UK Rainbow Six Siege player Reece ‘ASTRO’ Lambert has announced that he is taking a break from competitive gaming following a recent diagnosis.
As reported by Siege.gg, ASTRO (not to be confused with Brazilian player Leonardo ‘Astro’ Luis) posted an update on Twitter sharing the news that he has lymphoma, a type of cancer.
He said he will be taking a break from sports to focus on his treatments.
ASTRO added: “I’m completely speechless and don’t really have much to say other than that it was a huge shock due to multiple hospital appointments and specialists ruling out that the lump is cancerous. Of course I will soon know more at the next appointments and the next steps I will take.
“But now I think I’ll take a break from winning with competition for a while to focus on my treatments and getting better. I’m fine now that it’s fresh with only minor symptoms every now and then but I think it’s for the best. I will keep you updated on my situation and hopefully everything goes according to plan.”
ASTRO has played for a number of teams including Epsilon Esports, Fierce Esports and most recently Gamma Gaming, the esports organization founded by Arsenal footballer Sead Kolašinac.
The Rainbow Six Siege/eSports community rallied around ASTRO following the tweets and sent him messages of support.
In the Twitter thread above, Rogue UK Rainbow Six pro Leon Giddens said, “Take care and stay strong, you made it.”
Caster Geo added: “This is awful. Hopefully treatment or surgery can help. Much luck.”
Kalvin Chung, co-founder of MNM Gaming commented: “I wish you all the best and stay strong.”
German-Polish player Prano said: “Man, stay strong and you will get through this. It’s still fresh, so it’s a good thing it was spotted early. I’m waiting for you to smack his ass so you can come back and I can smack your ass in EUL one day.”
Esports News UK wishes ASTRO all the best and a speedy recovery.
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