Prayers Needed: Former U.S. Governor Enters Hospice After Battling Cancer for 8 Years

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April 17, 2019Apr 17, 2019

The former governor of Louisiana Kathleen Blanco is under hospice care. The Louisiana State Legislature announced the sad news on Tuesday, reported local news. 

Blanco was diagnosed with ocular melanoma in 2011. The disease reappeared during a checkup in 2017.

In December 2018, she publicly said there's "no escape" from incurable cancer that has spread throughout her body. However, she is a devout Catholic and she says she's made her peace with the disease.

"I think it's biblical, and I think it's practical that we pray for those that we know and love, that have served us together," Sen. Long said Tuesday.

Legislative pool reporters also say President George W. Bush called Blanco during the recent news of her deteriorating health.

Bush was president when Hurricane Katrina hit Louisiana in 2005. Blanco was serving as governor during the catastrophic storm.

The current Louisiana Governor, John Bel Edwards released a statement after the sad news broke.

He wrote, "Governor Blanco is a woman of incredible strength and abiding faith, a champion for the people of Louisiana who fought fiercely for our state. Donna and I ask that you join your prayers to ours for our dear friend Gov. Blanco, Coach and her family during this very difficult time."

Please pray for Blanco's friends and family during this hard time. May God give them peace and strength. 

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