Tenorio announces that he has colon cancer


Barangay Ginebra star playmaker LA Tenorio has announced on Tuesday, March 21, that he has been diagnosed with stage 3 colon cancer.

The official statement, which was posted at the PBA's official website, came as a startling news to die-hard Ginebra fans, who have embraced the league's “Iron Man” for his gutsy, all-out play for the Gin Kings since playing for the franchise in 2013.

“I was recently diagnosed with Stage 3 colon cancer. The initial testing three weeks ago led me to instantly miss practices and games. I have completed my surgery last week and will soon undergo treatment for the next few months,” Tenorio said in an official statement.

The 38-year-old Ginebra sentinel admitted keeping his health status from the public initially but being a public sports figure, he felt there is no way he can keep his health situation a secret for long.

“I would like to issue a statement about my health status by firstly apologizing to my teammates, some coaches, the PBA, the fans, the media and even some friends. As most of you are aware I have been nursing a minor injury since the Finals last January. I used that as the reason for my sudden absence. My sincerest apologies to all,” he said.

“With my profession in sports tied to health and entertainment, it will be very difficult to keep the real reason a secret any longer and will only lead to unnecessary gossips, fake news & misinterpretations.”

The 17-year PBA veteran said despite the difficult battle he is facing, considering the gravity of his health situation, he intends to undergo treatment and will come back and play the game he loves, once he fully recovers and gets cleared by doctors.

“I have given not only 17 full years to the PBA, but have dedicated my whole life to basketball. I have committed my body and health for the love of the game. It has been my passion and love. Sadly, there are things beyond one's control. But with my faith, I am lifting everything to God now and I believe there is a higher purpose as I go through this part of my life. I am not yet retiring from the game I love, and with the help of the best doctors in the Philippines and Singapore, I BELIEVE I can touch a basketball once more and return stronger,” added Tenorio.

He ended his statement by taking the time to thank San Miguel Corp. owner Ramon S. Ang and SMC sports director Alfrancis Chua for their undying support.

Tenorio also asked everyone's respect to allow him and his family “to go through this journey privately and discreetly as much as possible.”

“Together with my family and loved ones, you are all my strength, inspiration and what drives me to be the best person I can ever be, physically, mentally, and spiritually. I will see everyone very, very soon,” he said.

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