Biden campaign press secretary TJ Ducklo has been diagnosed with metastatic lung cancer, news he revealed on Saturday.
“Some upsetting news to share & explanation for why I’ve been MIA recently: after a bunch of tests, I’ve been diagnosed [with] metastatic lung cancer. Which sucks a lot. I’m starting treatment Monday, & my doctors — who have been incredible — believe we can get this into remission,” Ducklo tweeted.
“Feel like I have an army behind me”
Ducklo then pledged to fight the disease and said he would continue to remain on the Biden campaign.
“The outpouring of support and encouragement I’ve already received from family, colleagues and friends has been overwhelming in the best way, and has already made me feel like I have an army behind me to fight this piece of s— disease,” he went on.
“It was never a question whether I’d continue working during treatment — working for Joe Biden and this campaign has been the best, most important experience of my life.”
The former vice president was quick to respond by offering his prayers and support. “TJ: Stay strong. Me, Jill, and the whole Biden family are with you,” Biden tweeted back.
“Not just in spirit — for anything. You have the right attitude. You are going to beat this and when you do, we are going to be there to celebrate. Love you, and we’re here with you.”
Ducklo responded by thanking the Bidens for their encouragement, adding that “when you’re president, we’ll cure this horrible disease for good.”
Son lost to cancer
This isn’t the first time that someone in Joe Biden’s life has struggled with cancer. His son, former Delaware Attorney General Beau Biden died of brain cancer in 2015 after developing a glioblastoma. The 46-year-old left behind a wife and 2 children.
“Beau Biden was, quite simply, the finest man any of us have ever known,” his father said at the time. Then-President Obama also spoke on the younger Biden’s passing.
“Beau Biden believed the best of us all,” Obama remarked in a statement of his own. “For him, and for his family, we swing our lanterns higher.”