Madelyn Dunham, Barack Obama's grandmother, has passed away after a bout with cancer.
Obama suspended his campaign on October 23 to fly to Honolulu, Hawaii and visit her. Madelyn was 86.
Barack Obama and his sister, Maya Soetoro-Ng, issued the following statement ...
Our family wants to thank all of those who sent flowers, cards, well-wishes, and prayers during this difficult time. It brought our grandmother and us great comfort. Our grandmother was a private woman, and we will respect her wish for a small private ceremony to be held at a later date. In lieu of flowers, we ask that you make a donation to any worthy organization in search of a cure for cancer."