News broke Friday morning that Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) had decided to discontinue medical treatment for his brain cancer.
For the 81-year-old longtime political influencer, presidential candidate, and Vietnam veteran, his move signaled that he believes his time on earth is rapidly coming to a close. His family detailed his decision in a statement:
“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."
His wife Cindy wrote simply on Twitter, “I love my husband with all of my heart. God bless everyone who has cared for my husband along this journey.”
His daughter, conservative commentator and “The View” co-host Meghan McCain, shared her gratitude with the people who have supported her family through this struggle, writing, “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.”
CNN host Jake Tapper tweeted a question he asked the Sen. McCain a year ago when politician shared details of his terminal battle with cancer:
“I hope I don’t run this clip for another 50 years, but how do you want the American people to remember you,” Tapper asked him.
Sen. McCain replied, “He served his country. And not always right. He made a lot of mistakes. Made a lot of errors. But served his country, and I hope we can add, honorably.”
Our prayers go out to Sen. McCain and his family during this difficult time.