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DeSantis praises wife’s fight against cancer at State of the State address

In his speech at his State of the State address on Tuesday, Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis praised his wife, Casey, for her battle with cancer and her leading the state’s Cancer Connect Collaborative. Video is courtesy of The Florida Channel.

Video transcript

RON DESANTIS: I am happy to be joined here by our first lady, my wife Casey. We got Mason on the lap. There he is sitting there. Over the past four years, she spearheaded efforts to help our youth avoid drugs, promote emotional resiliency in schools, and provide a pathway to prosperity for the less fortunate.

She also gave birth to our daughter Mamie and most recently fought a battle against breast cancer. I was here last year saying we would be able to announce that she was cancer free. And I can tell you, she is cancer free and she is doing better than ever.

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Now, she's taken her experience as a cancer survivor and helped to launch the Cancer Connect collaborative, which will rethink Florida's battle against cancer by breaking down longstanding silos between researchers, cancer facilities, and medical providers to provide and improve research and treatment. And I want to thank her for taking her experience, as difficult it was, and applying it in ways that are gonna help people battle cancer. Thank you so much.

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