RON DeSantis' wife has been diagnosed with breast cancer.
The Florida governor confirmed that his 41-year-old wife is battling the illness in a statement on Monday.
"I am saddened to report that Florida’s esteemed First Lady and my beloved wife has been diagnosed with breast cancer," she said.
"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 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," he added.
Casey is a former producer and Emmy award winning television host for the PGA tour.
She was raised in Ohio and received her Bachelor of Science degree from the College of Charleston in South Carolina.
She married the governor back in 2010 and shares three children with him: Madison, four, Mason, three and Mamie, who is 18-months-old.
She spoke of their new roles and raising little Madison, Mason and Mamie in an interview a few months after her husband took office.
“We’re just going to make sure that they don’t destroy any of Florida’s irreplaceable history, because there are so many wonderful, neat artifacts around,” Casey DeSantis told Tallahassee magazine, referring to the historic mansion.
“You go into the dining room, you see stuff from the USS Florida. You see the late 19th-century wallpaper, and I don’t think that orange crayon would look good on that.”
It was the game of golf that brought her and Ron DeSantis together when she was working in television news in Florida.
"We met at the University of North Florida at the driving range off Kernan," she told First Coast News in 2018.
"I kept looking over my shoulder because I wanted the bucket of balls that somebody had left because my swing was so terrible.
"I needed as much practice as I could possibly get. As I'm looking over behind me, Ron is over there. He thinks I'm looking at him.
"I was really looking at the balls. Long story short we started to talk and that's how we met."
When asked about her husband, she told the station: "He's always been a guy that's been pushing me in the right direction to succeed and I think that's very special."
She added: "He does a good job. I'm very appreciative of the job he does when he gets the chance to be home."
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