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Mike Aviles announces daughter Adriana is now cancer-free

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Detroit Tigers infielder Mike Aviles couldn’t have received better news heading into spring training than to learn that his young daughter Adriana received a clean bill of health and is now cancer-free.

Adriana, who has a twin sister named Maiya, was diagnosed with leukemia last year at the age of four, while Aviles was playing with the Cleveland Indians. The team placed him on Family Medical Emergency list and later the restricted list. He missed eight games in mid-May to be with Adriana, who was undergoing treatment at Cleveland Clinic at the time, before rejoining the team on May 18.

“At first, I thought I was going to have to stop playing for the year and figure everything out at home,” he said at the time. “Between the support I was able to get here from the front office, the team, the coaching staff, everybody, it made it really easy for me and my wife to sit down and think about what we needed to do as far as a family, what was going to be best for the family overall.”

Indians teammates and staff rallied round Aviles during the extremely difficult time for him and his family by some of them shaving their heads.

Adriana and Maiya later threw out the ceremonial first pitch before an Indians game in August. The Indians also admirably elected not to move Aviles at the trade deadline to make sure he would remain near to his family and where his daughter was receiving treatment.

Congratulations to the entire Avlies family on what must be an extremely emotional — but ultimately joyful — time.