"There were only a few of us that knew that Donald was diagnosed with cancer and undergoing treatment. He was truly amazing. I thought he was even more feisty after his diagnosis than before, Donald was not only a respected member of the Congressional Black Caucus, which he chaired. He was loved by us all. We will miss him terribly, but we will remember him with such great affection and consider ourselves blessed to have known him, to have served with him and to have him call us his friend."