Pride defender Toni Pressley is recovering following breast cancer surgery on Friday in Orlando, Fla., and receiving stadium-sized support from fans, friends and even rival teams like the North Carolina Courage and Portland Thorns.
Here is what Marta wrote in her post, translated from Portuguese:
“Thank you my lord for the friends,
Friendship is a fragrant flower,
To have friends is to feel infinity
Without friends you can’t walk.”
The team announced Pressley’s diagnosis Wednesday, as she began treatment, ProSoccerUSA reported.
“We can’t imagine what Toni is going through,” Pride general manager Erik Ustruck said. “On behalf of everyone at the Club, I would like to extend our unconditional support to Toni, her family and the members of our Orlando Pride family throughout the entirety of the treatment process. Toni’s health and well-being is, of course, our biggest priority. We are happy to be able to provide her with the full backing of the Club, the NWSL and our partners at Orlando Health.”
Pressley, 29, was placed on the 45 day disabled list and will remain so during her treatment. She thanked supporters via social media. Here’s her tweet:
Thank you everyone for your well wishes.— Toni Deion Pressley (@Toni_Deion) August 7, 2019
I feel incredibly lucky to have the support of my club, teammates, our supporters, and my loved ones.
I am in good hands at @orlandohealth
I will be back soon pic.twitter.com/nHluikEx0F
And a longer message via Instagram:
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As you may or may not know by now, a month ago I was diagnosed with breast cancer. • • Receiving this news turned my world upside down. • • Going to training and preparing for games was sometimes a struggle, keeping this secret, while trying to navigate my next steps. • • My teammates, coaches, friends, and family were so important during this time. Even though they had no idea why. • • I feel incredibly fortunate to have been proactive. • • I also feel lucky to have the full support of my team, club, family and friends. • • Thank you to my amazing team of doctors at Orlando Health for helping me every step of the way. • • Now, post surgery, I’m focused on my recovery. Both physically and mentally. • • Thank you to everyone for your well wishes! • • I will be back soon
Rival teams sent their good wishes as well.
Always classy, @ThornsFC head coach @mparsons_1 ends his postgame press conference with a special get well message for @Toni_Deion. @ORLPride @NWSL #BAONPDX #BiggerThanSoccer pic.twitter.com/r6EhgFRDw1— NBC Sports Northwest (@NBCSNorthwest) August 11, 2019
And her own team — which is sponsored by Orlando Health, where Pressley is receiving treatment — showed its support Sunday as well.
Of course, her fans around the world are pulling for Pressley, too.
Hermoso el gesto de North Carolina Courage con Toni Pressley #NWSL— ➡️Rose ⬅️ (@queenheath1992) August 11, 2019