John Lewis, 79 years old and in his 17th term representing Georgia’s 5th district – after a genuinely iconic career as a front-line fighter for civil rights – announced today that he has stage 4 pancreatic cancer.

What terrible, sad news.

Political differences aside (they shouldn’t mean a thing here), I am rooting very hard for Rep. Lewis to wage a successful fight against this particularly difficult form of cancer.

And regardless of your political views, I hope you’ll join me in the rooting section.

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