Health : (MARKET NEWS) – Georgia member of the house of representative, Rep. John Lewis, is not dead but will undergo treatment for stage 4 pancreatic cancer, his office said Sunday.
He learned of the diagnosis this month, after what Lewis, 79, a leading figure of the civil rights movement, described as a “routine medical visit and subsequent tests.”
“While I am clear-eyed about the prognosis, doctors have told me that recent medical advances have made this type of cancer treatable in many cases, that treatment options are no longer as debilitating as they once were, and that I have a fighting chance,” Lewis said in the statement.
People are curious to know the stage 4 pancreatic cancer survival rate, because the black caucus recently lost Rep Elijah Cummings, a member representing Baltimore, Maryland in the federal house.
His fellow house of representative members and the general public took to social media to wish him quick recovery.
.@RepJohnLewis, 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. pic.twitter.com/j7YMUGLPC2
— Nancy Pelosi (@SpeakerPelosi) December 29, 2019
John Lewis is a giant—an icon of the civil rights movement, a leader in Congress and one of the kindest people I know.
I’m praying for a speedy and full recovery. We need you making good trouble in the halls of Congress!
— Ilhan Omar (@IlhanMN) December 29, 2019
John Lewis. Civil rights icon. Conscience of the Congress. Inspiration to millions. Brother to all of humanity. I am devastated to hear of your diagnosis; so grateful for your openness; and ready to cross any bridge with you as we fight on for justice. pic.twitter.com/fwa7syDhQi
— Rep. Andy Levin (@RepAndyLevin) December 30, 2019
So sorry to hear this.
Prayers way up for @repjohnlewis🙏🏽🙏🏽🙏🏽
BREAKING: Civil rights icon Rep. John Lewis says he has Stage IV pancreatic cancer: “I am going to fight it…I may miss a few votes during this period, but with God’s grace I will be back on the front lines soon.” pic.twitter.com/9VjVD1gMpx
— Holly Robinson Peete (@hollyrpeete) December 30, 2019
Very saddened to learn that the great Congressman and Civil Rights Champion, Representative #JohnLewis, has been diagnosed with stage 4 pancreatic cancer.
I am praying for him and encouraged by the knowledge that he is a legendary fighter.
Fight on, sir. pic.twitter.com/2bLNb8Vs2e
— Be A King (@BerniceKing) December 30, 2019
When you see something that is not right, not just, not fair, you have a moral obligation… to do something. Our children and their children will ask us: What did you do?…. We have a mission and a mandate to be on the right side of history. — John Lewis pic.twitter.com/AkWlvi5W9G
— Simran Jeet Singh (@SikhProf) December 30, 2019
“Once people begin to see the similarities between themselves and others, instead of focusing on differences, they come to recognize that equality is essentially a matter of human rights and human dignity.” Congressman John Lewis on same-sex marriage. Praying for him 🙏 pic.twitter.com/oxXbikkWnf
— Guthrie Graves-Fitzsimmons (@GuthrieGF) December 30, 2019
Rep. John Lewis is the heart and soul of our country. His strength and grace have defined our struggle for a most just society. My prayers are with him as he readies for another fight. May we all keep him in our hearts as he has kept us in his. https://t.co/sscAVr8PKo
— Antonio Delgado (@DelgadoforNY19) December 30, 2019
— Maya R. Cummings, Ph.D. (@MayaRockeymoore) December 30, 2019
Regarding John Lewis: There are few in public life today who have reached such fame while also carrying in their very person a kind of spiritual maturity that manifests itself in their very demeanor and physicality. While imperfect, he reminds us of what the good life can be.
— Michael Wear (@MichaelRWear) December 30, 2019