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Representative John Lewis revealed he has been undergoing treatment for stage 4 pancreatic cancer.

In a statement, the 79-year-old Democratic congressman said:

While I am clear-eyed about the prognosis, doctors have told me that recent medical advances have made this type of cancer treatable in many cases, that treatment options are no longer as debilitating as they once were, and that I have a fighting chance.

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.

I may miss a few votes during this period, but with God’s grace I will be back on the front lines soon.

The outpouring of love, support, and prayers for Rep. Lewis poured in on social media from everyone including my forever POTUS Barack Obama and many others.

Please send up prayers for Rep. John Lewis.

Source: CBS News