Former President Carter arrives for USS Jimmy Carter change of command
Former President Jimmy Carter is piped aboard during his arrival at the change of command ceremony for USS Jimmy Carter (SSN 23) at Naval Base Kitsap - Bangor. Carter's previous visits to the ship included its christening and commissioning. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Kenneth G. Takada/Released)

Today, for­mer Pres­i­dent Jim­my Carter, who served as Amer­i­ca’s thir­ty-ninth Com­man­der-in-Chief shared some tough news: he’s been diag­nosed with can­cer  and will be spend­ing the next few weeks under­go­ing treatment.

“Recent liv­er surgery revealed that I have can­cer that now is in oth­er parts of my body,” Carter said in a brief state­ment. “I will be rear­rang­ing my sched­ule as nec­es­sary so I can under­go treat­ment by physi­cians at Emory Health­care. A more com­plete pub­lic state­ment will be made when facts are known, pos­si­bly next week.”

Carter, nine­ty, has a his­to­ry of pan­cre­at­ic can­cer in his fam­i­ly.

“Michelle and I send our best wish­es to Pres­i­dent Carter for a fast and full recov­ery,” said Pres­i­dent Barack Oba­ma in a state­ment released by the White House.

“Our thoughts and prayers are with Ros­alynn and the entire Carter fam­i­ly as they face this chal­lenge with the same grace and deter­mi­na­tion that they have shown so many times before,” the Pres­i­dent added. “Jim­my, you’re as resilient as they come, and along with the rest of Amer­i­ca, we are root­ing for you.”

The Pres­i­dent also tele­phoned Pres­i­dent Carter ear­li­er today to express the same sen­ti­ment to him direct­ly, the White House said.

“My thoughts and prayers are with Pres­i­dent Carter and his fam­i­ly,” echoed for­mer Sec­re­tary of State and 2016 Demo­c­ra­t­ic pres­i­den­tial fron­trun­ner Hillary Clin­ton, in a tweet signed “H” to sig­ni­fy it was writ­ten by her and not a mem­ber of her staff.

We join pro­gres­sives around the coun­try in wish­ing Pres­i­dent Carter a full and speedy recov­ery. For many years, he has lent his voice to speak out on behalf of diplo­ma­cy and non­vi­o­lence. He is a great states­man and leader whose pub­lic ser­vice has extend­ed well beyond his pres­i­den­cy. Rec­og­nized for his efforts with the Nobel Peace Prize, he has main­tained an active life for a very long time. As a friend of NPI, Bill Phillips, said today, “We need him around for every year we can have.”

About the author

Andrew Villeneuve is the founder and executive director of the Northwest Progressive Institute, as well as the founder of NPI's sibling, the Northwest Progressive Foundation. He has worked to advance progressive causes for over two decades as a strategist, speaker, author, and organizer. Andrew is also a cybersecurity expert, a veteran facilitator, a delegate to the Washington State Democratic Central Committee, and a member of the Climate Reality Leadership Corps.

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