Oct 20, 2021 - Sports
Dick Vitale preps for cancer fight
Dick Vitale sits with a microphone in front of his face smiling.
Sportscaster Dick Vitale broadcasts on March 9, 2020. Photo: Ethan Miller/Getty Images

Beat this one, baby.

What's happening: Dick Vitale, a longtime Bradenton resident and colorful sports commentator, was diagnosed with cancer for the second time in a few months, he announced in a blog post.

  • Doctors removed melanoma from his nose this summer and have now detected lymphoma.

What's next: The 82-year-old ESPN broadcaster will undergo six months of chemotherapy and a regiment of steroids.

Flashback: Vitale hosts an annual gala for pediatric cancer research that has raised approximately $44 million for the V Foundation for Cancer Research, per the Bradenton Herald.

In my battle, I think of all the Courageous kids that I have gotten to know and I want all of them to know (after watching their battles with their cancers and handling the chemo/radiation) they inspire and motivate me to take on this biggest fight I have ever faced. I WILL DO EVERY THING IN MY POWER TO WIN THIS BATTLE!
ā€” Dick Vitale in a blog post Monday
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