Civil Rights Icon Rep. John Lewis To Seek Treatment For Stage IV Pancreatic Cancer

Nashville Public Library Awards Civil Right Icon Congressman John Lewis Literary Award on November 19, 2016 in Nashville, Tennessee.
NASHVILLE, TN - NOVEMBER 19: Congressman John Lewis chats with addresses audience attending Nashville Public Library Award to Civil Rights Icon Congressman John Lewis - Literary Award on November 19, 2016 in Nashvil... NASHVILLE, TN - NOVEMBER 19: Congressman John Lewis chats with addresses audience attending Nashville Public Library Award to Civil Rights Icon Congressman John Lewis - Literary Award on November 19, 2016 in Nashville, Tennessee. (Photo by Rick Diamond/Getty Images) MORE LESS
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December 30, 2019 9:48 a.m.

Rep. John Lewis (D-GA) announced Sunday that he is seeking treatment after being diagnosed with stage IV pancreatic cancer.

“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,” he said in a statement. “So I have decided to do what I know to do and do what I have always done: I am going to fight it and keep fighting for the Beloved Community. We still have many bridges to cross.”

Lewis intends to return to D.C. to seek treatment.

Messages of support soon rolled in for the veteran lawmaker and civil rights icon who had his skull fractured during the 1965 march on Selma, Alabama.

From House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA):

From former President Barack Obama:

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