The wife of Gov. Ron DeSantis of Florida has been diagnosed with breast cancer, he announced Monday. “I am saddened to report that Florida’s esteemed First Lady and my beloved wife has been diagnosed with breast cancer,” the Republican said in a statement to Fox News on Monday.
“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 my unwavering support but the support of our entire family, as well as the prayers and well wishes from Floridians across our state,” he said in the statement.
“Casey is a true fighter, and she will never, never, never give up,” he added. The governor did not say at what stage the cancer was detected. Casey DeSantis, 41, and her husband are the parents of Madison, 4 years old, Mason, three years old and Mamie, 18 months.
Former White House press secretary Kayleigh McEnany, a Florida native who has spoken publicly about her preventative double mastectomy, paid tribute to DeSantis on Twitter: “My family and I will be praying for @FLCaseyDeSantis & every woman battling breast cancer! Casey is a strong woman and an amazing mother. My heart is with her and her family!”
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