(FiveNation.com)- Dick Vitale, a legendary sportscaster, shared his cancer-free news on social media on Wednesday.
Vitale wrote on Twitter, “Dr. Rick Brown just informed me with my findings of my big Pet Scan & told me the news I pray EVERY cancer patient can hear.” He informed Dick that he had transitioned from being in remission to being cancer-free.
Vitale thanked everyone for their prayers and well wishes.
Nine months ago, the ESPN analyst of more than four decades received a cancer diagnosis. He is 83.
He is well-known for using the catchphrase “Awesome, baby!”
Prior to joining the embryonic ESPN in 1979, Vitale was a high school, college, and NBA coach. He intended this to be a temporary post until another coaching opportunity presented itself.
Speaking about cancer, Vitale said on Facebook on Thursday that the instant the phone call with the report arrives changes your life. He said if tumors are discovered and cancer cells are still alive, chemotherapy is resumed, and the fight continues.
Vitale said that he recognizes, like many others, that the struggle never ends. One mother, Melissa Wiggins, told him that her 11-year-old son’s battle with neuroblastoma is a life sentence.
He said he would continue to follow Dr. Brown’s counsel and maintain an optimistic outlook with a firm faith and conviction that good things will happen.
In other news, Len Dawson, a football great and sportscaster, passed away at 87.
Dawson, a quarterback who helped the Kansas City Chiefs win their first Super Bowl, died on Wednesday. He was known as “Lenny the Cool” for his undeniable swagger.
He spent 14 years as a player for the Dallas Texans/Chiefs. The first Super Bowl, which his squad lost to the Green Bay Packers, was led by Dawson.
Dawson and Kansas City defeated the Minnesota Vikings in Super Bowl IV.
Dawson retired from broadcasting in 2017 after 33 years as the Chiefs’ radio color analyst due to a number of health issues, including prostate cancer and quadruple heart bypass surgery.