There are few things that are as cruel as a parent having to bury a child.
Sadly, that is what Rep. Derrick Van Orden (R-WI) is now dealing with after the death of his daughter.
Van Order announced this week that his daughter has lost her battle with cancer.
The Big C
I despise this disease. I have lost countless friends to it and had one immediate family member diagnosed with it who, thankfully, beat the disease.
Van Orden announced on Tuesday that his daughter, Sydney Marie, died after losing her battle.
He stated, “It is with the most profound sense of grief and joy that Sara Jane and I announce the passing of our oldest daughter, Sydney Marie (Van Orden) Martenis after a year of battling a very aggressive form of cancer.
“She died peacefully surrounded by her family. We are heartbroken that we cannot share her smile and laugh in person any longer but are so thankful that she is resting with our Lord and that we were able to spend these years with her and her family.
“Sydney is survived by grandma Virginia Whitelock, husband Chris, daughter Madelyn, sons, Charlie and Roman, father and mother Derrick and Sara Jane, Sister Abigail (Williams), brothers, Theodore and Daniel, and many uncles, aunts, and cousins. Thank you for all of the tender mercies you have shown to our family. May God bless you all,” reported the Daily Caller.
Statement from Rep. Van Orden: pic.twitter.com/drkaUTtDvr
— Rep. Derrick Van Orden Press Office (@RepVanOrden) August 22, 2023
And yes, this is the same disease that Joe Biden, earlier this year, claimed no longer exists as we know it.
This is the same disease that claims the lives of more than 600,000 Americans every year, but Joe says it no longer exists.
In 20 years, the cancer death rate has only gone down by 27 percent, from 196.5 to 144:100,000, so I would hardly call that an eradication of the disease.