By Maria Saporta
Arthur Blank, owner of the Atlanta Falcons and co-founder of the Home Depot, disclosed in an exclusive interview Tuesday that he has been diagnosed with curable prostate cancer.
Blank, 73, said that after multiple visits with different cancer specialists and hospitals around the country, he has opted to have surgery later this month.
“For my age, I’m in fairly good shape,” Blank said. “So on the positive side, I’m a good candidate for surgery.”
Blank said that from all the tests, the doctors believe the cancer is contained and that “removing the cancer physically is the best way to treat it.”
He said he expects it will take a couple of weeks to recover from the surgery, so it would be equivalent to him taking a vacation. No other additional treatment – radiation or chemo or hormonal therapy – is planned as of now.
Blank said he is looking forward to putting this behind him and continuing his active lifestyle. It also will not impact his plans to marry his fiancé, Angela Macuga, later this year.
Coincidentally, Blank had decided last year, many months before he found out he had prostate cancer, to step back from running his day-to-day business interests. He named Steve Cannon, the former president of Mercedes-Benz USA, to be CEO of the AMB Group LLC. Cannon started working with Blank a week ago.
“I have got a lot of comfort knowing all the businesses are being well run,” Blank said, adding that he is looking forward to continued involvement in all his businesses and philanthropic endeavors “for years to come.”
Blank, who would have preferred to have kept the information private, said that wasn’t realistic. So he decided it would be best for him to tell his business associates, friends and the general public about the cancer so they could have the accurate information.
Atlanta Business Chronicle will have the complete exclusive interview with Arthur Blank in Friday’s edition.