Angie Mentink has been a long-time anchor and host on Root Sports Northwest. On Wednesday night, she announced that she has breast cancer:

It certainly took a lot of people by surprise and it led to an outpouring of support:

That was just a small sampling. She also mentioned her diagnosis on the air. But after going through the tweets, Mentink responded:

Mentink has been with Root Sports dating back to 1997 when it was known as Fox Sports Northwest and stayed when it changed ownership from Fox to DirecTV and eventually AT&T. She also was seen on Fox Sports Detroit when the channel aired a nightly sports news program. As you can see from the reaction, she’s built a loyal following.

In addition to hosting the Mariners broadcasts on Root Sports, Mentink has also covered the Seahawks for the channel.

There’s no word on whether Mentink will continue her on-air work on Root Sports when she starts treatment for her cancer, but she certainly will be in everyone’s thoughts.

Mentink has certainly dealt a tough hand, but she’ll have the support of viewers, the Mariners, Root Sports and her family over the next few months. Hopefully, she’ll be able to beat the cancer and continue to be on the air for many years to come.

[Angie Mentink Twitter]

About Ken Fang

Ken has been covering the sports media in earnest at his own site, Fang's Bites since May 2007 and at Awful Announcing since March 2013.

He provides a unique perspective having been an award-winning radio news reporter in Providence and having worked in local television.

Fang celebrates the four Boston Red Sox World Championships in the 21st Century, but continues to be a long-suffering Cleveland Browns fan.