The Boston Herald reported today that an “upbeat U.S. Sen. Edward M. Kennedy completed his last day of radiation and chemotherapy treatment yesterday, according to an e-mail to friends and family from wife Vicki Kennedy.”
“He remained strong and was able to stay on schedule throughout this shock-and-awe phase of the treatment and his doctors – and we – are enormously pleased with his progress,” Vicki said in an e-mailed update sent yesterday.[…]
“As you can imagine, after six weeks, we’ve really come to know and respect the entire Mass. General treatment team – doctors, nurses and technicians – and, even in the midst of this very serious business, we’ve shared a lot of laughter. But that’s not surprising to those of us who love and know Teddy – there’s always laughter when he’s around,” Vicki wrote.
It’s wonderful to hear that the Liberal Lion, Ted Kennedy is finished with the chemo. Supporters like myself, look forward to seeing Kennedy back at work in the Senate before long. A longtime friend of Kennedy’s, Phil Johnston said the “76-year-old senator has been very upbeat throughout his treatment.”
“He’s got considerable energy, he’s on the boat virtually every day and he’s enjoying himself as much as he can on the Cape in the summer,” Johnston said.
And the final day of the “grueling chemo” treatment came Senator John Kerry pledged to
ride the Pan Mass challenge next week in honor of Kennedy.”
A cancer survivor himself, Kerry sent an e-mail saying the bike ride this year is “for Ted.”
“This year, it’s especially poignant and meaningful,” Kerry said in a written statement. “I’ll be thinking of him every mile of the ride across a state we both love.”
Supporters of Kerry and Kennedy can donate to sponsor Kerry’s ride in the Pan Mass Challenge here. Kerry has been riding in the Pan Mass Challenge for several years now.