Wednesday, December 5, 2012
Jeff Charles, the voice of the Pirates, recently was diagnosed with colon rectal cancer.
Pirate Radio, which broadcasts Charles’ show “The Morning Drive,” released a statement from the Charles family on Wednesday.
“Jeff Charles has been diagnosed with colon rectal cancer following two emergency surgeries, with the second one (Tuesday),” the statement said.
“No new tumors were found, but however following laboratory testing on the lymph nodes, in a few days we will know more. Jeff is resting but doctors have advised no visitors. He is expected to have a seven- to 10-day hospital stay, barring any additional complications. Jeff, Debbie and Britt very much appreciate all the love and prayers.”
Charles has provided the play-by-play call of East Carolina athletics for the last 25 years.
ECU Director of Athletics Terry Holland said in a statement: “Jeff and Debbie Charles are two very important and longtime members of the East Carolina University athletics family. Debbie is keeping us informed on Jeff’s progress. The best thing all good Pirates can do at this time is to keep Jeff and the Charles family in your prayers, just as members of the athletics department will be doing until Jeff is behind the microphone again. We all look forward to another 25 years with Jeff as the ‘Voice of Pirates.’”
ECU said it only will release updates when permitted by family members.
The Charles family asked that items not be sent to Charles at the hospital but instead to Pirate Radio at P.O. Box 3333, Greenville, N.C., 27836.
— ECU Media Relations
via The Daily Reflector.