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First Lady Casey DeSantis Makes First Campaign Appearance Since Her Battle with Breast Cancer

“Damn, it feels good to be here!”

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – First Lady Casey DeSantis yesterday made her first public appearance with Governor Ron DeSantis’s campaign since doctors declared her cancer-free in February. Governor DeSantis first announced her fight with cancer in October of last year. Monday night she thanked supporters for their prayers and reminded Floridians to “fight like hell” and never back down in the face of challenges. First Lady DeSantis joined Governor DeSantis to speak to a crowd of supporters for a DeSantis Day Dinner at The Villages Monday night.

The First Lady released a statement following the event:

“After six rounds of chemotherapy, a surgery, six weeks of radiation, and most importantly, through God’s grace, I am elated while humbled to be back on the campaign trail fighting for America’s Governor.  

 “I am forever grateful for the prayers from good folks across the country who thought and prayed for me and my family’s well-being, thank you. I pray my story has inspired people to stay strong and never give up hope.     

“I look forward to telling Florida’s story of success and why thousands of new residents are flocking to the Sunshine State in the name of Freedom.”

Background:

  • October 4, 2021: Governor DeSantis announced the First Lady was diagnosed with breast cancer.
  • December 8, 2021: The First Lady announced $100 million for cancer research and care at Florida cancer institutes in the Governor’s 2022-2023 budget.
  • March 3, 2022: The Governor announced doctors declared her cancer-free.
  • April 29, 2022: The First Lady received her final radiation treatment.
  • Although she has been off the campaign trail, the First Lady has continued to launch initiates she is passionate about, including:
    • Resiliency Florida initiative: a partnership with professional sports teams and athletes to address the stigma surrounding mental health.
    • Hope Florida – A Pathway to Prosperity: family-centered assistance reaching more than 25,000 Floridians, including single moms, those aging out of foster care, among others. The program helps achieve economic sufficiency through local, community-based partners, including the private sector, faith-based institutions, and nonprofit organizations.
    • The Facts. Your Future.: a campaign designed to educate young Floridians about the life-altering effects of drug use and equip students with tools they need to make decisions about their health and future.

  • The First Lady has also traveled the state to visit with cancer patients to promote the importance of early screening and to provide support to families affected by cancer. In honor of her work devoted to this issue, the Florida Legislature recently renamed the Florida Consortium of National Institute Centers Program the “Casey DeSantis Cancer Research Program.”

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Please click here for photos of First Lady DeSantis.

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