Updated: 07/02/2014 10:06 AM
Created: 07/02/2014 9:32 AM WHEC.com
Legendary Buffalo Sabres radio and TV broadcaster, Rick Jeanneret has been diagnosed with throat cancer. According to the Buffalo News, Jeanneret had a golf ball-sized growth in his throat was malignant, but doctors tell him his chance of recovery is 85 percent.
According to Jeanneret, he will undergo radiation therapy and plans to return to the broadcast booth.
The Sabres released the following statement about Jeanneret:
The Buffalo Sabres are deeply saddened to learn of Rick Jeanneret's cancer diagnosis. RJ has been a vital part of the Sabres family and the Buffalo community for 43 years and this news undoubtedly weighs heavily on everyone who has had the privilege of listening to his broadcasts through the years. As he begins treatment in the coming weeks, we will continue to keep RJ, his wife, Sandra, his mother, Kay, his sister, Marcia, his children, Mark and Chris, his stepdaughter, Shelly, and his grandchildren in our thoughts. We wish RJ a full and speedy recovery and know his tenacity will serve him well in his fight. On behalf of the Jeanneret family, the Sabres are asking for respect of the family's privacy as RJ undergoes treatment- any inquiries should be directed to Michael Gilbert (firstname.lastname@example.org). The team has also set up a dedicated email address, GetWellRJ@sabres.com, for fans to send well-wishes and notes of encouragement.