A win price celebrating. Legendary ESPN analyst Dick Vitale introduced that he is cancer free after a lengthy battle with lymphoma and melanoma.
“Dr Rick Brown just notified me with my results of my major Pet Scan & told me news I wish EVERY cancer patient can hear,” the TV character, 83, wrote by way of Twitter on Wednesday, August 17. “He said ‘Dick u have gone from being in remission to being CANCER FREE‘! Thank u to ALL of YOU that have sent me 🙏🙏🙏 .”
In a second put up, the college basketball broadcaster continued: “I’m THANKFUL for the kindness of many colleagues, friends, fans & the media during my 9 months of fighting to beat this vicious disease. Once a cancer patient the journey never ends but I’m thrilled to hear the words that I am CANCER FREE!”
Vitale, who has been a fixture on ESPN for the reason that community launched in 1979, revealed in October 2021 that he had been recognized with lymphoma, simply two months after undergoing multiple surgeries to remove melanoma.
“For the second time in just a few months, I’ve been diagnosed with a form of cancer,” he wrote in an essay for ESPN on the time. “I had announced in August that I underwent multiple surgeries to remove melanoma (which has been totally cleared), yet the doctors believe this lymphoma diagnosis is unrelated. What’s evident is that the treatment plan for this lymphoma is going to be a lot tougher, and in both cases, early detection played an important role in helping to manage the cancers.”
Despite the information, the New Jersey native defined in his essay that he would stay optimistic all through his remedy. “The medical experts tell me it has a 90-percent cure rate. They say I can continue to work so I will have to manage my work schedule around my chemo schedule as they will monitor my test results along the way,” he wrote. “I am lucky and blessed to have a great team of medical experts along with wonderful family support. I am also blessed to work with so many in my second family, ESPN.”
The basketball Hall of Fame member concluded by asking followers to share messages of encouragement all through his well being journey. “If you see me, please just give me a fist bump and say a prayer that I can return from being 82 years old to acting like I’m 12,” Vitale wrote on the time.
Two months later, Vitale introduced that he would be taking an extended “break” from commentating so as to relaxation his vocal cords. “I’m not sure exactly how long I will be off the air as a result of this or how many games I will miss,” the previous Detroit Pistons coach informed ESPN in December 2021. “Of course, I am heartbroken that I won’t be immediately sitting courtside doing what I love, yet I’m in this for the long run. I plan to do games when I’m 100 – I need to listen to [my doctor]!”