John Lewis to miss Martin Luther King Jr. Day event
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Rep. John LewisJohn LewisJohn Lewis to miss Martin Luther King Jr. Day event On The Money: USMCA vote held up as committees review deal | Trump legislation added .7T to debt: watchdog | 97 percent of CFOs expect downturn | Trump says 'phase two' China deal could come after election Democrats call for appointment of permanent IRS watchdog MORE (D-Ga.) is going to miss a Martin Luther King Jr. Day event in Michigan due to his cancer treatment.

The Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Commission of Mid-Michigan said in a press release obtained by The Hill that Lewis was scheduled to speak at the 35th annual event in Lansing, Mich., but is not expected to attend this year.

Lewis, who recently announced his pancreatic cancer diagnosis, is reducing the amount of travel due to the treatment he is receiving.


“We will continue to pray for Congressman Lewis’ full recovery and look forward to welcoming him to our community in the future," Elaine Hardy, the chair of the commission, said in a statement.

“It will be a full and robust program that also includes a tribute to Congressman John Lewis for his many years of extraordinary service,” she added. 

Other lawmakers are slated to speak at the sold-out program that’s expected to draw 1,800 people, including Sens. Gary PetersGary Charles PetersJohn Lewis to miss Martin Luther King Jr. Day event Hillicon Valley: Trump turns up heat on Apple over gunman's phone | Mnuchin says Huawei won't be 'chess piece' in trade talks | Dems seek briefing on Iranian cyber threats | Buttigieg loses cyber chief Democrats sound election security alarm after Russia's Burisma hack MORE (D-Mich.) and Debbie StabenowDeborah (Debbie) Ann StabenowJohn Lewis to miss Martin Luther King Jr. Day event Bottom Line A decade of making a difference: Senate Caucus on Foster Youth MORE (D-Mich.) and Rep. Elissa SlotkinElissa SlotkinJohn Lewis to miss Martin Luther King Jr. Day event House war powers sponsor expects to take up Senate version of resolution The lawmakers who bucked their parties on the war powers resolution MORE (D-Mich.).

Lewis announced last month that he will undergo treatment for stage 4 pancreatic cancer.

Updated: 4 p.m.