Arizona Republican Sen. John McCain’s family said in a statement that he will discontinue medical treatment for brain cancer.
I love my husband with all of my heart. God bless everyone who has cared for my husband along this journey. pic.twitter.com/v27sEbboii
— Cindy McCain (@cindymccain) August 24, 2018
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 July, McCain was diagnosed with a brain tumor following a procedure to remove a blood clot above his left eye.Brian Snyder/Reuters
.@BretBaier: “If you think of any other figure in American history and political life who has spent his life serving the country, I don’t think you can think of one who has served in as many ways as John McCain and to the extent that he’s served.” https://t.co/bZu1FJDJqb pic.twitter.com/0L0bZMIHcZ
— Fox News (@FoxNews) August 24, 2018
The statement from his family detailed the journey McCain has gone through since his diagnosis:
“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.”
Members of Congress posted their support on Twitter:
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
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
My thoughts and prayers are with Senator McCain and his family. https://t.co/cqHXdjJntj
— Chuck Schumer (@SenSchumer) August 24, 2018
During my time in the Senate, Sen. John McCain has been a colleague & friend. His work & service to our nation is unsurpassed. Very sad to hear of his family’s update this morning & we’re keeping them all in our prayers during this difficult time.
— Senator John Hoeven (@SenJohnHoeven) August 24, 2018
— Doug Ducey (@dougducey) August 24, 2018
Reactions to the news continued about the “hero”:
We love you. Sending prayers and love and strength to your wonderful husband and your family.
— Janice Dean (@JaniceDean) August 24, 2018
John McCain is an American hero, a courageous warrior, a true patriot and a great servant to the American people. There is no denying he loved his country and served it with integrity and dignity. Here is hoping for the best for him and his family.
— F R A N D L E D (@Frandled) August 24, 2018
Meghan, I know we don’t agree on much, but I wish your father, and your family, the best.
— Kathy Griffin (@kathygriffin) August 24, 2018
Your father is a #patriot of the highest order. Americans of all parties & ideologies are grateful for his service.
Strength to your family during this painful time.
— Melissa Jo Peltier (@MelissaJPeltier) 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
After first learning about his diagnosis, McCain returned to the Senate to deliver a speech addressing the need for bipartisanship and to acknowledge senators he’s “known and admired,” Fox News reported:
“Make no mistake, my service here is the most important job I have had in my life. And I am so grateful to the people of Arizona for the privilege—for the honor—of serving here and the opportunities it gives me to play a small role in the history of the country I love,” McCain said. “But they knew that however sharp and heartfelt their disputes, however keen their ambitions, they had an obligation to work collaboratively to ensure the Senate discharged its constitutional responsibilities effectively.”
McCain, 81-years-old, was a prisoner of war in Vietnam, was elected as his party’s presidential nominee in 2008 and served for three decades in Congress.