U.S. Sen. John McCain, who has battled a deadly form of brain cancer for more than a year, is ending medical treatment, his office said in a statement Friday. Sen. John McCain to discontinue medical treatment, family says:
The six-term senator from Arizona and 2008 Republican presidential nominee has been battling glioblastoma cancer from his home near Sedona since December. [This is the same cancer that took the life of Senator Edward Kennedy (D-MA) in 2009.] His family and a team of caregivers have cared for McCain, 81, ever since.
Washington, D.C. – The McCain family released the following statement today:
“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. With his usual strength of will, he has now chosen to discontinue medical treatment. Our family is immensely grateful for the support and kindness of all his caregivers over the last year, and for the continuing outpouring of concern and affection from John’s many friends and associates, and the many thousands of people who are keeping him in their prayers. God bless and thank you all.”
The senator’s wife, Cindy, expressed her gratitude for those who have helped in her husband’s treatment. They have been married for 37 years.
“I love my husband with all of my heart,” she wrote on Twitter. “God bless everyone who has cared for my husband along this journey.”
McCain’s daughter, Meghan, also thanked supporters for the “love and generosity” they have shown her family over the past year.
“We could not have made it this far without you — you’ve given us strength to carry on.”
McCain’s 82nd birthday is on Aug. 29.
I wish Senator McCain a peaceful passing, and offer condolences to his wife and family.
The consequences of his passing can wait until another day.