BREAKING NEWS: Ron DeSantis' wife Casey diagnosed with breast cancer: Florida's Republican Governor pays tribute to 'fighter' mother-of-three who will 'never give up'

 Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis announced Monday that his wife Casey has been diagnosed with breast cancer.

'I am saddened to report that Florida's esteemed First Lady and my beloved wife has been diagnosed with breast cancer. 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,' the governor said in a statement. 

'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 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. 

Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis announced Monday that his wife Casey has been diagnosed with breast cancer

Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis announced Monday that his wife Casey has been diagnosed with breast cancer

Casey DeSantis, 41, and her husband are the parents of Madison, 4 years old, Mason, three years old and Mamie, 18 months

Casey DeSantis, 41, and her husband are the parents of Madison, 4 years old, Mason, three years old and Mamie, 18 months

Casey formerly worked for the PGA tour as a producer and television host

Casey formerly worked for the PGA tour as a producer and television host

Since the governor took office in 2019, DeSantis has launched four major initiatives, including most recently spearheading 'Hope Florida – A Pathway to Prosperity, Economic Self-Sufficiency and Hope.' The program benefits single parents, Floridians on government assistance, single mothers with substance abuse issues and children aging out of the foster care system. 


She formerly worked for the PGA tour as a producer and television host. DeSantis was also a three-time national equestrian champion and a runner-up NCAA division one champion.

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!'

Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp also sent prayers to Florida's first lady on Twitter, as did South Dakota Gov. Kristi Noem.

 '@GAFirstLady, the girls, and I are sending prayers for healing and strength to @FLCaseyDeSantis and the entire DeSantis family!' Kemp wrote.   

'Bryon and I send our prayers for a speedy recovery to @FLCaseyDeSantis, may the Lord give you strength and bless the physicians providing your care. God Bless you, Ron and the DeSantis Family,' Noem said. 

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