Days ago, Rush Limbaugh announced he is in the literal fight of his life against cancer. Since then, he was given the nation’s highest civilian honor in an unprecedented way.
Rush was one of several dignitaries and guests singled out for commendation during this year’s State of the Union speech.
One thing set him apart from the others who were asked to stand and be acknowledged.
When Rush Limbaugh sat down again, he did so as a Medal of Freedom recipient.
NEW: Rush Limbaugh is presented with the Presidential Medal of Freedom at the State of the Union.
— ABC News (@ABC) February 5, 2020
“Almost every American family knows the pain when a loved one is diagnosed with a serious illness. Here tonight is a special man, someone beloved by millions of Americans who just received a Stage 4 advanced cancer diagnosis. This is not good news, but what is good news is that he is the greatest fighter and winner that you will ever meet. Rush Limbaugh: Thank you for your decades of tireless devotion to our country. Rush, in recognition of all that you have done for our Nation, the millions of people a day that you speak to and inspire, and all of the incredible work that you have done for charity, I am proud to announce tonight that you will be receiving our country’s highest civilian honor, the Presidential Medal of Freedom. I will now ask the First Lady of the United States to please stand and present you with the honor. Rush, Kathryn, congratulations!”
For perspective for how real his fight is, Stage 4 cancer is the final stage of the fight.
“Stage 4 lung cancer is the most advanced stage of lung cancer. In stage 4, the cancer has spread (metastasized) to both lungs, the area around the lungs, or distant organs.”
…”A five-year lung cancer survival rate measures how many people are living five years after they were diagnosed with lung cancer. The five-year relative survival rate for stage 4 lung cancer is 4.7 percent.”