Casey DeSantis diagnosed with breast cancer

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'As the mother of three young children, Casey is the centerpiece of our family.'

Casey DeSantis, wife of Florida Governor Ron DeSantis, has been diagnosed with breast cancer.

The Governor’s Office revealed the First Lady’s diagnosis Monday.

“I am saddened to report that Florida’s esteemed First Lady and my beloved wife has been diagnosed with breast cancer,” Gov. Ron DeSantis said in a statement.

Casey, 41, is an Emmy Award winning TV host. The DeSantises married in 2010 and have three children, Madison, Mason and Mamie. Casey gave birth to Mamie in March 2020.

“As the mother of three young children, Casey is the centerpiece of our family and has made an impact on the lives of countless Floridians through her initiatives as First Lady. As she faces the most difficult test of her life, she will have not only have my unwavering support but the support of our entire family, as well as the prayers and well wishes from Floridians across our state. Casey is a true fighter, and she will never, never, never give up,” the Governor said.

After DeSantis’ election in 2018, the First Family became the first since the 1970s to have young children when they moved into the Governor’s Mansion the following January. Mamie DeSantis was the first baby born in the Governor’s Mansion in decades.

Casey DeSantis, of Troy, Ohio, was a Jacksonville-area television host prior to her husband’s ascension in politics. That included working for the PGA Tour as a producer and on-air host.

Now, Casey DeSantis is an advocate for mental health awareness, particularly during the COVID-19 pandemic. In February, she unveiled a campaign to improve mental resiliency in children that would go on to feature people including Super Bowl-winning Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback Tom Brady.

She has also spearheaded initiatives like Hope for Healing, which she launched in May 2019 to address mental illness and substance abuse with an emphasis on children, veterans and first responders.

Casey DeSantis entered the national political spotlight during her husband’s 2018 gubernatorial campaign. In an ad that drew national media attention, she played up the connection between her husband and then-President Donald Trump, who had endorsed DeSantis in the Republican Primary. The Governor hasn’t shaken comparisons to the former President since.

Ron DeSantis hopes to win a second term in 2022.

Immediately after the Governor’s Office announced the First Lady’s diagnosis, there was an outpouring of support from both sides of the aisle. Among the voices hoping the best for Casey was Agriculture Commissioner Nikki Fried, who is vying for the Democratic gubernatorial nomination.

“Our hearts are with Florida’s First Lady Casey DeSantis and her family. We are all praying for you!” she tweeted.

U.S. Rep. Charlie Crist, who is also vying for the 2022 Democratic gubernatorial nomination, similarly extended support to the First Family.

“Praying for the First Lady and her family. Here’s to a successful treatment and a speedy recovery. Almost every family has been touched in some way by cancer, and our hearts are with you in this fight. God bless,” he tweeted.

Renzo Downey

Renzo Downey covers state government for Florida Politics. After graduating from Northwestern University in 2019, Renzo began his reporting career in the Lone Star State, covering state government for the Austin American-Statesman. Shoot Renzo an email at [email protected] and follow him on Twitter @RenzoDowney.


10 comments

  • Ron Ogden

    October 4, 2021 at 11:15 am

    Prayers for Mrs. DeSantis and her family in this time of trouble. She should have every confidence in her ability to overcome it. There are many, many women (and a few men, since a small number of men DO fall victim to it) in our own communities who have defeated breast cancer and are thriving today because of their courage, resourcefulness and the support of their families.

  • Professor Emeritus

    October 4, 2021 at 11:45 am

    I wish her the absolute best. I served as an ethics advisor to NIH cancer research. I am sure she will get the best of care

  • Tom

    October 4, 2021 at 11:54 am

    May God bends her and her kids and great husband. Wishing her the very best!

    It took FP 2 hrs to release this amazingly,

    Where’s all the political haters that have savaged her and her husband?

    You Manchurians are blood thirsty.
    Disgraceful.

    No professor, your hate is on top.
    The line is long from the haters.

    • tjb

      October 4, 2021 at 11:56 am

      What hate? The professor was wishing her the best.

      • Alex

        October 4, 2021 at 12:34 pm

        Don’t feed the troll, you it only lies more.

  • Tom

    October 4, 2021 at 12:56 pm

    You are the king of hate and troll. The worm.
    You haters have disparaged her regularly.

    • Social Engineer

      October 4, 2021 at 4:01 pm

      Stop with your nonsense!

  • Social Engineer

    October 4, 2021 at 3:57 pm

    Will there be room in hospital for her? All beds in area hospitals are used today by unvaccinated Trumpers.

  • Tired

    October 4, 2021 at 6:47 pm

    Wishing her a speedy recovery. She will receive far, far more empathy and compassion from folks across the state than her husband has ever considered offering the 50,000+ victims of his Covid policies.

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