Following Announcement That his Cancer Has Spread to the Brain, Former President Jimmy Carter Teaches Sunday School as Usual


For the first time since revealing details of his cancer diagnosis, former President Jimmy Carter taught Sunday school in his hometown, drawing hundreds of well-wishers to the tiny Baptist church he has attended for much of his life.

His grandson said it was the 689th time he had taught classes there.

Before Carter started the lesson at Maranatha Baptist Church, he briefly recapped the details of his cancer diagnosis — how doctors had found that melanoma had spread to his brain after he underwent surgery to remove part of his liver.

Then, he said, “That’s enough of that subject.”

He next pivoted to a 45-minute lesson on faith and love.

Carter promised the crowd he would be back to take photos with them after teaching a second class at the nearby high school. He asked the crowd to come up in groups.

“If you come up by yourself, I won’t say anything, but I’ll wonder why you don’t have any friends,” Carter joked.

Last week, at the remarkable news conference where he shared the details of his diagnosis with the world, he called his hometown the focal point of his life.

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SOURCE: NBC News – Gabe Gutierrez

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