'Stuntman' Stu Schwartz has leukemia, he announces on Facebook
Schwartz hosts Majic 100 morning radio show, announces at Ottawa Senators home games
"Stuntman" Stu Schwartz has leukemia, he announced on Facebook late Monday night.
The local radio host and public address announcer for the Ottawa Senators fought back tears as he revealed the news to his Facebook friends and followers.
'Stuntman' Stu says 'cancer can be beat'
"I tell you guys everything, sometimes a little too much," Schwartz said in the video.
The Majic 100 morning show co-host went on to say he would be in hospital for a few weeks as he fights leukemia.
"I know that cancer can be beat," Schwartz said.
"We're going to beat this because other people have in the past, other people will in the future and I'm going to do it, too."
Leukemia is a group of cancers that usually begins in the bone marrow and results in high numbers of abnormal white blood cells. The exact cause of leukemia is not known.
A few weeks of warning signs
Schwartz's wife and coworker Consuelo Bernardi said in an interview Tuesday morning Schwartz had been experiencing headaches and getting more severe nosebleeds than usual over the last few weeks. But they thought he was just getting a bit run down from a busy schedule.
"The last week you could sense he wasn't looking too good, he was really pale and the nosebleeds kept coming… we finally made an appointment, it was supposed to be later this week," she said.
"Yesterday, I don't know what finally clicked for him, I don't know if it was me getting mad at him at work for not going to see a doctor because he really did not look well. Then a pharmacist just happened to say to him 'you really should go to the emergency [room] just to get checked out.'"
Bernardi said doctors are doing a bone marrow biopsy today to find out what kind of leukemia he has, then they'll go from there.
"My aim is to bring the kids at least twice a week to go see their dad, if the treatments are going really well they might allow him a day pass [to leave]… he's already Skyped with the kids twice," she said.
Community, Sens players react
Schwartz is involved in anti-bullying efforts and other community events. Monday's news lead to several messages of support from citizens, fans and local leaders.
"It was some pretty tough news to take," said Senators forward Curtis Lazar.
"Ottawa's a great community, I'm going to be supporting him and giving him any words of encouragement I can."
"You see him at every charity thing possible, he donates his time and effort, his family time. For him to go through this, our thoughts and prayers are with him," said Senators forward Chris Neil.
Senators coach Dave Cameron said after practice he appreciates Schwartz's enthusiasm for raising money for the Senators Foundation and he wants him to know he's thinking about him.
"It's really comforting," Bernardi said of the support.
Sending much love to <a href="https://twitter.com/StuntmanStu">@StuntmanStu</a>. <br>Go kick cancer's ass. <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/Fcancer?src=hash">#Fcancer</a> <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/StuStrong?src=hash">#StuStrong</a>—@strombo
The whole city is cheering for you <a href="https://twitter.com/StuntmanStu">@StuntmanStu</a> as you battle cancer. All the best to you and Connie and your kids in the weeks ahead.—@JimWatsonOttawa
Saddened to hear the news this am <a href="https://twitter.com/StuntmanStu">@StuntmanStu</a> stay strong bud, we are all behind you.—@CPhillipsFour
What horrible news to wake up to. The one guy who does everything for charity in Ottawa and who has supported kids with cancer has leukemia.—@MacLeodLisa