Folks, Larry Mantle posted on Friday that his friend and KPCC's longtime morning anchor Steve Julian is facing a "serious health issue." Steve has been off the air for two weeks, and the post includes a note from his wife, Felicia.
"On the day before Thanksgiving, Steve and I were informed that he had a large mass on the left side of his thalamus. We have since worked feverishly to determine if we could get it out of him safely and what his treatment options were. We have here in LA some of the most skilled surgeons in the country and tried to find the best path, hopeful for something we could call good news.
"Doctors are not gods. And it was revealed to us that removal is not the best course to preserve his quality of life.
"The plan is to do a biopsy... While we have the best doctors and the best team, it is still a risky procedure due to the location of the tumor. We need to find out what kind of tumor we are confronting. The pathology will tell us how to best treat it."
There is a GiveForward link to help out.
Many will remember that for many years, Steve Julian and Mark Lacter had a Tuesday morning conversation about business and the news on KPCC. When Mark passed away in 2013, Steve had me on the air that first Tuesday to remember our mutual colleague.