The news was a shock to the Arizona-committed Selman and scores of her friends and classmates at Alta. Mitchell said since the diagnosis, Selman has gotten a steady stream of visitors and support while she goes through her treatment at Primary Children's Hospital.
Many of her schoolmates have been wearing orange, the color to show support for leukemia patients, and the boy's soccer team will be wearing orange armbands throughout the season. The Alta baseball team played a game last week with armbands bearing No. 13, Selman's number.
Selman's family began a blog to chronicle her journey through her leukemia treatment called "Lexe Kicks Leukemia." Through the website, they've released several promising updates on her condition, such as it appears she won't need a bone marrow transplant.
The family has also acknowledge that the Arizona soccer team has agreed to honor Selman's scholarship whenever she's medically fit to play, she can rejoin the team as well.
Selman was one of the top soccer players in the state last season, finishing with 22 goals and making the Tribune's first all-state team for 5A. Mitchell said he was pleased that the Wildcats were standing so firmly behind a player who has shown toughness on and off the field.
"It's nice that they would do that," Mitchell said. "She might not be back for a while we don't know for sure but I hope it is soon."
We will have more on this story in the coming days.