MAJIC 100's Stuntman Stu battling leukemia
Published Tuesday, February 16, 2016 7:49AM EST
Last Updated Tuesday, February 16, 2016 7:05PM EST
There’s tremendous outpouring for Majic 100’s Stuntman Stu, who is sharing a personal struggle that he has been diagnosed with leukemia. His treatment is already underway at the Ottawa Hospital, where he was admitted last night and will remain for the next four weeks.
Stu met with CTV Ottawa at the hospital where he had just undergone several tests. He appeared in a hospital gown and mask, attached to an IV drip, not the Stu we are all used to seeing. That is, until he speaks.
“I've always wanted to go viral, but not this way,” he quips.
Even a cancer diagnosis can't dampen his sense of humour. But Stu Schwartz, “Stuntman Stu” as he's known to everyone, is in for the fight of his life. And a fight he is intent on winning.
Stu announced through Facebook Monday night that he had been diagnosed with leukemia.
“I'm going to be in hospital for a while, so I can beat this thing,” he said.
The morning co-host of Majic 100 and the announcer for the Ottawa Sens had been battling nosebleeds for weeks, combined with headaches and fatigue. What kind of leukemia, he doesn't yet know. Tests will confirm that in the coming days. The toughest part, aside from a biopsy earlier today,
“That was fun,” he jokes, was telling his two young kids, 10-year-old Matteo and 8-year-old Isabella.
“My son keeps asking me when I’m coming home and I said when the medicine gets through me and does the job, that's when I'll be home.”
It was tough too sharing the news with friends like 12-year-old Colin Gillespie.
“If I've learned anything from watching my buddy Colin Gillespie, from Colin’s Army,” Stu said on Facebook, “it's that cancer can be beaten.”
Colin was diagnosed with lymphoma in April. Stu has become one of his biggest boosters.
Colin was overcome with emotion, trying to do an interview with CTV Ottawa.
“It’s too much, it’s too much,” he cried.
“Because Stu is such a good friend to you, isn’t he?” his mother Laurie added.
Every 25 minutes another Canadian is diagnosed with a cancer of the blood. Craig Peleshok got the news in 2008 and understands the struggle that lies ahead for his friend Stu.
“Stay strong and stay positive,” he told Stu, “that's 90% of the battle is your mental state and positive thinking. So stay strong bud.”
Exactly what Stu plans to do.
“Darn right we are going to beat this. We will beat this,” he says.
Stu will be in hospital for about three or four weeks, undergoing transfusions, then chemotherapy. He is overwhelmed with the messages he's received on Facebook and Twitter and says they keep him going.
Entire city behind you @StuntmanStu ... ✊— Andrew King (@twitandrewking) February 16, 2016
Best wishes from all of us.
All the best to @StuntmanStu in his battle against leukemia. Our thoughts are with you, Stu.— Bob McKenzie (@TSNBobMcKenzie) February 16, 2016