Support pours in for Congressman John Lewis following news of his cancer diagnosis
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.
If there’s one thing I love about @RepJohnLewis, it’s his incomparable will to fight. I know he’s got a lot more of… https://t.co/5prseTALoX— Barack Obama (@Barack Obama)1577665996.0
This hit me very, very hard. I don’t know anyone living who has done more to make this country a democracy for ALL… https://t.co/OYd73oQQmx— Ida Bae Wells (@Ida Bae Wells)1577661676.0
I am praying for my dear friend John Lewis. This may be a new fight - but I know that we will soon add this to the… https://t.co/Hax9i0OX6P— Lucy McBath (@Lucy McBath)1577672882.0
One of my favorite things at the start of every new Congress has been catching freshmen seeing, then meeting, John… https://t.co/UB0orPZfF7— Phil Mattingly (@Phil Mattingly)1577662038.0
Last year I got to ask @repjohnlewis to record a brief video message for my little sister, who had been learning ab… https://t.co/jO8k3IcKRU— Elijah Jacob Mears (@Elijah Jacob Mears)1577666878.0
We are thinking of you and praying for you, @repjohnlewis. We will carry you in our hearts as you have carried u… https://t.co/gfP1dBuhiD— Kasim Reed (@Kasim Reed)1577669026.0
.@repjohnlewis is America’s conscience and Georgia’s heart. We stand with him as he fights one more battle - to def… https://t.co/MUSSAKvHdy— Stacey Abrams (@Stacey Abrams)1577664820.0
I saw this tweet by John Lewis at a time in my life when I was in despair. He lifted me. Now it our turn to lift hi… https://t.co/FJlCwKVCzE— Tina Gray-Russell (@Tina Gray-Russell)1577719051.0
Tonight’s reading — a book that changed my life — the memoirs of a towering figure in American history and a legend… https://t.co/MYPvy39SbY— Jon Ossoff (@Jon Ossoff)1577662953.0
If there’s anyone with the strength and courage to fight this, it’s you, John. Hillary and I love you, and we join… https://t.co/xi3NiWjsLP— Bill Clinton (@Bill Clinton)1577661689.0
From Selma to Capitol Hill, Rep. John Lewis has always been a moral compass for our nation. As he embarks on his ne… https://t.co/5PM8Se67Yb— Mayor Lori Lightfoot (@Mayor Lori Lightfoot)1577669081.0