Prayers up: Filipino Olympian Ian Lariba diagnosed with leukemia
Ian Lariba, 22, was named UAAP Athlete of the Year in Seasons 77 and 78. Reuben Terrado

IAN Lariba has been diagnosed with acute myeloid leukemia (AML), her family through La Salle's Office of Sports Development (OSD) announced on Monday night.

The diagnosis came after a series of blood tests were made on the Rio De Janeiro Olympian at the St. Luke's Medical Center in Quezon City.

Lariba will begin treatment this week.

"DLSU alumna and Philippine Olympian Ian Lariba was recently diagnosed with Acute Myeloid Leukemia (AML), her family announced on May 29. She will undergo treatment this week," La Salle, which is now using the #KayaMoYAN hashtag on social media, said in a statement.

Lariba's diagnosis came less than a year after she represented the Philippines in the 2016 Olympics, becoming the first-ever Filipina table tennis player to qualify for the quadrennial games.

Lariba was also a UAAP Athlete of the Year in Season 77 and 78, and the Most Valuable Player in Season 75, 77, and 78 after going undefeated in her entire college career.

There is no cure yet for AML but treatments can prevent the cancer cells from spreading.

La Salle also requested its community to extend assistance to Lariba through financial donations through BDO account number ‎‎870007459 and UCPB account number ‎104120046272.Email transaction slips to

Other assistance may also be sent through the advancement and alumni relations office. For inquiries, contact La Salle athletic director Nongnong Calanog or Joy Lanting at ‎5244611 to 18, local 742.

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