Republican Senator of Arizona John McCain, who turns 82 on August 29th, was diagnosed with a rare form of brain cancer in 2017. Since his diagnosis went public last summer, the senator has had to undergo several treatments including surgeries, chemotherapy, and even taking brief time away from his political duties.
In a heavily politically-divided country, McCain’s cancer battle was one rare event that led to an overwhelming amount of love and support from both sides of the political spectrum. Republicans and Democrats alike prayed for the senator and sent their well wishes over to him and his family.
On Friday, August 24th, a sad health update regarding McCain’s cancer was released to the public. The family revealed that McCain decided to discontinue medical treatment.
"Last summer, Senator John McCain shared with Americans the news our family already knew: he had been diagnosed with an aggressive glioblastoma, and the prognosis was serious. In the year since, John has surpassed expectations for his survival. But the progress of the disease and the inexorable advance of age render their verdict. With his usual strength of will, he has now chosen to discontinue medical treatment," the family said in a statement.
The unexpected news drew in support from countless fans, other politicians, and religious leaders. Franklin Graham, the son of legendary Rev. Billy Graham, was one of many who urged prayer for Senator McCain.
“Senator John McCain has served our nation faithfully many years—I’m sure he and his family would appreciate our prayers,” Graham said in a statement.
Mitt Romney, Phil Bredesen, and Doug Ford were among those who also expressed their kind and encouraging words for Mr. McCain.
Please continue to pray for Senator McCain and his family. In other recent news, heartbreaking news was also revealed about TV legend and Golden Globe Winner Tim Conway.