ESPN Radio's Bob Valvano announced on Monday that he's been diagnosed with leukemia.
The former college basketball coach announced that he also has a heart aneurysm and kidney damage, but that his doctor says his prognosis is good.
Friends:Well…a lot of news. Biggest of which is I have leukemia. I have aneurysm on my aorta too, and apparently some kidney damage, maybe from all Aleve I took for my back.
So lot of activity.
I don't know when or if I need treatment for leukemia. But prognosis good says Doc!
— Bob Valvano (@espnVshow) April 19, 2021
Valvano hosts a daily sports show on ESPN Radio's Louisville affiliate and works as a college basketball game analyst on ESPN Radio and ESPNU. He is the brother of the late Jim Valvano.
Jim Valvano won a national championship as N.C. State's head basketball coach in 1983, but is perhaps best known for his legacy raising cancer awareness through The V Foundation. He died in 1993 at 47 years old following a bout with cancer. His "Don't ever give up" speech is replayed annually as a rallying cry for cancer awareness and fundraising by ESPN and The V Foundation.
Valvano, 64, announced on April 6 that he was taking time away from his radio show to address health issues. He was previously diagnosed with monoclonal B-cell lymphocytosis, a precursor to leukemia. He told Awful Announcing in February that he was optimistic that it would not advance to leukemia.
“That’s a condition that I’m going to have to keep an eye on and hope it doesn’t turn into leukemia," Valvano said in a Feb. 22 interview. "Everybody who has leukemia has this, but not everyone who gets this gets leukemia. So far, so good. But it was a little scary."
He also announced on Monday that he's receiving treatment from Dr. Khuda Khan, a student of his brother's oncologist. Dr. Joseph Moore.
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