Meet 2 Teen Soccer Teammates Diagnosed With Cancer Just Months Apart | Megyn Kelly TODAY

Meet 2 Teen Soccer Teammates Diagnosed With Cancer Just Months Apart | Megyn Kelly TODAY


[ APPLAUSE ]>>>WE’RE LAUNCHING A NEW SERIES TODAY, “HEALTHY LIVING,” CELEBRATING MEN AND WOMEN WHO DO AMAZING THINGS. THIS MORNING, TWO TEENAGERS WHO HAVE MADE HEALTH A PRIORITY IN THEIR LIVES. IMAGINE BEING ON THE SOCCER FIELD AND GETTING NEWS THAT STOPS YOU IN YOUR TRACKS. IT HAPPENED TO NOT JUST ONE, BUT TWO BOYS, ON THE SAME SOCCER TEAM, REDEFINING THE WORD TEAMMATE. WATCH. ALEX AND LUKE WERE ORDINARY HIGH SCHOOL KIDS. FRIENDS, AVID SOCCER PLAYERS ON THE SAME TRAVEL TEAM.>>I WAS PLAYING SOCCER FOUR OR FIVE NIGHTS A WEEK. WORKING OUT AT CROSSFIT, LIVING A NORMAL LIFE.>>I’M REALLY COMPETITIVE ON THE FIELD. I DON’T LET ANYONE GET IN MY HEAD. AND I JUST PLAY MY GAME.>>Reporter: ALL THAT CHANGED IN AN INSTANT IN AUGUST OF 2016, WHEN ALEX WAS DIAGNOSED WITH LEUKEMIA.>>AT THAT POINT, YOU REALLY DON’T KNOW WHAT TO THINK. THERE’S SO MANY THINGS GOING THROUGH YOUR HEAD. YOU’RE SORT OF TRYING TO NOT LOOK AT THE NEGATIVES AND JUST TRY TO FIGURE OUT WHAT YOUR LIFE IS GOING TO BE LIKE NOW.>>I WAS PRETTY MUCH IN A STATE OF SHOCK.>>YEAH. IT WAS TOUGH BECAUSE I FOUND OUT OVER THE PHONE. YOU KNOW?>>TAKE YOUR TIME.>>JUST AS ALEX STARTED HIS TREATMENT, LUKE RECEIVED HIS OWN DIAGNOSIS, TESTICULAR CANCER.>>IT WAS DISBELIEF. I’M LOOKING AT HIM ALSO HEARING IT. AND HE WAS WATCHING A BASKETBALL GAME. AND YOU SEE HIM JUST STARING AT THE GAME. AND YOU SEE HIS EYES KIND OF GLASS OVER. IT WAS VERY DIFFICULT FOR HIM TO PROCESS.>>IT WAS JUST SHOCK. I WAS — I WAS SCARED AT FIRST.>>BOTH PLAYERS HAD TO GIVE UP THE GAME WHILE UNDERGOING CANCER TREATMENT. OFF THE FIELD, THEY SHARED AN EVEN DEEPER BOND.>>IT WAS GOING TO BE NOT EASY BUT EASIER TO GET THROUGH IT. IT HELPED ME A LOT WATCHING HIM, BE STRONG AND GO THROUGH IT.>>HAVING SOMEBODY WHO KNOWS WHAT YOU’RE GOING THROUGH AND RELATES TO DEFINITELY WAS — BROUGHT US CLOSER.>>Reporter: LUKE UNDERWENT EMERGENCY SURGERY, FOLLOWED BY INTENSIVE ROUNDS OF CHEMOTHERAPY. ALEX WAS RIGHT THERE WITH HIM.>>ACROSS THE HOSPITAL, WE COULD SEE EACH OTHER THROUGH THE WINDOWS. AND EVERYONE WAS WAVING TO HIM AND SAYING HI.>>Reporter: THIS PAST JULY, LUKE WAS DECLARED CANCER-FREE. BUT ALEX’S BATTLE WAS FAR FROM OVER. ROUGHLY 80% OF ALEX’S BLOOD WAS AFFECTED WE THE LEUKEMIA. DOCTORS SAID HE NEEDED A BONE MARROW TRANSPLANT.>>I WANTED TO GO AND SEE HIM.>>Reporter: THE TRANSPLANT WAS A SUCCESS. AND WITH A NEW LEASE ON LIFE, ALEX HAD ONE MORE GOAL. TO MAKE IT BACK TO THE SOCCER FIELD.>>I GOT BACK PROBABLY CAPTAIN’S PRACTICES IN JUNE. I HOPPED IN THAT. AND THEY SAID, YOU SHOULD COME BACK AND PLAY. COACH HEARD THAT. AND FROM THERE ON, I STARTED PLAYING AGAIN AND GOT BACK INTO IT.>>Reporter: NOT ONLY DID HE RETAIN HIS STARTING GOALIE POSITION, HE TOOK THE FIELD WITH A FAMILIAR FACE. FOR BOTH BOYS, IT HAS TAUGHT THEM TO THINK ABOUT LIFE BEYOND THE FIELD.>>I’M NOT LOOKING TO PLAY COLLEGE SOCCER. BUT THIS SITUATION HAS MADE ME CHANGE CAREERS. I’M GOING FOR NURSING, HOPEFULLY, TO HELP GOING TO THE SAME FIELD THAT I KNOW A LOT ABOUT NOW. SO, JUST TRYING TO GIVE BACK TO OTHERS.>>IT PROVED TO ME HOW IMPORTANT FAMILY AND FRIENDS ARE. AND I DON’T KNOW WHAT I WOULD HAVE DONE WITHOUT HIM.>>THE AUDIENCE IS WIPING AWAY TEARS AND I AM WIPING AWAY TEARS. AND LUKE AND ALEX ARE HERE WITH US. WHEN WE COME BACK, WE’LL HEAR

