Ron DeSantis Family Receives Devastating News: Prayers Requested for FL’s First Lady
Florida Governor Ron DeSantis took on his title as governor of the Sunshine State in early 2019 after spending three terms as the representative for Florida’s 6th congressional district. He is no stranger to life in the spotlight or a position as a public servant. And up until this week, many Americans believed he could be facing off against former President Donald Trump in the 2024 presidential primaries to take the Oval Office.
However, even the best-laid plans of mice and men, and even life in public service, can’t ward off the inevitable degradation each of us suffers. For DeSantis though, his burden has to be watching a family member in pain, and it’s even more devastating when it happens to our family.
Monday of this week, news broke that Casey DeSantis, Ron DeSantis’ wife and the first lady of Florida, was diagnosed with breast cancer.
The governor’s office released this statement early this week:
“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. As she faces the most difficult test of her life, she will 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.”
While cancer in any form, in any person and at any time, is a devastating diagnosis, it’s particularly heartbreaking when it happens to the parent of small children. First Lady DeSantis is the mother to Madison (4 years old), son Mason (3 years old), and daughter Mamie (18 months old), who is the first baby born in the Governor’s Mansion in more than 50 years. These children will likely not remember a time before their mother was diagnosed with cancer, and it will shape their lives in substantial and irrevocable ways.
Casey DeSantis is a native Ohioan and earned her Bachelor of Science degree in Economics from the College of Charleston, according to her biography, and was a three-time National Champion equestrian. As an adult, she worked for the PGA Tour as a producer and on-air host. She earned an Emmy for on-air talent while working in Jacksonville, Florida.
In her position as the First Lady, Casey DeSantis has launched several major initiatives, including Hope Florida – A Pathway to Prosperity, Economic Self-Sufficiency, and Hope, which, according to her website, “assists Floridians on an individualized path to prosperity by focusing on collaboration between the private sector, the faith-based community, nonprofits, and government entities – breaking down traditional community silos in an effort to maximize resources and uncover opportunities.”
The Sunshine state’s First Lady has also launched programs to assist with mental health for adults and K-12 students in her state and a program helping kids understand how substance abuse can negatively impact their futures.
Casey DeSantis’ diagnosis is a stark reminder that no matter what walk of life you hail from, our futures can be reshaped in a matter of moments. Despite the seemingly charming life, Florida’s first lady has lived.
Some would see this as just another example that you can “eat well, live right, die anyway.” But I’d prefer to use it as a reminder that “it is appointed unto man once to die, and after this, the judgment.” That a belief in Christ is the only way to know for sure that no matter what happens, you’ll never walk alone. That’s not to say that this will beat Casey DeSantis. It’s very likely she will be one of the millions that beat cancer and go on to live happy, primarily healthy lives. But someday, something will come for all of us.