Leaving Everything on the Field

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Posted Thu, Oct 24, 2013

Aubree Maul, one of the leading pitchers at Metro State University of Denver, has accomplished many things including beating out cancer.

Four-time Conference Pitcher of the week, Aubree Maul is one of the leading pitchers at Metro State University of Denver. Maul has accomplished many things — including beating cancer. [Photo Courtesy of Metro State Athletics]

 DENVER, Auraria Campus — When most people are struck with a life changing illness, they simply step back, and realize they were living life all wrong. When Aubree Maul found out she had Ovarian Cancer, she was exactly where she needed to be, on the mound pitching for the Roadrunners.

Aubree Maul is one of the leading pitchers at Metro State University of Denver, and has accomplished many things besides beating out cancer.

Aubree has been named Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference Pitcher of the Week four times. In 2012 she was named to the first team all-RMAC and Daktronics second team all-region and has also received six different academic awards. Not to mention going into Aubree’s senior year, she was seen as a leader on and off the field.

“I knew that I wanted to make my senior season the absolute best, and I had gone through the fall feeling great, so I had high expectations for the team and for myself,” Aubree says. “I wanted to go make sure I left everything on the field, but unfortunately I only got to play a few games last season.”

In February of 2013, Aubree started feeling sick and had pain in her lower abdomen. The pain got so bad that she was forced to go to the hospital where she found that she had an ovarian cyst and would have to go into surgery to get it removed. When Aubree got out of surgery her doctor informed her that she had Ovarian Cancer.

“It was pretty hard to believe,” said Alyssa Ramirez, Maul’s former teammate. “We were at practice when we found out. I know we were all waiting to hear what was going on, but never expected that to be the outcome. Once coach told us, it was complete silence and no one knew what to say.”

Aubree was now in a unique position that she had never been in before. The Metro State star was now sitting on the bench watching her team.

“At first it was really hard to sit there and not be on the field helping my team,” Aubree says. “But once I started going through chemo, it was just helpful being there with the team and it was a place to get away from all the other stuff.”

In 2012 Aubree Maul was named to the first team all-RMAC and Daktronics second team all-region and has also received six different academic awards.

In 2012 Aubree Maul was named to the first team all-RMAC and Daktronics second team all-region and has also received six different academic awards. [Photo Courtesy of Metro State Athletics]

Even throughout the recovery process, Aubree has always had in the back of her mind that she would soon return to the sport she missed.

“I always knew I would make my way back,” Aubree says. “That is one thing I knew I had to do.”

Aubree has since completed her last round of chemo and has finally gotten back to where she truly belongs. The support of her family, friends, team and the people around her show the influence that she has had as a person.

“My team helped me so much and they always had a way of making me feel better. The support from other RMAC teams were unbelievable too,” Aubree says. “Almost all the teams were wearing teal ribbons in support and that just let me know that everyone was fighting with me.”

The recovery process is a continuous and ongoing battle that Aubree now competes with. She not only has to deal with the recovery from chemo, but also from going from a very active student-athlete, to a player that was forced to sit for all of spring. Every day is a new day and Aubree Maul continues to take in the opportunities and challenges she faces. She was able to receive a medical redshirt for the 2013 season and looks forward to her team having success in her upcoming senior season.

“For the team, I think we can make it far into post season. So I expect us to be there. And for myself, just to leave it all out on the field and have a great senior year.”

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Marie Ipock is a Denver-area freelance writer.

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3 Responses to “Leaving Everything on the Field”

  1. Ashley Hattle Says:

    This is a very heartbreaking yet inspirational story. Great job!

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  2. Anthony Rodriguez
    Anthony Rodriguez Says:

    Great story, Marie.
    Really enjoyed reading it.

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  3. Ken Minifield Says:

    I have been her trainer for 5 years, she started back training with me, to get ready for the 2013/2014 season, if you want to see what we do to get ready for the season, fill free to come to one of our training sessions. Thanks Ken Minifield

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