Teammates Shave Their Heads To Support Girl With Leukemia
The players for Cleveland Indians baseball team have come together to support their fellow teammate's daughter who is battling Leukemia. Mike Aviles, the dad of 4-year-old Adriana and an infielder for the team, was overwhelmed by the support his team has given him and his family.
Adriana is being treated at the Cleveland Clinic after being diagnosed with Leukemia earlier this month. Aviles missed eight games to be with his family and was reunited with his team on May 18.
"It's a team thing,'' Indians second baseman Jason Kipnis said. "It started kind of with Mike Aviles' daughter, for her, what she's going through. She's going to, unfortunately, be losing her hair soon here to chemo and so we all kind of wanted to join in, and it started with a couple and then spread throughout the whole clubhouse. It wasn't all in one day, just periodically, more guys were getting in on it and going through that."
Aviles also shaved his head to support his daughter and said that he appreciates his team for what they've done.
"It means a lot for me," Aviles told said. "It shows I'm kind of liked, or my daughter is, anyway. In all honesty, it's kind of cool when you have your whole team on your side. It goes without saying, everybody in here has families and they know how it is. It's a tough time, but to know that my team, the coaching staff, everybody, is on my family's side and my little girl's side, it helps out a lot and makes me feel good."