On Wednesday, Arizona senator, former Republican nominee for President, and American hero, John McCain, was diagnosed with a primary glioblastoma, an aggressive type of brain tumor. It’s the same type of tumor that afflicts lead singer of The Tragically Hip, Gord Downie.
Late last week, McCain underwent surgery to remove a blood clot at Mayo Clinic Hospital in Phoenix. The proceeding lab results revealed the presence of the cancer.
Wednesday night, the Arizona Coyotes tweeted out a tribute to the 80-year-old senator.
— Arizona Coyotes (@ArizonaCoyotes) July 20, 2017
The message was tweeted by Steve Patterson, the president and CEO of the Arizona Coyotes.
McCain is receiving the kind words from the Coyotes because he’s a longtime hockey fan and ardent supporter of the team. The senator would frequently tweet during games and share opinions about the team’s moves.
— John McCain (@SenJohnMcCain) November 10, 2013
— John McCain (@SenJohnMcCain) November 13, 2013
— John McCain (@SenJohnMcCain) November 15, 2013
#Coyotes win again – they sure know how to win ugly
— John McCain (@SenJohnMcCain) February 12, 2013
— John McCain (@SenJohnMcCain) March 25, 2014
— John McCain (@SenJohnMcCain) May 5, 2016
— John McCain (@SenJohnMcCain) February 7, 2017
— John McCain (@SenJohnMcCain) July 11, 2017
McCain has also been spotted at many games at Gila River Arena.
— Ashley Flood (@AshleynFlood) March 12, 2017
— Patrick Lauder (@phxpatrick) March 29, 2016
— NHLgif (@NHLgif_) December 30, 2015
— Arizona Coyotes (@ArizonaCoyotes) December 30, 2015
The Coyotes even gave out bobbleheads of McCain wearing an Arizona Coyotes jersey.
— Bill Gentz (@air44bg) January 12, 2016
Via CNN, McCain has already received words of support and encouragement from the last two Presidents of the United States.
“Senator John McCain has always been a fighter,” President Donald Trump said in a statement. “Melania and I send our thoughts and prayers to Senator McCain, Cindy, and their entire family. Get well soon.”
Former President Barack Obama, McCain’s 2008 presidential campaign opponent, tweeted his support.
“Cancer doesn’t know what it’s up against. Give it hell, John,” the 44th president wrote.
McCain’s daughter Meghan penned a beautiful statement.
— Meghan McCain (@MeghanMcCain) July 20, 2017
RMNB’s Chris Gordon, a personal friend of McCain’s who worked for him on Capitol Hill, extended his support.
Shaken. But my former boss is nothing but not a fighter. And a great and decent man. https://t.co/NPxWoVydsv
— Chris Gordon (@Chris_Gordon) July 20, 2017
For more information about McCain’s condition, Dr. Sanjay Gupta has a great explainer with CNN’s Anderson Cooper.
Headline photo: Norm Hall
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