Cleveland Browns radio play-by-play announcer Jim Donovan announced on Wednesday that he has suffered a relapse with leukemia and will resume treatment, according to Chris Easterling of the Akron Beacon Journal.
“This is going to be kind of a long and winding road through this treatment plan, because it is going to be aggressive,” Jim Donovan said on Channel 3 News' “Front Row” when he announced the news, according to Easterling. “The goal is: gotta get better, gotta get healthy, gotta move on. I know the deal, I've done it before, and I plan to do it once again. Through all of this, I will be here at Channel 3 and on the radio as much as I can be. But there will be periods of time that I might not be with you, maybe for a day, maybe for longer.”
Concerns of a relapse started about a year-and-a-half ago, according to Easterling. Donovan has been receiving various forms of chemotherapy since the diagnosis.
Donovan was first diagnosed with chronic lymphocytic leukemia in 2000, and eventually had a bone marrow transplant in the summer of 2011. He announced that he will remain in his role with the Browns as long as he is able to.
Donovan missed two games last season, according to Easterling. One was Week 6 against the New England Patriots due to feeling under the weather. The other was Week 11 against the Miami Dolphins due to COVID-19.
Browns owners Dee and Jimmy Haslam released a statement on the team's website regarding Donovan's diagnosis.
“Our thoughts and the thoughts of the entire organization are with Jim and his family right now in this difficult time,” Dee and Jimmy Haslam said in their statement, according to Easterling. “There is no better representative of the Cleveland Browns. He is as tough as they come and proved as much in his previous battle. We're all behind Jim and will do everything we can to support him. We look forward to him winning this fight, being around the team and continuing to call our games during the season.”
Hopefully Donovan recovers once again.