His father's illness has caused Marco Rubio to scrap several campaign-related events on Thursday -- include a fundraiser in Sarasota.
“Unfortunately, my father Mario Rubio has been diagnosed with a recurrence of lung cancer. This will require me to return to South Florida," Rubio said in a statement issued by his campaign.
“We are in the process of rescheduling some of the coming days’ events and look forward to continuing our conversation with voters in these communities in the near future.”
The Sarasota event, part of a 14-city bus tour by Rubio, had been scheduled for Thursday afternoon at the Sarasota Yacht Club.