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Former President Barack Obama sends letter of support to Denise Rosen

Denise Rosen is battling the same form of cancer that Sen. John McCain had.

Denise Rosen, the wife of WCCO-TV Sports Direct Mark Rosen, was recently diagnosed with the same form of brain cancer that U.S. Senator John McCain died from on Saturday. 

About 10 days after Denise was diagnosed with Glioblastoma she received a letter of encouragement from former President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama. 

"I recently learned of the challenges you are facing, and also of the tremendous courage you are showing, and I want you to know that I am inspired by your bravery and impressed by the strength of your spirit," says the letter from Obama. 

"Michelle and I hope the love of those around you and the passion that drives you enable  you to find joy and peace during this difficult time. You and Mark will remain in our thoughts." 

Rosen tweeted a photo of the letter on Saturday night, noting that "this was a good night to read this over and over again." 

According to the American Brain Tumor Association, Glioblastoma is a cancerous tumor that arise from cells within brain tissue. It rarely spreads to other parts of the body and is known to come about spontaneously in 95 percent of patients. 

Rosen has been away from WCCO-TV since announcing his wife's diagnosis on July 31. He is expected to remain away for the time being while he helps Denise recover from surgery. 

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