New England Defender Kevin Alston Takes Leave Of Absence

New England Defender Kevin Alston Takes Leave Of Absence

  • Posted by Drew Epperley
  • On April 8, 2013
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  • Features, Kevin Alston
Kevin Alston will return soon. (Evan Habeeb-USA TODAY Sports)

Kevin Alston will return soon. (Evan Habeeb-USA TODAY Sports)

The New England Revolution announced on Monday that defender Kevin Alston has taken an indefinite leave of absence from the team to undergo treatment for chronic myelogenous leukemia (CML), a rare but treatable form of leukemia.

Alston’s medical treatment is not expected to require hospitalization and he expects to return to the team in the future, however, he and his family have requested privacy while he undergoes treatment.

“The Revolution fully supports Kevin as he begins treatment,” Revolution general manager Michael Burns said in a statement. “Right now, the most important thing for Kevin, and his family, is to concentrate on returning to full health. Kevin’s had a tremendous attitude since the diagnosis and his positivity is an inspiration for all of us.”

The key in all of this is that this is treatable. Just reading up on CML and the reports sound positive that Alston will come away from this and be able to live a normal productive life.

More information about CML can be found at the National CML Society’s site. Major strides in research and treatment of CML have been made in recent years.

Fans wishing to send Alston get-well messages and thoughts can email GetWellKevinAlston@gmail.com or tag tweets with #GetWellKA.

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