The PBA’s Iron Man will face the biggest challenge of his life.
Barangay Ginebra San Miguel point guard LA Tenorio announced that he has been diagnosed with Stage 3 colon cancer.
Tenorio made the statement through the PBA website, explaining why he has been absent with the team.
“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,” said Tenorio.
The Ateneo de Manila University Blue Eagles alum was earlier sent to the injury list as he needed to undergo surgery to treat his aggravated sports hernia, Ginebra previously said.
Tenorio played a PBA-record 744 consecutive games prior to missing the rest of the Governors’ Cup campaign.
“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,” said Tenorio.
Nonetheless, Tenorio said he is keeping his faith in God and reiterated that he is not retiring from the PBA.
“I am lifting everything to God now and I believe there is a higher purpose as I go through this part of my life,” said Tenorio. “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.”