Sens. Tom Carper and Chris Coons, D-Delaware, each released statements Aug. 24 on news that Sen. John McCain, R-Arizona, will discontinue receiving treatment for brain cancer.

“John and I share a special bond. He and I served together in the Navy in Southeast Asia during the same years. We got elected to the House of Representatives on the same day and were sworn into Congress on the same day. He was elected to the Senate while I continued to serve in the House and then as governor, but it has been an honor and a privilege to continue to serve alongside him in the U.S. Senate over the past 17 years,” said Carper.

“John has more courage in his little finger than the rest of us have in our whole bodies. A lot of us talk about doing what’s right — not what’s easy. For as long as I’ve known him, he’s done exactly that. We’re taught in the military to lead by example. It’s not ‘do as I say,’ but ‘do as I do.’ He has led by this example, and he still is,” said Carper.

“John is an American treasure and model for anyone aspiring to public service. I speak for my entire family when I say that we’re keeping John, Cindy and their entire family in our prayers,” said Carper.

“My friend John McCain’s life has been defined by his love for his country, his love for his family, and his unflinching bravery. I know that today, despite his difficult condition, John is facing this moment with the same courage that he has always shown. I ask all Delawareans and Americans to join Annie and me in praying for John and his family,” said Coons.