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VIDEO: Cleveland Browns share special message for 3News' Jim Donovan as treatment for leukemia continues

In the video, numerous Browns' players, including Deshaun Watson, Myles Garrett and Joel Bitonio, shared their thoughts and prayers for Jimmy.

CLEVELAND — Following Sunday's Browns-Bengals game, 3News sports anchor and 'Voice of the Cleveland Browns' Jim Donovan announced that he would be going on medical leave from WKYC and his Browns Radio Network duties as his treatment for leukemia continues. 

Taking to X (formerly Twitter) on Wednesday, the Cleveland Browns released a special message for Jim as he continues to battle cancer. 

"Thinking about you, buddy. I know you are going through a tough time, but tough times don't last and tough people do. Just know that we are with you 100% every step of the way, just like you are with us every step of the way," said Cleveland Browns head coach Kevin Stefanski. 

In the video, numerous Browns players — including Deshaun Watson, Jeremiah Owusu-Koramoah, Joel Bitonio, Greg Newsome, Wyatt Teller, David Njoku and Myles Garrett — shared their thoughts and prayers for Donovan. 

"Wishing you the best of luck and I can't wait to hear your voice on the radio again. I know you are fighting through this and we all got your back. Can't wait to see you again," said Bitonio in the video. 

The full video can be watched below: 

After being diagnosed with chronic lymphocytic leukemia (CLL) in 2000, Donovan began a decade-long battle with the disease that ultimately resulted in a bone marrow transplant in the summer of 2011. Since then, he has been closely monitoring his condition.

About a year and a half ago, Donovan said he noticed something was amiss with his health. "My concerns were confirmed to me and it was told to me that I had a relapse of leukemia," he said this past May.

As he began a more aggressive treatment plan earlier this year, Jimmy decided to announce his leukemia relapse once his hair began falling out.

"The goal is: got to get better, got to get healthy, got to move on. I know the deal, I've done it before, and I plan to do it once again," Jimmy explained. "Through all of this, I will be here at Channel 3 and on the radio as much as I can be, but there will be periods of time that I might not be with you, maybe for a day, maybe for longer."


3News' Dave DeNatale contributed to this report. 

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