Stuart Scott, a UNC-Chapel Hill graduate who grew up in Winston-Salem and has hosted a variety of programs at ESPN for nearly twenty years, announced Monday night that he has cancer.
This will be Scott's third battle with cancer. He was first diagnosed in 2007 when doctors discovered a tumor during an emergency appendectomy. It was successfully treated, but in 2011, another tumor was discovered in his small intestine. Scott once again underwent surgery and chemotherapy, and was cancer-free until this latest diagnosis.
No details have been released regarding what type of cancer Scott now has.
On Monday night, Scott (@StuartScott) tweeted to his followers: "Thanks for prayers..ill fight w ALL C survivors & loved ones. Cancer wants to re-appear..picked the right guy cuz I HIT HARD all day long!"
Scott worked for WRAL in the early 1990s and joined ESPN in 1993, hosting "SportsNight," "SportsCenter" and various NFL and NBA programs. Scott became famous at ESPN for coining phrases such as "Boo Yah!" while narrating highlight reels, and has even been parodied on "Saturday Night Live."
Scott has remained close to the area, participating in annual Jimmy V Foundation events in Raleigh nearly every year since the organization was founded.
In August of 2011, Scott was given the Spirit of Jimmy V Award at the Jimmy V Celebrity Golf Classic. That award honors those dedicated to fighting cancer and who personify former N.C. State basketball coach Jim Valvano's "Don't ever give up" spirit. Valvano died in April 1993 after a yearlong battle with cancer.
In December 2012, Scott returned to Raleigh to tour the Jimmy V Cancer Therapeutics Lab at N.C. State.
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