Support Comes From Republicans And Democrats As Sen. McCain Announces He is Discontinuing Treatment.
Arizona Republican Sen. John McCain has decided to stop treatment for his rare form of brain cancer, his family announced on Twitter on Friday.
Meghan McCain, the daughter of the 81-year-old senator and co host of ABC’s “The View,” first announced her father’s decision in a statement on Twitter.
“My family is deeply appreciative of all the love and generosity you have shown us during this past year. Thank you for all your continued support and prayers. We could not have made it this far without you – you’ve given us strength to carry on,” she wrote with a statement from her dad’s office.
My family is deeply appreciative of all the love and generosity you have shown us during this past year. Thank you for all your continued support and prayers. We could not have made it this far without you – you've given us strength to carry on. pic.twitter.com/KuAQSASoa7
— Meghan McCain (@MeghanMcCain) August 24, 2018
“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,” the statement read.
The senator’s wife, Cindy McCain, made her own announcement on Twitter. “I love my husband with all of my heart. God bless everyone who has cared for my husband along this journey,” she wrote.
Sen. McCain has been praised as a war hero after being captured and tortured during the Vietnam War and denying his own release from his POW prison unless the Vietnam government also allowed his fellow platoon members to come home. He willingly stayed in his prison and continued being tortured and having his bones broken to stick by his fellow soldiers.
Tributes to Sen. McCain from Republicans and Democrats have been made since the announcement.
John McCain is going to finish the race the way he has done everything in his life, his way and on his terms. May God bless him & his family as he completes the final leg of his inspiring and heroic journey. https://t.co/agocouXj2N
— Marco Rubio (@marcorubio) August 24, 2018
Very sad to hear this morning’s update from the family of our dear friend @SenJohnMcCain. We are so fortunate to call him our friend and colleague. John, Cindy, and the entire McCain family are in our prayers at this incredibly difficult hour.
— Leader McConnell (@senatemajldr) August 24, 2018
No man this century better exemplifies honor, patriotism, service,
sacrifice, and country first than Senator John McCain. His heroism
inspires, his life shapes our character. I am blessed and humbled by
— Mitt Romney (@MittRomney) August 24, 2018
Senator John McCain is a warrior in every sense of the word. To an inspiring man and a loving family, our thoughts are with you.
— Rep. Joe Kennedy III (@RepJoeKennedy) August 24, 2018
My prayers are with John McCain and his family as they go through this difficult time. Sen. McCain is and always has been a man of boundless courage and profound conviction. America is forever grateful.
— Tom Perez (@TomPerez) August 24, 2018
God bless John McCain, his family, and all who love him — a brave man showing us once again what the words grace and grit really mean. https://t.co/9aiLxCF24E
— John Kerry (@JohnKerry) August 24, 2018
A hero & warrior, a wonderful public servant & friend, John McCain is truly a towering model of patriotism, & our hearts are with him & his family during these difficult days.
— Richard Blumenthal (@SenBlumenthal) August 24, 2018
They just don't make 'em like John McCain anymore. For 60 years, he has served our country. As a man in uniform. As a maverick leader always seeking common ground. As a committee chairman dedicating his work to serving our troops and veterans. We love you, John. We're with you.
— Tim Kaine (@timkaine) August 24, 2018
Senator John McCain has always been a fighter, a patriot, and a dedicated father and husband. I want to extend my thoughts and prayers to him and his family, and I wish him nothing but the best. I know his courageous spirit will lead him.
— Elijah E. Cummings (@RepCummings) August 24, 2018
My husband Tom & I are praying for John McCain, Cindy, and their family. He is a great friend and a true American hero.
— Sen. Susan Collins (@SenatorCollins) August 24, 2018
John McCain personifies service to our country. The whole House is keeping John and his family in our prayers during this time.
— Paul Ryan (@SpeakerRyan) August 24, 2018
My thoughts and prayers are with Senator McCain and his family. https://t.co/cqHXdjJntj
— Chuck Schumer (@SenSchumer) August 24, 2018