“I Have Been Diagnosed With Lung Cancer,” Peter Jennings Tells ABC Staffers

By Brian 

As released by ABC News this morning, Peter Jennings sent the following e-mail to staffers:

“Dear All — Forgive me the group mailing — but it seems the easiest way to tell a lot of people I care for … about a change in my life.

I have been diagnosed with lung cancer. Yes, it was quite a surprise.

As you all know, this is a challenge. I begin chemo-therapy next week. I will continue to do the broadcast. There will be good days and bad, which means that some days I may be cranky and some days really cranky! Almost 10 million Americans are living with cancer. I am sure I will learn from them how to cope with the facts of life that none of us anticipated. In all the years I have worked here I have had the most outstanding support from this news division.

Hundreds of you have been like family. It feels good to have such a family right now.