‘I have some hurdles ahead’: 97-year-old Bob Dole announces cancer diagnosis

A longtime GOP official has just revealed a serious medical diagnosis, and acknowledged “some hurdles” he will be facing as a result.

Former U.S. senator and 1996 Republican presidential nominee Bob Dole shared in a tweet on Thursday that he has been diagnosed with stage 4 lung cancer.

“I join millions of Americans”

He went on to note that he is set to begin treatment on Monday.

“While I certainly have some hurdles ahead, I also know that I join millions of Americans who face significant health challenges of their own,” Dole wrote.

The prognosis for such a disease is often dire and Dole’s announcement came just days after conservative radio host Rush Limbaugh died following a roughly yearlong battle with lung cancer. Limbaugh was nearly three decades younger than the 97-year-old former senator.

Of course, Dole has built a reputation as a tough fighter through decades in military and political service. During World War II, he suffered a serious injury that left his arms permanently disabled.

After that devastating injury, medical experts feared he would never be able to walk again and he nearly died after contracting pneumonia.

“Only to come back strong and sharp”

He has suffered a number of other life-threatening issues but has lived to tell about them, as Quin Hillyer wrote for the Washington Examiner.

Since his war injury about 75 years ago, Hillyer explained that Dole “also has survived an abdominal aortic aneurysm and numerous other serious health scares, only to come back strong and sharp.”

For his heroism and sacrifice in battle, Dole received the Congressional Gold Medal and two Purple Hearts. After leaving the military, he was first elected in 1961 to represent Kansas in the U.S. House of Representatives, where he served four terms before mounting a successful Senate bid.

During his time as a senator, he served as both the GOP National Committee chairman and the chamber’s minority leader.

In 1976, he was chosen as President Gerald Ford’s running mate and mounted two of his own presidential campaigns in the 1980s, but failed to receive his party’s nomination. In 1996, he was the GOP pick, but lost to President Bill Clinton. As the Examiner pointed out, his political experience gives him the dubious honor of being the first candidate to receive the vice-presidential and presidential nomination by a major party without a victory in either role.

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