College baseball player Ryan Teixeira, who has been battling acute myeloid leukemia (AML), passed away this week. Ryan garnered national news when sports athlete Tim Tebow
joined thousands of others posting their support for Ryan on his Facebook page.
Ryan also received uplifting messages and visits from other baseball stars, such as Los Angeles Dodgers' manager Dave Roberts, infielder Justin Turner, and first baseman Adrian Gonzalez.
Ryan, a young baseball player himself, received a full scholarship to play at Colorado Mesa University while he was undergoing treatments for his AML.
These messages helped Ryan during his 6 month ordeal.
About Acute Myeloid Leukemia (AML)
AML arises from the myeloid cells that serve as precursors to other types of blood cells. These cancer cells originate in the bone marrow and quickly spread through the bloodstream. The cancer cells crowd out normal blood cell cells, leading to reduced number of red blood cells, white blood cells, and platelets. This causes symptoms like fatigue, increased risk of infection, and bleeding.
Without treatment, the aggressive cancer progresses rapidly. Many patients receive intensive chemotherapy to kill the cancerous blood cells and a later stem cell transplant from a donor.