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Georgia REP. John Lewis, longtime Congressman and civil rights leader, announced on Sunday he is undergoing treatment for stage 4 pancreatic cancer.
Lewis, a Democrat, has Georgia’s 5th Congressional District, represented for more than 30 years, said the doctors discovered the cancer during a routine visit.
“While I was in the clear eyes on the forecast, the doctors have told me that recent medical advances have made this type of cancer is treatable, in many cases, the treatment options are no longer as debilitating as they once were, and that I have a fighting chance,” Lewis said in a statement.
Rep. John Lewis, D-Ga., here seen announced earlier this month that he was diagnosed with stage 4 pancreatic cancer. (House TV via AP)
But, in spite of the diagnosis, Lewis, 79, said he will continue in Congress. “I’ve decided to do what I know to do and to do what I’ve always done: I will fight and continue to fight for the Beloved community. We still have to cross many bridges.”
Lewis said he will return to Washington in the coming days to begin their work and begin to plan his treatment, “which occur in the course of the next few weeks.”
He acknowledged that he might have a couple of votes this time”, but with the grace of God, I at the front again soon.”
He continued: “Please keep me in your prayers as I begin this journey.”
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A civil rights icon who has marched with Martin Luther King Jr. in 1965 in Selma, Alabama, Lewis as an outspoken critic of President Trump.
Earlier this year, Lewis, a fellow house Democrats joined to condemn in support of a resolution, the President of Trump’s tweets.
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“I stand with a sense of righteous indignation to support this decision. I know racism when I see it. I know racism when I feel it. And at the highest level of government, there is no place for racism,” Lewis said in a speech from the House floor.
“It sows the seeds of violence and destroyed the hopes and dreams of the people. The world is watching. You are shocked and dismayed, because it seems we have lost our way. As a nation, as a proud and great people. We are a Congress. And we are here to serve, a house, the American house, the American people.”
This is a developing story; check back for updates. Fox News’ David Sweet contributed to this report.