Antonio Breitenberg

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19 thoughts on “Meet 2 Teen Soccer Teammates Diagnosed With Cancer Just Months Apart | Megyn Kelly TODAY

  1. thanks 2 u gurl says:

    They had this huge campaign in Germany where a ton of people got registered. So nice that even people in America could benefit from that.

  2. BulldogMFGLLC says:

    https://blog.oup.com/2017/01/artificial-turf-cancer-risk/

  3. Sam195 says:

    They didn't talk about any of the syptoms. Felt like it was a good opportunity to do so since most 17 year olds I know just brush them off till they end up in a hospital. Also the Doctor used the word cure instead of remission – there is unfortunately no straightforward cure for any type of cancer to my knowledge.

  4. Liev EDP says:

    Luke Piazza is Cristiano fiiiine.

  5. Cait S says:

    There is probably something that causes cancer environmentally in the area they live in.

  6. Sofia Alonso says:

    Why didn’t she ask the other boy about prom

  7. John JohnG says:

    Random, Doctor? Cancer is not random. Childhood cancers not thought to be environmental??? Seriously? Then where does cancer come from? Are the soccer fields sprayed with chemicals? There were reports in the news some time ago with young girls getting cancer from the chemicals on the artificial turf on soccer fields. Is this a coincidence? Hmm…. We have to stop being in denial and start living in the truth that we are exposed (on a daily basis) to toxic chemicals that cause cancer. Chemical exposures CAN and DO cause cancer. Best of luck to both of you boys. Many people who have chemical exposures do develop cancer or autoimmune disease. Everyone is different according to their genetics. Eat organic diet and eliminate sugar because sugar feeds tumors. STOP giving cancer patients ice cream and sugar as a reward for finishing their chemo treatment. Btw, Laundry products, fabric softeners…according to the EPA, have at least 4 carcinogens in them. We have to get this toxic stuff out of our homes, and off of our bodies now. DONT let media influence you. We need to stop buying cancer causing products for our homes and fight to have better protection against chemicals in our society. And ENOUGH with telling people that pesticides are safe just because they are registered. This means nothing!

  8. Miranda Semedo says:

    Football

  9. Minien says:

    Rest In Peace

  10. Kai Stockman says:

    Environmental causes I bet. Even though they said no. So many more people with cancer nowadays.

  11. _R_ _S_ says:

    I really did not expect to like this show but I love her reporting style. Great topics!

  12. Rachel Gee says:

    They are very lucky to have families who helped them.
    When I was 18 I was diagnosed with some terrible illnesses and had to drop out of high school in grade 11 and my parents did not beleive me- even though I had to spend a month in the hospital and then go to the hospital every second day for 4 hours of treatment.
    My dad was older and ill himself, so never came to see me in the hospital and my mother was not around.
    Now 20 years later, I still have to go to the hospital every second day for 4 hours of medical treatment for the rest of my life.
    I should probably write a book about my story.

  13. llw53one says:

    I appreciate this segment. I do wish they mentioned some of the symptoms just to educate a little.

  14. Lovely Lala says:

    🙏🏼 Beautiful story – Ending !!!!! I Pray for health n a Firm foundation for these young men !!

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  16. Shana Tinnin says:

    Wonder if there's a link to all the girls that cheered and played soccer in NY, they all started seizing.

  17. Phenom AL says:

    What pushes the living to do what the living do & I really mean that! Could it be for power, money,fame,respect the end crowd,hate, jealousy or just for fun?

  18. Pamela Bergner says:

    ♡what an inspiration

  19. J B says:

    it might be the synthetic soccer field with the little black balls

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