'Don't ever give up!' Dick Vitale turns a corner in his battle vs. cancer

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Dick Vitale announced the good news about his battle against lymphoma Thursday in a way that only the iconic broadcaster from Bergen County could.

In all caps.

"GREAT NEWS," Vitale tweeted. "I'm clear to RING THE BELL."

Ringing the bell is a tradition for cancer patients signaling the end of their chemotherapy treatments.

True to form, Vitale later posted a video of himself ringing the bell at Sarasota Memorial Hospital in Florida, where he lives. To mark the occasion, the hospital posted on its video board: "Our cancer team is nothing short of AWESOME, BABY! Congrats, Dickie V!"

Born in Passaic and raised in Garfield, Vitale attended and later coached at East Rutherford High School. A Seton Hall University graduate, he broke into college coaching as an assistant at Rutgers in the early 1970s and helped recruit key players on the Scarlet Knights' 1976 Final Four team.

For the past 40-plus years he's been synonymous with college basketball coverage at ESPN, although lymphoma forced him to sit out most of this past season. Throughout his treatment, Vitale has posted his progress and setbacks on Twitter amid an outpouring of encouragement from the hoops community and beyond.

"Yes it was a tough 7 months but it was super hearing Dr. (Richard) Brown say that I have zero cancer currently," Vitale tweeted. "I was inspired daily by the famous words of my late buddy Jimmy V, “Don’t Give up. DON’T EVER GIVE UP!”

This article originally appeared on NorthJersey.com: Dick Vitale: ESPN college basketball analyst shares cancer news