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BREAKING: 6th District Candidate Trone Diagnosed With Cancer

August 27th, 2018 by WCBC Radio

David Trone, Democratic nominee for Maryland’s Sixth District Congressional seat and co-owner of Total Wine & More, issued the following statement today:

I want the 760,000 residents of the Sixth District and my 7,000 teammates in the Total Wine family to know that I am being treated for a localized cancer.  An abnormal lab result at the time of my annual physical exam led doctors to conduct additional tests.  On Monday, June 25, it was confirmed that I had a tumor in my urinary tract.  Since then, I have undergone chemotherapy treatment at Johns Hopkins in Baltimore, a treatment that has led to a substantial reduction in the size of the tumor. 

The next step in the recommended course of treatment is to remove the kidney on that side of my urinary tract.  The treatment team members believe my prognosis is positive.  They say I may miss a few days of the campaign immediately after the surgery, but nothing will interfere with my being fully engaged as a candidate and as a member of Congress after the recovery.

I am confident I will make a full recovery.

I could not have faced this challenge without unwavering love and unconditional support from June.  If anyone is a hero in this, it is June.  She has been a rock, just as she has been in over 30 years of our marriage.  Our four children have responded as every parent would want: with love, support, encouragement, and good humor since the diagnosis.

Dr. Phillip Pierorazio of the Brady Urological Institute and Department of Urology at Johns Hopkins, and the Johns Hopkins Kimmel Cancer Center, said that “David’s prognosis is excellent.  He is being treated for a localized cancer of the genitourinary system with chemotherapy and planned surgery.  The cancer is localized, and the treatment has been aggressive.  The chemotherapy has reduced the size of the tumor, and we foresee no complications from the upcoming surgery to remove the kidney.  His underlying health is strong, and he has fully complied with every recommendation of his treatment team.  We expect David to fully recover, to return as an active candidate, and, if elected, to carry out all of the duties of a member of the House of Representatives.”

June Trone added, “I am so grateful for the care of the medical professionals treating David, and the love and support of the family.  David is in great spirits and attacking this the way he attacks everything: full throttle.  We look forward to seeing friends and supporters as we campaign this fall.”

Trone campaign manager Jerid Kurtz said that “David has been fully engaged in all aspects of the campaign during the chemotherapy treatment.”


David spent the morning notifying friends and professional colleagues of this matter.  The following are statements they authorized us to include with this release:

US Representative John Delaney:

“I have never been prouder to call David my friend. April and I hope everyone in the District will join us in wishing David a full and speedy recovery, and supporting David, June, and their children with love and prayers. David is a most worthy successor to hold this seat. He is an outstanding candidate, and I am confident he will be a truly great member of Congress for the good people of the Sixth District.”

US Senator Ben Cardin:

“With the assistance of the world-class professionals at Johns Hopkins, David Trone will meet this challenge like he’s met so many in his life and become a great Representative for the Sixth District.  I look forward to campaigning and serving Maryland with him for many years to come.”

US Senator Chris Van Hollen:

“This is what I know: David will emerge from this stronger than ever, ready and able to take his message of civility, compassion, and competence to every corner of the Sixth District, and to provide extraordinary public service as a member of the House of Representatives for the foreseeable future.”

US Representative Anthony Brown:

“Even when no one was watching, David has stood up for people without a voice in our political and judicial system, and I am proud to stand with David Trone as he recovers from surgery.  David has overcome incredible odds throughout his life, and this will be no different.  David and June are great friends, and I am excited to campaign with them this fall and working with David in the House.”

US Representative Dutch Ruppersberger:

“As someone who has faced several health challenges myself in the past, David has my full support as he works with the folks at Hopkins to return to full health and the campaign trail.  Given the way he grew up and the success he has had creating jobs and building a successful business, David will bring the kind of common sense we need in the House.  I’m excited for the chance to work with him in the new Congress.”

US Representative Jamie Raskin:

“I know David Trone to be a great businessman, a visionary philanthropist, and a fiercely committed and competitive Democrat.  As a cancer survivor of eight years, I know how tough this is going to be for David and June and their family. But I also know he’s tough as nails and will come through this stronger than ever. I will support him and his family in every possible way and look forward to working with him in Congress where he will offer a unique and-important perspective from day one.  Godspeed to David and his family.”

Montgomery County Executive Ike Leggett:

“David has been a good friend to Montgomery County, beating every challenge he’s faced to build a successful business that supports countless Marylanders. He will overcome this latest obstacle, and he will go on to serve as an outstanding advocate for all of us in Congress. I’m proud to support David – and I know Montgomery County stands with him, June and their kids.”

Maryland Democratic Party Chair Kathleen Matthews:

“As a businessman and now in politics, David Trone has been a strong advocate for good jobs, affordable healthcare, and civil rights for Maryland families. He will be a great Member of Congress for families in the Sixth Congressional District of Maryland. We wish him best wishes for a speedy recovery, and know he will come out of his stronger than ever.”

One Response to “BREAKING: 6th District Candidate Trone Diagnosed With Cancer”

  1. August 27, 2018 at 5:52 pm, Jayne Parks said:

    Get well wishes. It’s good to seeyou are receiving the best of care at Johns Hopkins.


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