Politicians, celebrities, constituents, and fans send support to John Lewis after cancer diagnosis

The 79-year-old congressman and civil rights icon announced his diagnosis on Sunday

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John Lewis Stage IV Cancer Diagnosis
Rep. John Lewis stands in the U.S. Capitol in October before the funeral for Rep. Elijah Cummings.

Photograph by Pablo Martinez Monsivais-Pool/Getty Images

On Sunday, U.S. Representative John Lewis announced that he has been diagnosed with stage 4 pancreatic cancer. The 79-year-old civil rights icon and representative for Atlanta’s 5th Congressional District said in a statement, “I’ve been in some kind of fight—for freedom, equality, basic human rights—for nearly my entire life. I have never faced a fight quite like this one.” Lewis said he intends to stay in office as he undergoes treatment. “I may miss a few votes during this period, but with God’s grace I will be back out on the front lines soon.”

Shortly after the statement was released, constituents, fellow politicians, celebrities, and other fans of Democratic congressman took to Twitter to send support and share favorite stories about Lewis. Here’s a sampling of what was said:

https://twitter.com/rjnietubyc/status/1211501831735717888?s=20

https://twitter.com/RodRoob/status/1211657156929429504?s=20

https://twitter.com/mstewartsloan/status/1211438674321301509?s=20

https://twitter.com/TinaRussell309/status/1211667638373486593?s=20

https://twitter.com/TheRickyDavila/status/1211512799672750081?s=20

https://twitter.com/Kokomothegreat/status/1211435360204591106?s=20

https://twitter.com/JoyAnnReid/status/1211429962185617413?s=20

https://twitter.com/HamillHimself/status/1211459595421405184?s=20

 

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