Florida First Lady Casey DeSantis received an emotional standing ovation as she made her first public appearance at a Republican dinner on Sunday with Governor Ron DeSantis following the announcement of her breast cancer diagnosis.
Her appearance was reportedly a surprise to those who attended. Casey DeSantis, 41, looked beautiful in red and seemed in great spirits as she hugged her husband and spoke from the podium at the Hernando County Republican Party Lincoln-Reagan Day Dinner.
“Probably the most important person that has stood by me is our wonderful first lady,” Gov. DeSantis told a cheering crowd on Saturday before introducing his wife. “I trust in the Lord, I know how tough she is. She’s doing very well. In fact, she’s doing so well that she wanted to come here tonight and say hello to you, so here she is.”
“I hear when you get a standing ovation before you even walk in the door you should probably just leave,” she kidded as she took the microphone from her husband.
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“I think there’s a lot that we can be upset about, that we can be sad about: The direction of our country, the future of our nation, our families, our communities, our safety, our children, their education, their futures, our health, and our wellbeing,” the state’s first lady remarked.
“But I’ll tell you one thing is for sure. I’m sure as hell not giving up,” she determinedly stated. “Never, ever, ever give up the fight, ever.”
DeSantis revealed his wife’s cancer diagnosis on Oct. 4. It is unknown what stage her cancer is in. The couple has been married since 2010 and they have three children: Madison, 4, Mason, 3, and Mamie, 18 months.
“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 remarked 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,” DeSantis proclaimed.
“She is a very, very strong woman,” he declared at a press conference last week in St. Pete Beach. “It’s not an easy thing when it happens because your life is going, then all of a sudden, this is something that puts that in the balance.”
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“It’s not been easy as we’ve had to deal with that as a family — particularly for her. She’s basically come to the point of ‘OK, this is what I’m gonna have to deal with,'” the governor stated.
“It wasn’t like she was in a lot of pain,” he noted, adding that his mother is a breast cancer survivor as well. “These screenings and the things that you (undergo) can really, really be life-saving.”
“Her view is, better me than somebody who may not be able to deal with it,” DeSantis remarked. “Better me than God forbid other people that are close to her. That’s just kind of her spirit.”
“This is a bad break, but she’s got an awful lot to live for, for the rest of her life,” he concluded.
Casey DeSantis originally comes from Troy, Ohio. She attended the College of Charleston and graduated with a degree in economics, according to her State of Florida biography.
The first lady of Florida is also a three-time National Champion equestrian.
Casey DeSantis was a producer for the PGA Tour and an on-air host as well. She received an Emmy for her work as a reporter, anchor, and produce at WJXT in Jacksonville, Florida from 2003 to 2009, according to LinkedIn.
Americans are praying for Casey DeSantis and love her grace and strength:
Yes. Praying for her …
— StandUpForTruth (@WeStand4USA) October 18, 2021
As a cancer survivor, I applaud her for her stoicism. 😊
— Chloe Jacqueline Kopsho (@chloe_kopsho) October 18, 2021
Cancer sucks. Not only hard on your loved one. Hard for your whole family.
— Don Gavlick (@DonGavlick) October 18, 2021
A precious First Lady! A wonderful Governor. The sunshine is brighter in Florida. Faith, family, and freedom in The Sunshine State are the pillars for life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness as provided for in our Constitution. 🙏
— Miss Kately (@MissKately2) October 18, 2021
❤️💪🏼 that was really sweet. My heart goes out to ANYONE fighting cancer.
— Catpee (@realTgirl86) October 18, 2021
Strong women, attract strong men.☝️🍀🎈
— Wpm14 (@Wpmredtree) October 18, 2021
What a wonderful couple
America and Florida need them
God bless them both!!
— Serenisima (@OlgaRod37800661) October 18, 2021
Love this woman!
— Theresa Ziebro (@ZiebroTheresa) October 18, 2021
Hard not to love her💗
— Destinie Ann (@sweetdestruth) October 18, 2021
Beautiful family, best wishes for Casey, love them❤️
— JacQues (@JacQues05460458) October 18, 2021
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