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ESPN Analyst Rod Gilmore: Read His Note About Cancer Diagnosis

”I feel great and my prognosis is good,“ veteran football analyst writes

Veteran ESPN analyst Rod Gilmore has cancer — and he’s using the diagnosis as an opportunity to give fans some medical advice.

Gilmore, a college football expert who has worked for ESPN since 1996, revealed Monday that he has multiple myeloma, which is a form of blood cancer.

He wrote fans a note in which he said, “I feel great and my prognosis is good.” While he fully expects to be at work this football season, Gilmore also added a warning to viewers about their own health.

See his full statement via ESPN below.

I was recently diagnosed with a form of blood cancer known as Multiple Myeloma and there are a few things I wanted to share.
First, I feel great and my prognosis is good. I have great support with an amazing medical team, an incredible wife and family, and amazing friends and colleagues.
Second, my condition was discovered during an annual physical, which I’ve had done for more than 25 years. Early detection is critical and I encourage all of you to get annual physicals–cancer does not discriminate and it will hide if you let it.
Finally, amazing advances have been made in cancer research and treatment, principally due to your generous donations to organizations like The V Foundation. Donations work. We are so close to finding cures to some forms of cancer in the not too distant future. Please continue to support research of any kind in whatever way you can. It’s making a difference.
I’m looking forward to enjoying another incredible and exciting college football season with all of you. See you Week 1 in Nashville.

ESPN President John Skipper added: “We extend our thoughts and support to Rod and his loved ones. Rod is the consummate professional, and a valued and esteemed colleague, who has the entire ESPN family behind him. I know he is approaching his battle with hope and optimism and we wish him continued strength in that fight.

“We look forward to his expert analysis on our college football coverage, where he has been educating and informing fans for many years.”