Former US Senator from Kansas and 1996 Republican presidential candidate Bob Dole said Thursday that he had been diagnosed with Stage 4 lung cancer.

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

He said, “While I certainly have some hurdles, I also know that I join the millions of Americans who face significant health challenges of their own.

Dooley, a native of Russell, Kansas, represented the state in Congress for nearly 36 years before resigning from the Senate in 1996 to challenge Democratic President Bill Clinton. Dole unsuccessfully tried for the GOP nomination in 1980 and 1988, and was a vice-presidential running mate for President Gerald Ford in 1976, when Ford lost to Democrat Jimmy Carter.

File – Former Senate Majority Leader Bob Dole, R-Can., Featured on April 12, 2018, during the Senate Foreign Relations Committee confirmation hearing on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC. (Photo via Getty Image by Chetty May / Nurphoto)

After his last run for office in 1996, Dole continued to remain involved in Republican politics, commenting on support and public issues. He Known during his Congressional career for his sharp tongue and legislative deal-making skills.

Dole was the driving force behind the World War II memorial on the National Mall, poignantly calling his 2004 dedication “our final reunion” to tens of thousands of veterans in their 80s and 90s.

He After serving with Clinton on September 11, 2001, as a co-chairman of a scholarship fund for the families of victims of the terrorist attack. He He was awarded the Congressional Gold Medal in 2018 and the President’s Medal of Freedom in 1997 for his public service.

Dole incapacitated wounds of war near the end of World War II to make his long political career. Accusing a German situation in northern Italy in 1945, Dole collided with a piece of shell that crushed two vertebrae and paralyzed his arms and legs. The army’s young platoon leader spent three years in a hospital but never used his right hand.

Dole left the army as a captain, but in 2019 the Congress approved him for promotion to colonel. He Also received two Purple Hearts and two Bronze Stars for his military service.

A lawyer before being elected to the US House in 1960, Dole served in the Kansas House and as a lawyer in Russell County. He He won the Senate seat in 1968 and became the Senate Majority Leader after the 1984 elections. He He led Republicans when he was a minority for eight years from 1987 to 1995, and then resumed as majority leader again in 1995.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.