Yesterday afternoon Peter Jennings was diagnosed with lung cancer. He will continue to headline “World News Tonight” as much as his treatment regime allows.
He told his staff in an email:
Dear All Ã¢â‚¬” Forgive me the group mailing Ã¢â‚¬” but it seems the easiest way to tell a lot of people I care for ….. about a change in my life.
I have been diagnosed with lung cancer. Yes, it was quite a surprise.
As you all know, this is a challenge. I begin chemo-therapy next week. I will continue to do the broadcast.
There will be good days and bad, which means that some days I may be cranky and some days really cranky! Almost 10 million Americans are living with cancer.
I am sure I will learn from them how to cope with the facts of life that none of us anticipated.
In all the years I have worked here I have had the most outstanding support from this news division.
Hundreds of you have been like family. It feels good to have such a family right now.
I will admit that I rarely agree with Peter Jennings on much of the issues; however, 66 years old is far too young. Our hopes and prayers are with you and your family. Godspeed and get well soon.
Hat Tip: Yippee-Ki-Yay