Sen. John McCain announced this morning that he would discontinue his medical treatment for the brain cancer he has battled for the last year. The statement from McCain's family:
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 disease and the inexorable advance of age render their verdict. With his usual strength of will, he has now chosen to discontinue medical treatment. Our family is immensely grateful for the support and kindness of all his caregivers over the last year, and for the continuing outpouring of concern and affection from John's many friends and associates, and the many thousands of people who are keeping him in their prayers. God bless and thank you all.
Congresswoman Martha McSally, the U.S. Senate candidate who snubbed McCain
while celebrating the signing of the National Defense Authorization Act named for McCain while appearing alongside to McCain nemesis President Donald Trump earlier this month, issued this statement:
John McCain's life has been one of service and sacrifice. His strength and resolve enabled him to endure 5.5 years as a prisoner of war, and to continue to serve his country for decades. I have been praying for Senator McCain and his family during this difficult time, and continue to ask for God's grace and comfort for him and his family.
Ann Kirkpatrick, the former congresswoman who ran against McCain in 2016 and is now seeking a seeking the Democratic nomination in Southern Arizona's Congressional District 2 in next week's primary, issued the following statement:
Arizonans know that there's no one tougher than John McCain. Roger and I are sending our compassion and love to John and Cindy, and their large, loving family.
As the McCain family has faced down an aggressive form of cancer armed with love and bravery, it is worth remembering that millions of Americans held onto their own health coverage as a result of John's courageous vote last summer. He will be in the thoughts of millions of people across America this weekend.