Fort Wayne, Ind. (Indiana's NewsCenter) - Long-time Fort Wayne television and radio sportscaster Kent Hormann is battling prostate cancer.
Hormann is a member of the Indiana's NewsCenter family as a part-time sports anchor and reporter. He is a regular on such shows as The Score and Sound-Off. He is also a television announcer for the TinCaps baseball games on Xfinity's channel 81. Hormann became a household name when he led the Sports Department of NBC Channel 33.
Two years ago, Hormann launched the Blue Ball Open, a golf-outing devoted to bringing prostate cancer awareness to the community. Little did he know that he would be fighting the disease himself.
An annual exam last summer revealed Hormann's PSA levels were elevated. He had a biopsy and waited for the call that everything checked out fine, but that call didn't come. Instead, Hormann says in September he got a call from a nurse telling him he had prostate cancer.
That was shocking news for the healthy 58-year-old, who has always kept himself in great shape. Hormann doesn't have a family history of cancer, and says most of the men in his family have lived well into their 80s.
For awhile, doctors told Hormann they wanted to keep a close eye on his PSA levels. However, over the past few months the levels have continued to increase, and Hormann says that prompted him to make the decision to have Da Vinci robotic surgery later this summer to remove the cancer.
"You have to go in with an optimistic attitude. You really do. The doctors and everybody in this community have given me tremendous support," says Hormann. "Some people say I'm very strong-willed; others say bull-headed. I'm going to beat this."
Hormann says he wanted to come forward now because he wants to spread as much awareness about the disease as possible. He'll host his last SportsWise radio show on ESPN 1380 on Friday, and says he wants his listeners to know how important annual exams are.
"By doing what I was supposed to be doing, I found out I had cancer and I found out it was in a relatively early stage," says Hormann. "So, with the rest of my life - early detection, routine exams, and then hopefully after that it can be treated and you can beat it."
Hormann will host this year's Blue Ball Open August 11th at Cedar Creek Golf Club.
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