If you ask about Alex Treviño to those who knew him best, one word you’ll hear often is happy.
“If you see all his pictures, you see his smile,” said Madai Treviño, Alex’s mother. “All the pictures I have of him he would give a smile.”
His love for life may have only been matched by his love for his favorite sport. While he was a student at New Tech Odessa, Alex competed as a Permian Panther.
“Looking at that, he was happy,” said Zach Robinson, a senior captain for Permian. “He wanted to impact others in a positive way. Seeing that, like I said, I’ll never forget that.”
“He had a passion for it. He loved golf,” said Doak Huddleston, head coach for the Permian boys golf team. “When you love and have a passion for anything, you’re going to be good at it.
That passion for the game helped to fuel his fighting spirit after receiving a shocking diagnosis.
“He would be feeling so bad,” said Madai. “He had really bad moments moments, but he would go, ‘I’m going to keep going.'”
Before his 15th birthday, Alex was diagnosed with Ewing’s sarcoma – one of the rarest forms of childhood cancers. Only about 200 news cases are diagnosed each year in the United States.
Alex won his first fight with the disease, but the cancer later relapsed. After another lengthy battle and several rounds of treatment, Alex died on April 23rd. He was 16 years old.
One of the highlights of his life happened at last year’s Valero Texas Open. Alex was treated to a VIP experience through the Make-A-Wish Foundation. While players were completing their practice rounds, Alex was tag along with his favorite golfer – Jordan Spieth.
“He was on the green. Jordan let him hit a putt,” Huddleston recalled. “He nails about a 15-footer first try. Jordan looks at him and starts laughing. I started laughing too. Jordan had been missing some putts in tournaments. Alex steps up and hits that 15-footer right there in the heart. That was a good moment. That was a good moment for Alex.”
As part of that VIP experience, Alex also became an official golfer for Titleist – one of the most recognizable brands on the PGA Tour. With that, he received his own bag along with a set of clubs – just like the pros.
When representatives from Titleist asked Alex if he would like anything inscribed on his sand wedge, he asked for a cancer ribbon to signify his battle. Along with that, “X2” was etched onto the club. Alex made the request because, in his words, he had already beaten cancer once… and he was going to do it again.
Though Alex no longer can directly affect lives in person, his memory always will.
“I’m going to remember his smile and his attitude and how he just kept going,” said Huddleston.
“All the love he gave me – it was so much,” said Madai. “He would love to cuddle. He would give so much love.”
While Alex received so much support, his mother says his faith gave him more comfort than anything else.
“I would always tell him, ‘Who loves you Papi?’ He would tell me, ‘God. God loves me,'” said Madai, as she pointed to the sky. “He always recognized God gave him all the strength he had.
The Treviño asked to give a special thanks to the following individuals who supported Alex through his journey:
- Deborah Resendez (Alex’s nurse)
- Wilfrido and Cecilia Ruiz (Alex’s grandparent’s)
- Rachel and Fernando Mermea
- Gabriel and Lucy Chavez (Alex’s pastors)
- David and Lori Nelson
- All those who loved and supported him