‘I am saddened to report that Florida’s esteemed First Lady and my beloved wife has been diagnosed with breast cancer,’ the Republican governor said in a statement.
‘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 added that his wife ‘faces the most difficult test of her life’ and would have ‘unwavering support’ from him and the 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 stated.
He did not disclose what stage of cancer Casey, 41, is battling.
Ron married Casey in 2010 and they are parents to Madison, 4, Mason, 3, and Mamie, who is 18 months.
Casey has taken on several initiatives as Florida’s first lady, including ‘Hope Florida – A Pathway to Prosperity, Economic Self-Sufficiency and Hope’. The program assists Floridians on government assistance, single parents including mothers struggling with substance abuse and children who age out of the foster care system.
She is a former Emmy Award-winning TV show host for the PGA tour and also worked as a producer. Casey was also won three national equestrian championships and was a runner-up for the NCAA division one championship.
Former White House Press Secretary Kayleigh McEnany, a Florida native who had a preventative double mastectomy, showed support for Casey.
‘My family and I will be praying for @FLCaseyDeSantis & every woman battling breast cancer!’ McEnany tweeted. ‘Casey is a strong woman and an amazing mother. My heart is with her and her family!’