Contributing Writer | Telegraph Local
Civil rights icon Rep. John Lewis announced this past Sunday that he has Stage 4 pancreatic cancer. The US Democratic Rep. John Lewis, 79, also added that he will undergo treatment right away for cancer. The Georgia congressman has promised to fight for his life. Rep. John Lewis is one of the most vocal congressmen in Washington D.C., now serving his 17th term as a member of Congress. Rep. John Lewis returns to Washington D.C. in the next few days to begin his treatment.
Pancreatic cancer is the 3rd leading cause of cancer in the United States of America. According to the American Cancer Society, out of 56, 770 to be diagnosed with pancreatic cancer, about 45, 750 will die from it. In 2019, pancreatic cancer will account for 7% of cancer-related deaths. Pancreatic cancer is a type of cancer typically found in the pancreas. While there have been huge advancements in the battle against cancer, the one-year survival rate is 20%. Stage 4 pancreatic cancer is widely known as uncurable. Only 7% of people who are diagnosed with pancreatic cancer live past the 5-year mark, according to the Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center.
Rep. John Lewis was shown a tremendous amount of support on social media. Former President Bill Clinton tweeted, “If there’s anyone with the strength and courage to fight this, it’s you, John. Hillary and I love you, and we join with millions of other Americans in praying for you and your family.” House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said, “John, know that generations of Americans have you in their thoughts & prayers as you face this fight. We are all praying that you are comfortable.” President Barack Obama came out in support of Rep. John Lewis, “If there’s one thing I love about (Rep. John Lewis), it’s his incomparable will to fight. I know he’s got a lot more of that left in him. Praying for you, my friend.”
Rep. John Lewis has been an important figure in Washington D.C. and the Civil Rights movement. The civil rights icon made a name of himself during the height of the civil rights movement. Rep. John Lewis worked alongside Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., even taking place in the March on Washington. He led the protesters in the 1965 Bloody Sunday march. At the age of 25, Rep. John Lewis had his skull fractured after being beaten by police.
The legendary congressman didn’t turn to politics until 1981, being elected to Atlanta City Council. After spending 6 years at the city council level, Rep. John Lewis won a seat in Congress 1986. To many, Rep. John Lewis is known as the “conscience of the Congress”, often the most vocal and understanding of the committee. This past year, Rep. John Lewis has been the most outspoken against President Donald Trump. He has opposed some of President Trump’s acts and policies.