Bob Dole, former Republican Senator and 1996 presidential candidate, announced Thursday that he was diagnosed with stage 4 lung cancer at the age of 97.
Dole reveals cancer diagnosis
In a brief statement, Dole said he was only recently diagnosed and that he will start treatment next Monday.
"While I certainly have some hurdles ahead of me, I also know I join millions of Americans who are facing significant health challenges themselves," he said.
STATEMENT BY SENATOR BOB DOLE ON HEALTH CHALLENGES pic.twitter.com/ndRxqNWb30
– Senator Bob Dole (@SenatorDole) February 18, 2021
Entertainment Tonight reported that Dole was born in Russell, Kansas, and represented the state in Congress for 36 years before stepping down in 1996 to run for president against Democratic President Bill Clinton.
He had previously tried unsuccessfully to win the GOP presidential candidacy in both 1980 and 1988, and he had been Gerald Ford's vice-president when he lost to Jimmy Carter in the 1976 election.
Health care reform was a key platform for Dole's presidential campaign as he vowed to “find ways to make health care more accessible and affordable for all Americans” and “to ensure that people changing jobs are not or are losing their coverage are exposed to existing state restrictions. " , ”According to Politico.
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After losing the race in 1996, Dole stayed involved in Republican politics by commenting on things and offering endorsements. During his tenure in Congress, he became famous for speaking sharp and being able to easily reach legislative treaties.
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Dole's military service
While serving as platoon leader in the army during World War II, Dole was injured in 1945 when he attacked a German position in northern Italy. He was hit by a fragment of a grenade that crushed two vertebrae and paralyzed his arms and legs. Dole spent three years in a hospital to recover, and he was never able to use his right hand again.
Although Dole left the Army as a captain, Congress approved a promotion to colonel for him in 2019. For his military service, Dole received two Purple Hearts and two Bronze Stars.
Dole was instrumental in creating the World War II Memorial in the National Mall, speaking to tens of thousands of his veterans in the eighties and nineties during the inauguration in 2004, what he called "our last reunion."
Dole has been married to his wife Elizabeth for 46 years. Our thoughts and prayers are with him as he begins his cancer battle.
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This piece was written by James Samson on February 18, 2021. It originally appeared in LifeZette and is used with permission.
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