Meet 2 Teen Soccer Teammates Diagnosed With Cancer Just Months Apart | Megyn Kelly TODAY


[ APPLAUSE ]>>>WE’RE LAUNCHING A NEW SERIES TODAY, “HEALTHY LIVING,” CELEBRATING MEN AND WOMEN WHO DO AMAZING THINGS. THIS MORNING, TWO TEENAGERS WHO HAVE MADE HEALTH A PRIORITY IN THEIR LIVES. IMAGINE BEING ON THE SOCCER FIELD AND GETTING NEWS THAT STOPS YOU IN YOUR TRACKS. IT HAPPENED TO NOT JUST ONE, BUT TWO BOYS, ON THE SAME SOCCER TEAM, REDEFINING THE WORD TEAMMATE. WATCH. ALEX AND LUKE WERE ORDINARY HIGH SCHOOL KIDS. FRIENDS, AVID SOCCER PLAYERS ON THE SAME TRAVEL TEAM.>>I WAS PLAYING SOCCER FOUR OR FIVE NIGHTS A WEEK. WORKING OUT AT CROSSFIT, LIVING A NORMAL LIFE.>>I’M REALLY COMPETITIVE ON THE FIELD. I DON’T LET ANYONE GET IN MY HEAD. AND I JUST PLAY MY GAME.>>Reporter: ALL THAT CHANGED IN AN INSTANT IN AUGUST OF 2016, WHEN ALEX WAS DIAGNOSED WITH LEUKEMIA.>>AT THAT POINT, YOU REALLY DON’T KNOW WHAT TO THINK. THERE’S SO MANY THINGS GOING THROUGH YOUR HEAD. YOU’RE SORT OF TRYING TO NOT LOOK AT THE NEGATIVES AND JUST TRY TO FIGURE OUT WHAT YOUR LIFE IS GOING TO BE LIKE NOW.>>I WAS PRETTY MUCH IN A STATE OF SHOCK.>>YEAH. IT WAS TOUGH BECAUSE I FOUND OUT OVER THE PHONE. YOU KNOW?>>TAKE YOUR TIME.>>JUST AS ALEX STARTED HIS TREATMENT, LUKE RECEIVED HIS OWN DIAGNOSIS, TESTICULAR CANCER.>>IT WAS DISBELIEF. I’M LOOKING AT HIM ALSO HEARING IT. AND HE WAS WATCHING A BASKETBALL GAME. AND YOU SEE HIM JUST STARING AT THE GAME. AND YOU SEE HIS EYES KIND OF GLASS OVER. IT WAS VERY DIFFICULT FOR HIM TO PROCESS.>>IT WAS JUST SHOCK. I WAS — I WAS SCARED AT FIRST.>>BOTH PLAYERS HAD TO GIVE UP THE GAME WHILE UNDERGOING CANCER TREATMENT. OFF THE FIELD, THEY SHARED AN EVEN DEEPER BOND.>>IT WAS GOING TO BE NOT EASY BUT EASIER TO GET THROUGH IT. IT HELPED ME A LOT WATCHING HIM, BE STRONG AND GO THROUGH IT.>>HAVING SOMEBODY WHO KNOWS WHAT YOU’RE GOING THROUGH AND RELATES TO DEFINITELY WAS — BROUGHT US CLOSER.>>Reporter: LUKE UNDERWENT EMERGENCY SURGERY, FOLLOWED BY INTENSIVE ROUNDS OF CHEMOTHERAPY. ALEX WAS RIGHT THERE WITH HIM.>>ACROSS THE HOSPITAL, WE COULD SEE EACH OTHER THROUGH THE WINDOWS. AND EVERYONE WAS WAVING TO HIM AND SAYING HI.>>Reporter: THIS PAST JULY, LUKE WAS DECLARED CANCER-FREE. BUT ALEX’S BATTLE WAS FAR FROM OVER. ROUGHLY 80% OF ALEX’S BLOOD WAS AFFECTED WE THE LEUKEMIA. DOCTORS SAID HE NEEDED A BONE MARROW TRANSPLANT.>>I WANTED TO GO AND SEE HIM.>>Reporter: THE TRANSPLANT WAS A SUCCESS. AND WITH A NEW LEASE ON LIFE, ALEX HAD ONE MORE GOAL. TO MAKE IT BACK TO THE SOCCER FIELD.>>I GOT BACK PROBABLY CAPTAIN’S PRACTICES IN JUNE. I HOPPED IN THAT. AND THEY SAID, YOU SHOULD COME BACK AND PLAY. COACH HEARD THAT. AND FROM THERE ON, I STARTED PLAYING AGAIN AND GOT BACK INTO IT.>>Reporter: NOT ONLY DID HE RETAIN HIS STARTING GOALIE POSITION, HE TOOK THE FIELD WITH A FAMILIAR FACE. FOR BOTH BOYS, IT HAS TAUGHT THEM TO THINK ABOUT LIFE BEYOND THE FIELD.>>I’M NOT LOOKING TO PLAY COLLEGE SOCCER. BUT THIS SITUATION HAS MADE ME CHANGE CAREERS. I’M GOING FOR NURSING, HOPEFULLY, TO HELP GOING TO THE SAME FIELD THAT I KNOW A LOT ABOUT NOW. SO, JUST TRYING TO GIVE BACK TO OTHERS.>>IT PROVED TO ME HOW IMPORTANT FAMILY AND FRIENDS ARE. AND I DON’T KNOW WHAT I WOULD HAVE DONE WITHOUT HIM.>>THE AUDIENCE IS WIPING AWAY TEARS AND I AM WIPING AWAY TEARS. AND LUKE AND ALEX ARE HERE WITH US. WHEN WE COME BACK, WE’LL HEAR

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