ESPN founder Bill Rasmussen announced Monday he’s battling Parkinson’s disease in an essay on the company’s website.
Rasmussen, 86, co-founded ESPN in 1979 alongside his son, Scott. He said he was diagnosed with the disease in 2014 but chose to share his condition now on a public platform in an effort to help others. Nearly 1 million people in the U.S. will be affected by the disease by 2020, according to parkinson.org.
“Now, by expanding the circle, by sharing my experiences, my hope is that I can help others who are impacted by Parkinson’s and we’ll all learn more together,” Rasmussen wrote.
Rasmussen will throw out the ceremonial first pitch alongside current ESPN president Jimmy Pitaro on Sept. 8 at Fenway Park when the Boston Red Sox host the New York Yankees.
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