Former U.S. Senator Bob Dole has announced that he has been diagnosed with stage 4 lung cancer.
97-year-old Dole released a short statement saying, “While I certainly have some hurdles ahead, I also know that I join millions of Americans who face significant health challenges of their own.”
STATEMENT BY SENATOR BOB DOLE ON HEALTH CHALLENGES pic.twitter.com/ndRxqNWb30— Senator Bob Dole (@SenatorDole) February 18, 2021
Bob Dole represented the state of Kansas for 36 years before resigning to run against Bill Clinton in 1996’s presidential election. In January 2018, Dole was awarded the Congressional Gold Medal, the highest civilian honor bestowed by Congress.
“In hearing (Dole’s) story they will truly learn what it means to be a great American,” Trump said at the medal ceremony. “Bob, that is the legacy that you have left our nation and it will outlive us all.” According to CNN.
The former senator’s announcement comes a day after conservative talk show pioneer Rush Limbaugh died following a year-long battle with stage 4 lung cancer.