HERNANDO COUNTY (CBSMiami) – Florida’s First Lady Casey DeSantis made her first public appearance over the weekend, nearly two weeks after announcing she was diagnosed with breast cancer.
DeSantis, 41, received a standing ovation when she surprised guests at the Hernando County Republican Party on Saturday night where her husband, Governor Ron DeSantis, was a speaker.READ MORE: CBS4 Investigates: Man Accused Of Killing Ryan Rogers Could Have Faced Two Decades In Prison For Prior Crime
The governor introduced her, and she had this message for her supporters.
“I think there is a lot that we can be upset about, that we can be sad about,” DeSantis said. “The direction of our country, securing our nation, our families, our communities, our safety, our children, their education, their futures, our health and our well-being. But I’ll tell you one thing is for sure: I’m sure as hell not giving up.”READ MORE: Glenneisha Darkins Perseveres During Art Week Despite Challenges
Mrs. DeSantis received a standing ovation.
“Never, ever, ever, give up the fight, ever,” she said. “But to steal some lines from the strongest, most courageous, person I have ever met in my life, who is my husband, to steal some lines from him, I have only begun to fight.”
Ron DeSantis revealed his wife has breast cancer on Oct. 12.MORE NEWS: New Warning For Parents Regarding Omicron COVID-19 Variant
Gov. DeSantis and the first lady share three children together, all under 5 years old. The youngest is just 18-months old and was the first baby born in Florida’s governor’s mansion in more than 50 years.