ESPN’s Dick Vitale makes heartbreaking health announcement

Dick Vitale

ABC/ESPN basketball analyst Dick Vitale sits at mid-court prior to an NCAA college basketball game between the Baylor Bears and the Villanova Wildcats on Sunday, Dec. 12, 2021, in Waco, Texas. (AP Photo/Ray Carlin)AP

Legendary basketball announcer Dick Vitale has had some very public health struggles across the past couple of years, and Wednesday he revealed some more heartbreaking news.

The 84-year-old announced that he is now battling vocal cord cancer.

“I am sorry to share that I received tough news today from Dr. Zeitels about my throat,” Vitale wrote in a statement. “The tests on the tissues they removed showed that I have vocal cord cancer and will need six weeks of radiation to treat it. Dr. Z tells me that it has an extremely high cure rate and radiation, not more surgery, is the best path.

“I plan to fight like hell to be ready to call games when the college hoops season tips off in the fall,” he added. “Dr. Z feels that scenario is entirely possible. I want to say that I have been so touched by the tweets, texts, notes and prayers and will ask all of you to continue to send positive vibes.”

This is the third time Vitale has battled cancer. He was first diagnosed with melanoma in the summer of 2021 and was diagnosed with lymphoma several months later. He announced in August that he was cancer free.

“This time last year, I was on the ESPYS stage, asking everyone to help in the cancer fight,” he wrote. “This terrible disease strikes so many of our loved ones, and it’s now knocked on my door three different times. More research will continue to help in this fight.

“I’m grateful for my immediate family as we as my ESPN family for their incredible support, and so appreciative of the outstanding team of medical experts whose dedication has such a positive impact on so many lives,” he continued. “Love to all!”

The legendary broadcaster has been calling games for ESPN since 1979.

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