MLS- New England Revolution

Alston diagnosed with leukemia, will take leave of absence from Revs

KevinAlston (ISIPhotos.com)

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New England Revolution defender Kevin Alston will take a leave of absence from the team  in order to undergo treatment for leukemia after being diagnosed with chronic myelogenous leukemia (CML).

Alston’s treatment is not expected to require hospitalization. He is expected to return to the Revs in the future.

The 24-year-old Alston was in his fifth season with the Revs, and had settled in as a starting left back after playing at right back for most of his first four seasons with New England.

Alston had started four matches this season for the Revs, and recent surpassed the 10,000 minutes-played mark for New England.

  • Erik

    Sad news for Alston. Hope he has a speedy recovery and returns to the field soon.


  • DCLee

    Thoughts and prayers sent out to Kevin and his family! Hope he beats this and gets back on the field shortly. Definitely puts things into perspective.


  • Mike V.

    Wow. Cancer is a scary thing endure. It will put life into prespective for him but luckily the prognosis for CML is usually good. I’m sure Alston will get top care and be back on the field at some point. My heart goes out to him. The next few months will be tough but I’m sure he’s as hardnosed and determined off the pitch as he is on it.


  • 20

    scary news to hear, I’ve always been a big fan of Kevin and wish him all the best. Hope to see you back in a Revs shirt soon


  • Will

    As a fellow CML patient, I can say with confidence that usually, the prognosis is relatively good. Gleevec advanced the treatment of CML greatly and now, with proper medication, life expectancy and standard of living are relatively normal. Definitely terrible news, but luckily, it should be treatable.


  • Old School

    Really like him as a player but this is bigger than the game of soccer.

    Speedy and long lasting recovery, Kevin.


  • The Imperative Voice

    Scary, had a relative die of leukemia. But it sounds like knowledge and treatment have evolved in the direction of increased survival.


  • Mac

    Great player with a brighter future. Best of luck KA beat this thing so you can come back to the cheers of the fort.


  • Hogatroge

    Well, if you have to have leukemia, CML is the best kind to have because there is a highly effective pharmaceutical treatment for it (2nd generation derivatives of a drug known as Gleevac). Sure, he’ll have to take pills every day for the rest of his life, but after emotionally processing his condition, the outlook is positive.

    Source: friend has CML


  • barnie

    A player i’ve always liked. Have a speedy recovery Kevin, hope to see you back on the field real soon.


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