Ron DeSantis signed three pieces of legislation that brought his wife Casey to tears

Jun 25, 2024

Ron DeSantis announced in March of 2022 that his wife Casey was now cancer free.

But Casey’s battle with cancer is far from over.

And Ron DeSantis signed three pieces of legislation that brought his wife Casey to tears.

They say behind every good man is a great woman.

And that is especially true when it comes to Florida Governor Ron DeSantis and his wife Casey.

Ron and Casey have been married for 14 years and have three beautiful children named Mason, Madison, and Mamie.

Casey was an Emmy Award-winning television host before she married Ron in September of 2009 at Walt Disney World.

She has always played an active role in her husband’s campaigns and in his gubernatorial administration.

Casey is passionate about helping those with mental health issues, substance abuse and addictions, and improving Florida’s educational system.

But she developed a new passion for cancer research after she won a battle against breast cancer in early 2022.

Casey DeSantis previously secured hundreds of millions of dollars in the state budget for cancer research.

And on Tuesday, Ron DeSantis signed three pieces of legislation that provides more funding for cancer research and improves the state’s healthcare system.

One of the bills was named the Casey DeSantis Program.

“I’m proud that the legislature has funded these priorities,” Ron DeSantis said during a press conference at the Nicklaus Children’s Hospital in Miami. 

As Florida’s Voice reported, the law “codifies the first lady’s Cancer Connect Collaborative within the Florida Department of Health to further advise both the department and Florida Legislature on improving cancer research, facilities and treatments,” and “the program will have the authorization to make recommendations on official policies, practices and reporting.”

“The new law also sets forth grant funding for providers and facilities ‘demonstrating excellence’ on cancer treatment or research,” Florida’s Voice reported. “The Cancer Connect Collaborative, under the law, will advise on awarding money from the Cancer Innovation Fund – which accepts applications for pilot projects in cancer research to further enhance the state’s approaches.”

Ron DeSantis pointed out how these programs will bring much-needed “accountability” to research programs.

“This is taxpayer money we’re talking about,” he said. “We want to see metrics, we want to see results, we want to make sure that money is being spent well.”

The other two bills DeSantis signed establishes “new Department of Health professions and programs, as well as coverage for biomarker testing.”

In a post on X, Casey DeSantis called herself “blessed” to be able to help support cancer research and treatments.

“Blessed to join @GovRonDeSantis (and Madison) today as he signed legislation to support cancer treatment, innovation, and patient care in Florida,” she wrote. “Through this legislative action and Florida’s continued investments, Florida is leading the charge and bringing hope to those in the fight.”

Ron DeSantis highlighted items in the legislation, including “more than $232 million for cancer research, $60 million for the Florida Cancer Innovation Fund, $127.5 million for the Casey DeSantis Cancer Research Program, and additional funding to support research and grants for pediatric cancer.”

“I also signed legislation to advance research and cures for rare diseases in children, standardize health and hearing screenings for newborns, infants, and toddlers, and ease the burdens of bureaucratic red tape for our health professionals,” he added.

DeSantis Daily will keep you up-to-date on any new developments in this ongoing story.

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