SU Student Fought Hard Against Leukemia


SALISBURY, Md. - Former S.U. student and Sea Gulls linemen A.J. Slye passed away last Thursday, Feb. 27, after a long fight with Leukemia.

Slye was a freshman at Salisbury and wrapping up his first semester when he was diagnosed in December 2012. He sought treatment at several facilities and was at St. Jude's Research Hospital in Memphis when he died. He was 20 years old.

WMDT spoke with A.J.'s mother Thursday, who said the family is doing the best it can. When discussing the care her son received at St. Jude's, Laura Slye said, "It's rare that you come across such intelligent and caring people. Usually people have one or the other, but A.J. had so many visitors," just before he died.

That support was shown through his fellow teammates and classmates at S.U. Students held a rally in his honor this fall, and checked in with him throughout his treatment.

"This is our way of telling him that he's still part of our family," said Nick Costello after the November rally.

In his interview with WMDT in November, A.J. was extremely humbled by the support, had hopes of letting his team know how thankful he was.

"When I go back to visit, I want to see the whole team as a group. I want to thank them for everything that they did," Slye said.  "To be able to see my brothers again, and give them a hug and say, 'Thanks guys. You know, without you, I don't know that there would
have been a whole lot of times that I could keep fighting.'"

"I'll keep fighting, and as long as they keep fighting, you know, we'll be good."

Funeral services for A.J. Slye will be held on Saturday at Mt. Ararat Baptist Church in Stafford Virginia.

Memorial donations may be made to:
St. Jude Children's Research Hospital
262 Danny Thomas Place, Memphis, TN  38105

or to:

The Leukemia/Lymphoma Society
5511 Staples Mill Rd., Ste. 202B
Richmond, VA  23228.

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