Newly-acquired Detroit Tigers utility player Mike Aviles starts the 2016 MLB season with some incredible news — his 5-year old daughter is officially cancer-free.
According to Tigers beat writer, Jason Beck, Aviles was “all smiles” with the news that Adriana is now cancer-free and will soon be joining him in Lakeland, Florida, where the Tigers hold their spring training camp.
"Everything's going well with her," Aviles said to MLB.com. "She had a bone-marrow transplant in December. She's recovering and she'll be out here in a couple weeks when she's allowed to fly. She's cancer-free and going forward."
This past May, Adriana, was diagnosed with children’s leukemia. At the time of her diagnosis, Aviles was playing for the Cleveland Indians.
Members of the Cleveland organization, including owner Paul Dolan, general manager Chris Antonetti, manager Terry Francona and several players shaved their heads in support of Adriana, according to MLB.
Cleveland continued to express their support for Adriana as they allowed her and her twin sister to throw out a first pitch before a game in August, with their father playing the role as catcher.
The Indians also decided not to move Aviles before the trade deadline to keep him close to his family while his daughter underwent chemotherapy treatments.
"It was a tough situation, but it worked out good because I didn't get traded," Aviles said. "I was able to stay there and be around for my family."
Aviles’ smile is guaranteed to last for a very long time.