Legendary ESPN college basketball analyst Dick Vitale announced Thursday that he is cancer-free.
Vitale rang the bell at Sarasota Memorial Hospital in Florida after his most recent chemotherapy session.
“It was RING THE BELL TIME ! Yes it was a tough 7 months but it was super hearing Dr Brown @SMHCS say that I have zero cancer currently,” Vitale said on social media. “I was inspired daily by the famous words of my late buddy Jimmy V “Don’t Give up DON’T EVER GIVE UP!”
The 82-year old Vitale said he was diagnosed with lymphoma in October. A few months earlier, he announced having multiple surgeries to remove melanoma.
The Naismith Basketball Hall of Famer did return to the analyst chair the next month, a game between top-ranked Gonzaga and No. 2 UCLA but in January said he wouldn’t call games for rest of season because of treatment for precancerous dysplasia on his vocal cords.
Vitale has raised more than $50 million for the V Foundation for Cancer Research through his annual Dick Vitale Gala, a fundraiser aimed at research for pediatric cancer.