Ginebra San Miguel point guard LA Tenorio announced on Tuesday that he has Stage 3 colon cancer.
In a statement published on the Philippine Basketball Association website, Tenorio, who has not played since the Commissioner’s Cup Finals last January, when the Gin Kings stunned the visiting Bay Area Dragons for the PBA title, said “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.”
He added: “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.”
Tenorio is undergoing treatment right now and is hopeful of a comeback in the future.
“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,” Tenorio said.
Tenorio said he had no choice but to make public his health condition.
“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.
“With my profession in sports tied in 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.
Tenorio finished his statement by saying, “Lastly, to all, as much as I greatly appreciate everyone’s well-wishes and messages of support and prayers—for my children’s well-being, in this social media and internet era, I am humbly asking everyone’s respect for my 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.”