Longtime Sacramento sports anchor Gary Gelfand has been on medical leave since being diagnosed with leukemia several weeks ago, Fox40 announced in a Facebook post Tuesday morning.
Gelfand was previously diagnosed with acute myeloid leukemia in 2009, according to a Lincoln golf tournament established in his name, but returned to air after the cancer went into remission. Fox40 news director Monika Diaz said the same cancer is back, and the station has no timetable of when they expect Gelfand to return to work.
Fox40 is asking viewers to register with Be The Match to increase Gelfand’s odds of finding a viable bone marrow donor, the next step in his treatment.
A co-host of Studio40Live alongside Lori Wallace, Gelfand has reported out of Sacramento since 1996, aside from a two-year break anchoring CNN Sports Illustrated in Atlanta. He hosts a mixed martial arts talk show called “The MMAXX,” which frequently features guests such as local sports personality Carmichael Dave and retired UFC fighter Urijah Faber.
Gelfand was featured as a sportscaster in the 2002 film “The Sum of All Fears,” starring Ben Affleck and Morgan Freeman. He grew up in Illinois and graduated from Arizona State University, according to his Facebook profile.