Former President Obama offered his support to Rep. John Lewis on Sunday after the congressman announced he has pancreatic cancer.
“If there’s one thing I love about @RepJohnLewis, it’s his incomparable will to fight,” Obama tweeted. “I know he’s got a lot more of that left in him. Praying for you, my friend.”
Former President Bill Clinton also sent his encouragement to Lewis, tweeting that “If there’s anyone with the strength and courage to fight this, it’s you, John. Hillary and I love you, and we join with millions of other Americans in praying for you and your family.
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi sent her best wishes as well, writing on Twitter that “we are all praying for you following this diagnosis. John, know that generations of Americans have you in their thoughts & prayers as you face this fight. We are all praying that you are comfortable. We know that you will be well.
Among those sending their thoughts from the other side of the aisle was former Republican Sen. Johnny Isakson, who tweeted that he was "Praying for my friend, @repjohnlewis as he begins his fight against cancer. They don’t make them stronger or braver, and I’m confident he will take on this challenge as he has every other he’s faced: with courage and determination fueled by his strong faith."
In his announcement, Lewis, 79, said he must undergo treatment for Stage IV pancreatic cancer and that he plans to return to Washington soon to continue his work in Congress and begin a treatment plan, The Hill reported.
Lewis, who rose to prominence during the Civil Rights Movement and was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom in 2010 by Obama, has been serving in Congress since 1987.
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