John Lewis, a civil rights Icon & Democratic Rep. announced that he was recently diagnosed with stage four pancreatic cancer Sunday evening. 

“I have been in some kind of fight — for freedom, equality, basic human rights — for nearly my entire life. I have never faced a fight quite like the one I have now,” the 79-year-old said in a statement reported by CNN.

“This month in a routine medical visit, and subsequent tests, doctors discovered Stage IV pancreatic cancer. This diagnosis has been reconfirmed,” he said.

“While I am clear-eyed about the prognosis, doctors have told me that recent medical advances have made this type of caner treatable in many cases, that treatment options are no longer as debilitating as they once were, and that I have a fighting chance,” he continued.

We will update you as details of this breaking story continue to emerge Roommates. Our thoughts are with John Lewis and all of his loved ones during this time.