Madelyn Dunham died today in Hawaii after her battle with cancer. She was 86 years old and helped raise Obama since the age of 10. Obama actually stopped campaigning for a couple days last month to go visit her while she was sick.
The NY Times covered it on The Caucus.
Chicago Breaking News reports Obama went to see her last month because he “didn’t want to make the same mistake twice.” Referring to him arriving too late to see his mother when she died of ovarian cancer.
To think she was only a day away from possibly seeing her grandson become the first black president of the United States makes many cringe.
Obama and his half-sister released this statement today.
“It is with great sadness that we announce that our grandmother, Madelyn Dunham, has died peacefully after a battle with cancer. She was the cornerstone of our family, and a woman of extraordinary accomplishment, strength, and humility. She was the person who encouraged and allowed us to take chances. She was proud of her grandchildren and great-grandchildren and left this world with the knowledge that her impact on all of us was meaningful and enduring. Our debt to her is beyond measure.
“Our family wants to thank all of those who sent flowers, cards, well-wishes, and prayers during this difficult time. It brought our grandmother and us great comfort. Our grandmother was a private woman, and we will respect her wish for a small private ceremony to be held at a later date. In lieu of flowers, we ask that you make a donation to any worthy organization in search of a cure for cancer.”