Albirex’s Hayakawa vows return after leukemia diagnosis

Albirex’s Hayakawa vows return after leukemia diagnosis

Albirex Niigata defender Fumiya Hayakawa has been diagnosed with acute leukemia, the club announced on Monday.

The 22-year-old rookie was first examined in late April after noticing visible swelling in his lymph nodes and is already receiving treatment at a Niigata hospital.

“I’ve dreamed of being cheered on by supporters since I was a little kid, and you’ve always given me strength and confidence,” Hayakawa said in a statement. 

“So I’m fighting against this illness in order to stand proudly in front of you again.

“The road ahead will be difficult, but I hope that through my recovery I can inspire others who are also fighting with leukemia and other diseases.

“I’m going to work hard to return to Albirex Niigata, the club I love!”