Jamie Samuelsen has been a staple of Detroit sports radio for nearly a quarter of a century and on July 27, he made a major announcement on his show, Jamie & Stoney: he has colon cancer, the Detroit Free Press reported.
Samuelsen revealed that he first got the diagnosis nearly two years ago and that co-hosting the show 97.1 The Ticket has allowed him to keep some measure of normal.
However, he is now using the news of his battle with cancer to encourage men and women over 50 to get colonoscopies and his announcement has led to an outpouring of love and support.
Samuelsen Said Sports Radio Helped Keep Him Going
One of the greatest athletes on the planet. Pictured along with Chiefs QB Patrick Mahomes. pic.twitter.com/ltGu1TsEOD
— Jamie Samuelsen (@JamieSamuelsen) September 29, 2019
Known for his sense of humor and deep knowledge of Detroit sports, Samuelsen’s voice has been heard on WDFN-AM, WRIF-FM and WCSX-FM before joining the 97.1 The Ticket, according to the Detroit Free Press.
The station described him like this: “A 25-year veteran of Detroit Sports Radio, Jamie has been with 97.1 The Ticket since 2012. The Jamie & Stoney Show was launched in 2016. You know him for his love of the San Francisco Giants, Northwestern Football, and most of all, his family.”
He said that his morning show from 6-10 a.m., MLive reported, helped take his mind off the diagnosis:
Each morning since my diagnosis, I got up, turned on the radio mic and got to talk sports,” Samuelsen said. “I needed the escape from cancer, just like so many of our listeners who face hardships, grief and illness, too, they turned to us in the morning for some levity in this crazy world. So I wanted to continue to have fun and not let cancer get in the way of doing what I loved. Connecting with listeners, laughing, teasing Stoney, all of it, it helped me be normal while continuing to fight this disease.
However, an infection led him to take off a few days in July, the same month that he chose to disclose his diagnosis and make an important public service announcement.
Colonoscopies are more important than ever, Samuelsen urged, telling listeners of his show, “More people under the age of 50 are being diagnosed with colon cancer than ever before and colon cancer is the second leading cause of cancer deaths. Make sure you talk with your doctor — and get that colonoscopy,” WXYZ reported.
The Detroit Free Press also reported that three of Samuelsen’s close friends had colonoscopies which led to them getting polyps removed: “I want people of my age, in their 40s, to get a colonoscopy. You hear about it all the time, and you’re like ‘blah, blah, blah,’ in one ear and out the next. But it can literally save your life,” he said.
Samuelsen Described His Wife As A Miracle Worker
— Christy McDonald (@ChristyTV) February 15, 2020
Samuelsen isn’t half of just one media duo with Jamie & Stoney; he also shares Detroit’s media spotlight with his wife, Christy McDonald, an anchor and reporter for WTVS-TV. The couple has three children and Samuelsen described dealing with his diagnosis as a second job for both of them in the Detroit Free Press.
It’s a second job,” the Detroit Free Press reported Samuelsen saying on the show. “It’s a second job for Christy, who’s been coordinating everything, here at the house, but also, a lot of my treatment … My wife is a miracle worker in a lot of ways.”
When Jamie was diagnosed with #coloncancer 1.5 years ago, we decided to keep the news private. It was excruciating, navigating treatments, information, hospital systems – (a thread )
— Christy McDonald (@ChristyTV) July 27, 2020
McDonald wrote a Twitter thread describing their journey with the diagnosis:
We learned that the number of people UNDER the age of 50 diagnosed with #coloncancer is on the rise. The @AmericanCancer now recommends colonoscopies at age 45! (cont.)
We have met amazing doctors, nurses who have cared for Jamie along the way- and had the help of powerful patient advocates from @COLONTOWN1 (cont.)
And we fight every day. Love to everyone in this cancer fight along with us- and especially the caregivers – I see you. Thanks for supporting @JamieSamuelsen & our family. To life!
Samuelsen said his 19-month fight with the disease isn’t over yet, WXYZ reported. “It’s a battle. It goes on,” he said. “I don’t want to make it sound like this is any sort of goodbye, because it’s not.”