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Brendan Kuty - August 2023
Pete Stendel's resume as a TV sports cameraman includes the Olympics, Super Bowls, World Series on top of regularly capturing Yankees and Mets games for decades. On July 5th, a stray ball hit him above his left eyebrow, cracking his orbital bone. What most people didn't know at the time was he had a surgery scheduled on July 24th to remove his prostate after an elevated PSA in January turned into an aggressive cancer.
He chose not to disclose his cancer diagnosis or surgery plans to anyone at work, but decided to speak about it when the July 5th incident was getting a lot of attention in the press. "Even if there’s just one more guy out there who says, ‘I’m going to get my PSA numbers checked, too,’ then it’s worth it,” he said. “If it can happen to Pete Stendel, it can happen to the guy next door."
Despite the eye injury, Stendel was able to have a successful prostatectomy as planned. But the concurrent health events made recovery more complicated. A man who is used to following the action had to stay home and rest. He's seeing an ophthalmologist soon who will give him a better sense of when he can return to work, something he can't wait to do.
Read more of Stendel's story here.
Original source: theathletic.com