Karen Lewis thanked her supporters Wednesday following news that she had been diagnosed with a cancerous brain tumor and would not be running for mayor of Chicago.
“My husband, John, and I wish to thank each and every one you for your outpouring of support, thoughts, prayers and well wishes over the last few days,” Lewis, president of the Chicago Teachers Union, said in a statement. “Your expressions have given me a sense of renewed energy as I shift my focus to restoring my health.”
Lewis also thanked many for respecting her privacy “during this difficult time.”
Lewis announced Monday that she would not be running for mayor of Chicago as CTU officials said she was suffering from "a serious illness."
A source later confirmed Lewis was diagnosed with a cancerous brain tumor.
Lewis had emergency surgery a little more than a week ago.
She is now out of the hospital and resting comfortably at home, a source told NBC Chicago Wednesday.
“While I’m in this fight, please know I’ll continue to stand for the city we love and deserve; and look forward to joining you again on the battlefield,” Lewis said.