After revealing a cancer diagnosis in July that sidelined his decades-long announcing career, beloved 83-year-old ESPN college basketball fixture Dick Vitale joyfully announced Thursday that recent medical tests found him free of the lymphoma and vocal cord dysplasia he had battled for months. (Express Employment Professionals / Wikimedia)

“Santa Came Early”: Veteran Announcer Dick Vitale Shares He Beat Cancer

Veteran ESPN college basketball commentator Dick Vitale received an early Christmas gift this week: a cancer-free diagnosis.

On Thursday, Vitale shared on social media that recent medical tests found he is now clear of lymphoma and vocal cord dysplasia.

“Santa Claus came early for me & my family,” Vitale posted. “Just was on the phone with Dr. Rick Brown (my oncologist), Dr. Ken Meredith (bloodwork). They gave me super news that the PET SCAN was clean (NO CANCER) & my bloodwork was all very good.”

In July, Vitale revealed he was diagnosed with cancer after battling symptoms for months. ESPN released a statement last month saying Vitale would need time to heal as his cancer dissipated before returning to the broadcast booth.

Vitale’s uplifting health update prompted an outpouring of support and celebration from sports media colleagues.

“To many of you I send [love] & THANK YOU for ur [prayers]!” he added.

The 83-year-old Vitale has been with ESPN since 1979, bringing his colorful catchphrases and enthusiastic commentary to college basketball broadcasts for over four decades. He has been a widely recognized ambassador for the sport.

Vitale has stated he plans to be back courtside calling games again soon. When he does return, he’ll likely receive a hero’s welcome from appreciative fans.

For now, Vitale can enjoy his holiday season with family, grateful to ring in 2024 with a clean bill of health.

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