Jacquie Walker, anchor at Buffalo CBS affiliate WIVB, will take the next few weeks off as she is treated for breast cancer. The Buffalo News reports the cancer was detected early, and Walker plans to return to work in about a month:
The station’s general manager, Rene LaSpina, made Channel 4’s staff aware of Walker’s condition Tuesday when she posted an email from Walker.
Here’s the full statement from Walker, who has been at Channel 4 for 31 years: “To my colleagues here at Channel 4. I wanted to let you know why you are not seeing me in the newsroom this week. I have been diagnosed with breast cancer and I am now being treated by the experts at Roswell Park Cancer Institute. I expect to return to work in a few weeks.
“During Breast Cancer Awareness Week in October, you hear about the importance of early detection and the importance of mammograms. Believe it. I have never missed an annual mammogram, and that is how my cancer was discovered at an early stage.
“My family and I have faith that I will be cured. We ask for your prayers and understanding. We look forward to a healthier New Year, as we continue our lifelong support of those seeking a cure for cancer.”