Mesa’s Teixeira diagnosed with acute myeloid leukemia

Colorado Mesa baseball player Ryan Teixeira has been diagnosed with acute myeloid leukemia, his family said Thursday.

Teixeira, who started feeling ill a couple of weeks ago and was admitted to St. Mary’s Hospital, was flown Tuesday to the UCLA Medical Center, where he was treated in 2015 for Ewing’s sarcoma, a rare form of cancer.

Teixeira’s family issued the following statement Thursday after their son was diagnosed:

“Ryan is currently under the care of doctors at UCLA Medical Center in California.  He has just been diagnosed with AML, a rare form of leukemia, caused by one of the cancer drugs used to treat Ewing’s sarcoma, which Ryan was treated for in 2015. It is treatable, but much caution must be taken because doctors maxed out one class of drugs the first time around. Ryan is staying positive and looking forward to returning to baseball with his Maverick family! Ryan’s family is asking for your prayers as they continue to put their faith, hope and trust in their God and Savior. You may follow Ryan’s progress online at http://www.caringbridge.org.”

Acute myeloid leukemia occurs when the bone marrow makes cells that do not develop into white blood cells, according to Cancer Treatment Centers of America’s website, and the body is unable to ward off infections.

Treatment can include chemotherapy, radiation, stem cell transplant and immunotherapy, according to the website.

Teixeira joined CMU’s baseball team last January after being treated for cancer, which included surgery to remove a 9-pound tumor from the adductor muscle in his right leg, plus chemotherapy and radiation.

He redshirted last spring to regain his strength, and was eager to be on the field this season.

CMU baseball coach Chris Hanks was hoping Teixeira was just run down from the Mavericks’ whirlwind trip to the Little League World Series, followed by the start of practice, and held him out of drills because he wasn’t feeling well.

“We’re here to support in any way we can,” Hanks said Thursday after receiving the news. “We’ll offer support and lend it when they need it. Our attitude is we’re here at their beck and call, anything we can do to encourage, inspire and comfort Ryan and his family is what we’re going to do.”

Hanks planned to meet with the Mavericks on Thursday afternoon to discuss Teixeira’s diagnosis and how they can help the family.

“This puts things in perspective about any of us who think we’re having a difficult day at any point in time,” Hanks said.

Despite the severity of the diagnosis, Hanks said Teixeira and his family will again lean on their faith.

“He’s got the best doctors and best attitude, best family,” Hanks said. “So he’s got a lot of positive things. It’s going to be difficult. We’re going to hope and pray for the best and be there to support him every bit of the way.”


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