Council's Burgess in care of Hospice
Charlotte Mayor Pro Tem Susan Burgess is in the care of Hospice. She announced today that her cancer has come back, but she still plans to work on city council. Three years ago she was diagnosed with colon cancer. Surgery and chemotherapy cleared it up, but Burgess says it has now returned and spread. A city spokeswoman says Burgess is no longer receiving chemotherapy. Hospice and Palliative Care, which specializes in easing pain for patients with terminal illnesses is handling her treatment. At the latest city council meeting, Burgess looked tired, but contributed to the discussion. Other city council members helped carry her binders between sessions. Burgess said in a statement she has "every intention of fulfilling my duties as Mayor Pro Tem and continuing my commitment to the people of Charlotte." But she says she'll no longer have the energy she once had and will have to focus on the core responsibilities of council. Burgess is in her fifth term on city council. Before that, she served seven years on the CMS board.