made his triumphant return to the field, earning a standing ovation from the crowd.

A True Inspiration

Woodward’s story is one of resilience and perseverance, of never giving up even in the face of the toughest challenges. His journey has been a true inspiration to his teammates, who have seen firsthand the strength and determination it takes to overcome such obstacles.

“From the moment he was diagnosed, he never wallowed in self-pity or succumbed to negativity,” said FGCU head coach Dave Tollett. “Instead, he attacked cancer head-on, with the same tenacity and grit that he brings to the baseball field every day.”

A Bright Future

As for Woodward, he is eager to continue playing the sport he loves. “I really just want to enjoy every day out there,” he said. “I know how quickly it can be taken away.”

He hopes that his story will inspire others facing similar challenges to never give up on their dreams. “Cancer may be a setback, but it doesn’t have to be a career-ender,” he said. “Don’t let it define you.”


Jackson Woodward’s story is a powerful reminder of the strength of the human spirit. Despite all of the challenges he has faced, he has emerged stronger and more determined than ever. His journey serves as an inspiration not just to his teammates and coaches, but to anyone facing difficult times. With his unwavering resilience and positive attitude, Woodward has proven that anything is possible if you never give up.


Written By

Avi Adkins is a seasoned journalist with a passion for storytelling and a keen eye for detail. With years of experience in the field, Adkins has established himself as a respected figure in journalism.

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