Dick Vitale, the ebullient ESPN legend, announced Thursday that he’s seven months cancer-free.
Vitale literally called the news outside Sarasota Memorial Hospital in Florida.
The college basketball broadcaster thanked his doctor, Dr. Richard Brown and credited the late Jim Valvano’s famous speech – “Don’t give up, never give up!” – for inspiration.
Vitale, who turns 83 in June, has raised more than $50 million for the Valvano-inspired V Foundation to help fight childhood cancer.
Vitale returned to the ESPN booth in November and got deeply emotional while calling the game between Gonzaga and UCLA, who were No. 1 and No. 2 in the country at the time. Nevertheless, he dropped out again in January due to voice problems.
The Post’s Ian O’Connor wrote a lengthy article in December about Vitale’s battle with lymphoma – the channel’s stated aim was to live seven more years so he could see all his grandchildren graduate from college, and then 11 more to name a basketball game for ESPN at the age of 100.
Throughout the fight, Vitale has been posting motivational videos on his social media feeds, both chronicling his own struggles and trying to motivate others.
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