Councillor Rob Ford’s tumours are not responding to chemotherapy, his chief of staff has told CityNews.
Toronto’s former mayor was admitted to hospital three weeks ago but hasn’t been strong enough to undergo chemotherapy since then. His last session was in early February. Doctors are attempting to strengthen Ford enough for another round.
Dan Jacobs, Ford’s chief of staff, released a statement late Thursday saying Ford’s family was by the politician’s side in hospital and was asking for privacy while thanking well-wishers for their support.
Messages of support are pouring in for Ford.
A number of public figures have since issued statements saying their thoughts are with Ford, including Toronto mayor John Tory and former Ontario premier Bob Rae.
Rob Ford’s nephew, Michael Ford, also tweeted out his thanks today for the public’s prayers and thoughts, saying the family “very much appreciated” the support.
Thank you for all your prayers and thoughts, we all very much appreciate them.
— Michael Ford (@MichaelFordTO) March 18, 2016
City councillor Giorgio Mammoliti, a staunch ally to the controversial Ford, has also asked for prayers for the 46-year-old.
He asked the public today to remember “how powerful” Ford is and once was.
Read Mammoliti’s full statement below:
Notes of support were also pouring in on a “get-well-soon” website set up for Ford, which had more than 3,800 comments by Friday afternoon.
Ford was diagnosed with cancer in September 2014, less than a year after he confessed to smoking crack while in one of his “drunken stupors.”
The illness forced him to withdraw from his bid for re-election as mayor and he ran instead for a seat on city council, winning in a landslide despite his notoriety.
Ford’s term as mayor featured a series of headline-grabbing antics, including slurs against minorities, lewd remarks about his sex life and his admission of serious crack cocaine and alcohol abuse.