Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis’s wife, Casey, has been diagnosed with breast cancer, the Republican said Monday.
"I am saddened to report that Florida’s esteemed First Lady and my beloved wife has been diagnosed with breast cancer," the governor said in a statement.
"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,” he continued. “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 DeSantises, married since 2010, have three kids under 5 years old: 4-year-old Madison, 3-year-old Mason, and 18-month-old Mamie.
A former TV host, Casey, 41, has undertaken several initiatives as first lady, including "Hope Florida - A Pathway to Prosperity, Economic Self-Sufficiency and Hope."
Well wishes poured in on social media.
If there is anything Florida’s First Family has proven, it is they are fighters.— Greg Angel (@NewsGuyGreg) October 4, 2021
Sending best wishes for good health to the First Family, and First Lady Casey DeSantis specifically, who has been diagnosed with breast cancer, per the Governor’s office. pic.twitter.com/9xIMb255pf
The prayers of the entire Senate family are with our wonderful First Lady Casey DeSantis, Governor DeSantis and their entire family as they face this serious health challenge. pic.twitter.com/V7fbvFen22— Wilton Simpson (@WiltonSimpson) October 4, 2021
Crushed to hear the news about Casey DeSantis having breast cancer. Godspeed with prayers for full recovery. She's a terrific, kind-hearted woman all around.— Daniel Horowitz (@RMConservative) October 4, 2021
Sending my support and prayers to Florida's First Lady Casey DeSantis, Governor DeSantis, and their entire family. We're all in your corner. https://t.co/anH7khicoS— U.S. Rep. Stephanie Murphy (@RepStephMurphy) October 4, 2021
We are extremely saddened by the news of Casey DeSantis' breast cancer diagnosis and are praying for her speedy recovery. Our hearts are with Casey and the entire DeSantis family.— Miami-Dade Democrats (@MiamiDadeDems) October 4, 2021