Gov. DeSantis says he’ll support $37M funding increase for cancer research
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First Lady Casey DeSantis called the increased funding for cancer research and care a 'game changer.'

Appearing in Miami on Tuesday, Gov. Ron DeSantis touted his support for $37 million in increased funding for cancer research and care at three Florida cancer centers.

The Governor also gave the public a brief insight into the cancer treatment journey that he and his wife, First Lady Casey DeSantis, traveled last year in her fight against breast cancer.

DeSantis, who said his mother battled cancer when he was a child, called the increased funds a “really, really big deal” noting that the state now spends $100 million annually on cancer research at Moffitt Cancer Center, University of Miami Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center and University of Florida Health Cancer Center.

“We really have confidence in these institutions to be out of a good use of that money and do so in a way that will have a meaningful impact on the lives of the patients,” he said.

This is the second press conference in as many days that DeSantis has called to announce support of spending decisions made by legislators during the 2022 Session. DeSantis on Monday announced his support for $125 million in increased funds to educate nurses.

The Legislature has not sent to the Governor the $112 billion spending plan for state Fiscal Year 2022-23. The budget, officially called the “General Appropriations Act” is one of 139 bills that had passed the Legislature but had not been sent to the Governor as of Tuesday.

DeSantis has vetoed dozens of spending items from the budget for the last three years and is expected to make vetoes again this year. But the $37 million in increased cancer research and care funding was part of the proposed spending plan he submitted to lawmakers earlier this year and will become law soon, the Governor promised.

In addition to increasing the funding, lawmakers also agreed to name the funding initiative after the First Lady, who was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2021. She completed treatment in January.

The First Lady and Department of Health Secretary Joseph Ladapo joined DeSantis at the press conference.

Casey DeSantis said she never discovered a lump. ahead of her diagnosis. Instead, she said she had a “dull feeling” and innately knew “something didn’t feel right internally.”

She met with her obstetrician gynecologist who examined her and assured her she was fine. The doctor did not order a mammogram, she said.

DeSantis said she was relieved for about five minutes but the internal “nagging feeling” that something was wrong would not go away.

“That sensation stuck with me so much that I said, ’I’ve got to get this checked out,'” she recalled.

Her cancer ultimately was detected after she got a mammogram, she said.

The First Lady praised the Governor as he “stood by me the entire time.”

“And not only did he do that, he never missed a chemotherapy appointment — six of those, sitting in there very uncomfortable,” she said. “And he held my hand through everything.”

Casey DeSantis said that the additional funds will be a “game-changer” when it comes to finding a cure for cancer.

“Florida is going to lead the way to find a definitive cure once and for all for all types of cancer, and it’s going to happen here because of this leadership,” Casey DeSantis said, referring to the Republican-led Florida Legislature and her husband.

Christine Jordan Sexton

Tallahassee-based health care reporter who focuses on health care policy and the politics behind it. Medicaid, health insurance, workers’ compensation, and business and professional regulation are just a few of the things that keep me busy.


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  • Tom

    May 17, 2022 at 4:59 pm

    The legislature approved per Govs formal budget request with First Lady Casey, asked for $100 million. It is a significant increase from previous budgets, with $37 million increase.

    The overall funding goes towards Florida’s three major cancer hospitals research centers. Great step forward. Compliments to America’s Gov and First Lady working with legislature to help all people in need, as Florida’s research will be a game changer per the First Lady.

    The Govs continued efforts to advance Florida will not go unnoticed. Rising tide for all, not a few.

  • Beverly

    May 17, 2022 at 6:00 pm

    DeSantis is Swamp 2.0
    Ultra maga taking over. These phonies pretending to be maga are just more swamp trash

  • K. Klein

    May 17, 2022 at 6:03 pm

    I hate when politicians take government funds for pet projects. If I want to give my share of Florida’s tax revenue to charity to make his wife happy that should be my choice not Big Government DeSantis’.

    • Tom

      May 17, 2022 at 6:10 pm

      Two for bingo morons. Klein & Beverly. It’s cancer research and not for individual or his wife. Could be your family member that benefits one day. LMAO, DeSantis swap, are you from Mars. Manchurian crazies.

  • Guadalupe

    May 17, 2022 at 6:11 pm

    Tax ‘n Spend DeSantis at it again…

    • Tom

      May 17, 2022 at 9:29 pm

      How ignorant. $20 billion in reserves due to Gov. Largest across the board tax cut In Florida history signed by America’s Gov. DeSantis the best, America’s Gov always wins!

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