Bob Dole, former Kansas Senator and 1996 Republican presidential candidate, said Thursday he had stage 4 lung cancer

“I was recently diagnosed with stage four lung cancer. My first treatment will begin on Monday,” 97-year-old Dole said in a statement

“While I certainly have some hurdles ahead of me, I also know I join millions of Americans who are facing significant health challenges themselves,” added Dole,

Dole served as US. Senator from Kansas from 1969 to 1996 and served as both majority and minority Senate leader throughout his long career. He was the GOP presidential candidate in 1996, losing to Bill Clinton

He previously served in the House, representing a large district that spanned the western half of the state. He was also Gerald Ford’s deputy in the 1976 election, which they lost

Dole served with honors in the army during World War II and was seriously injured while fighting in Italy

After stepping down from the Senate in 1996, Dole emerged as an unlikely political celebrity and product endorser, participating in famous television commercials for brands such as Viagra, Dunkin Donuts, and Pepsi

In 1997, Clinton awarded Dole the President’s Medal of Freedom, and in 2018, Congress awarded him the Congressional Gold Medal.Both awards are the highest civilian honors in the U.S.

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