Support pours in for Congressman John Lewis following news of his cancer diagnosis

Support pours in for Congressman John Lewis following news of his cancer diagnosis
Rep. John Lewis, D-Ga., attends the dedication ceremony for the Martin Luther King Jr. National Memorial in Washington, D.C., Sunday, Oct. 16, 2011. Colin Powell, left, and Secretary of Education Arne Duncan are also pictured. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)

Many people returned to the real world Monday to discover that civil rights icon Rep. John Lewis of Georgia has been diagnosed with stage 4 pancreatic cancer. True to form, Lewis pledged to fight the disease with vigor after a lifetime of fighting for causes that benefitted others and moved the nation toward greater equality for all citizens.

“I have been in some kind of fight – for freedom, equality, basic human rights – for nearly my entire life. I have never faced a fight quite like the one I have now," Lewis said in a statement. But doctors have given him a "fighting chance" of beating cancer, Lewis added, "So I have decided to do what I know to do and do what I have always done: I am going to fight it and keep fighting for the Beloved Community. We still have many bridges to cross."

Support for Rep. Lewis and his new fight came from across the nation. Check out some of the touching sentiments below.

Add your name to thank Rep. John Lewis for his leadership in making America a fairer, kinder, more equitable nation for people from all walks of life. 

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