Representative Glenn Thompson (R-Pa.) has disclosed his recent diagnosis of prostate cancer, revealing the news in a statement on Tuesday. Despite the diagnosis, Thompson remains committed to his duties as a congressman, representing Pennsylvania's 15th District.
In his statement, which he shared on the social media platform X, Thompson stated, “After a routine physical and subsequent tests, I was recently diagnosed with prostate cancer”. He expressed his surprise at the diagnosis but assured that he feels well and will continue serving his constituents.
“I am a person of faith and an eternal optimist, qualities that will steer me as I embark on treatment,” Thompson added. He also expressed gratitude towards his medical team, family, colleagues, and the people he represents.
Thompson's Resilient Stand
At 64, Thompson is determined to face this challenge with resilience, requesting prayers and respect for his privacy during this period. Despite the health setback, he appears poised to run for reelection in 2024, as indicated on his campaign website.
His district, encompassing parts of western and central Pennsylvania, is home to over 764,800 residents. Elected to the U.S. House in 2008, Thompson currently chairs the House Agriculture Committee and is a member of the Committee on Education and the Workforce.
His career spans 28 years in healthcare, including roles as a therapist, rehabilitation services manager, and licensed nursing home administrator. Additionally, Thompson has served his community as a volunteer firefighter. A Penn State University alumnus, Thompson furthered his education with a Master of Education from Temple University in Philadelphia.
He resides in Howard, Pennsylvania, with his wife, Penny Ammerman-Thompson, and their three adult sons: Parker, Logan, and Kale. This announcement from a prominent figure like Thompson underscores the importance of regular health check-ups, even for those in high-profile positions.
It also highlights the resilience and dedication of public servants who continue to fulfill their responsibilities while navigating personal health challenges.