Ottawa radio personality Stu Schwartz, known by many as Stuntman Stu, has been diagnosed with leukemia.
“This is a bit of a difficult announcement but I might as well tell you guys this,” he said in a video posted to his Facebook page. “I have leukemia.”
The popular MAJIC 100 host, who posted the message late Monday evening, said he expects to be in hospital for “a couple of weeks.”
Almost immediately there was an outpouring of support as fans took to social media to voice their concern and good wishes.
Sending much love to @StuntmanStu.
Go kick cancer's ass. #Fcancer #StuStrong
— Stroumboulopoulos (@strombo) February 16, 2016
@StuntmanStu you are or prayers as you are always there to support our community during good times and bad. If you need anything please call
— OttawaSalvationArmy (@Salvation_Army) February 16, 2016
.@StuntmanStu Stu, we don't know each other, but from one Algonquin Radio grad to another, stay strong in your fight. We're all with you.
— Brad (@NewsGuyBrad) February 16, 2016
Hey @StuntmanStu, you've got this. #Ottawa and beyond is behind you in this fight.
— Chris Hofley (@chrishofley) February 16, 2016
Schwartz, who co-hosts MAJIC’s morning show with Angie Poirier, is well known in Ottawa. He is the PA announcer for the Ottawa Senators and is also involved in numerous charities. He created Ottawa’s #NoMoreBullies campaign, which brought an anti-bullying message to schools across the city, and has made many appearances on the CHEO Telethon. He has received accolades for his work in broadcasting as well as his contributions to the community.
“I’m doing this, I’m sharing this information with you because I tell you guys everything,” Schwartz said in the video.
Schwartz appeared shaken in the video, but still took time to reassure his fans.
“I’ll keep you guys posted,” he said, ending the message on a positive note. “And we’re going to beat this because other people have in the past and other people will in the future and I’m going to do it, too.”
Schwartz’s wife, MAJIC’s music director Connie Bernardi, sent a confident tweet after the news broke.
We’ve got this. RT @CFRAOttawa #BREAKING MAJIC 100′s @StuntmanStu battling leukemia https://t.co/w7qf15jFMz #ottawa pic.twitter.com/E2C9V3Nef5
— Consuelo Bernardi (@cbernardi) February 16, 2016