17-Year-Old Aaron Wilson, 4-Star College Football Recruit, Tragically Dies From Cancer

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Four-star defensive end recruit Aaron Wilson has tragically lost his life to cancer. He was only 17-years-old.

Rasheda Mayse, his mother, stated about a month ago that her son had been diagnosed with a “a high grade midline glioma” and was fighting for his life. Wilson underwent brain surgery to remove the mass and he was receiving chemotherapy and radiation.

Per the GoFundMe:

“How much of a difference a year makes. In the years leading up to 2020 my son Aaron Wilson by everyone’s standards would be considered a champion. He excelled academically in the classroom, often bringing home a 4.0 in his studies. He is 17 years old going into his senior year in high school. He also excelled on the football field, being an All American athlete and ranked number 4 defensive player in the nation. As we fast forward to today Aaron has developed a high grade midline glioma. He is in a battle for his life. He has had brain surgery to remove some of the mass. In addition to chemotherapy and radiation. He is currently undergoing radiation on his spine due to the mass managing to spread.

However, despite all of this Aaron has remained the champion that we know he is. He has not complained about his condition one time, but wants to do whatever it takes to get healed. He is convinced his healing is on the way. Despite his medical condition Aaron has managed to maintain his sense of humor. He shows humility each day. He has a strong faith in God and his favorite thing to say is, “I have magnificent faith!” Anyone who meets Aaron will tell you that he is one of the nicest and most humble kids you will ever meet. We are optimistic about other treatment options and want to explore other options, even those outside of the United States. We can all relate to healthcare being expensive.

We will use the funds to take care of his medical expenses, miscellaneous costs, and medical equipment in order to have a fighting chance. We will also need to transport him, which is a major expense in itself. We are in this for the long haul and would like for you to help us to fight this fight. We know he will receive the victory and come out a winner like he always has. He is prepared to fight and he is ready to receive the victory that we know is possible. Our next steps for him would be to get his strength back and to work on reducing the tumor size through other modes of treatment. Aaron’s faith is strong and he just wants to get better. We would greatly appreciate your help. No amount is too small.”

Unfortunately, his life couldn’t be saved.

The 6-foot-2, 235-pound Wilson was the No. 4 player in Maryland and the 108th-ranked recruit nationally, according to 247Sports’ Composite Rankings.

He is said to have held nearly 20 scholarship offers at the time of his death and was called a “multi-year starter at Top 10 program with NFL first-round draft potential.”

Prayers to his family.