First Lady Casey DeSantis resigns from Florida Children and Youth Cabinet following breast cancer diagnosis

Florida Governor Ron DeSantis announced Friday the resignation of First Lady Casey DeSantis as chair of the Florida Children and Youth Cabinet after his wife was diagnosed with breast cancer.

“I am proud of the First Lady’s leadership as chair of the Florida Children and Youth Cabinet,” the governor said in a statement. “Her commitment to children is unparalleled and she has continued to foster collaboration between state and local partners to benefit families in our state. As a mother, she understands that the Florida youth need our support, love and care and that we have all grown better for her leadership over the past three years.”

The first lady, 41, was appointed to the children’s cabinet in 2019, which, according to the governor’s office, is “charged with fostering and implementing collaboration, creativity, increased efficiency, information sharing and improved service delivery between and within government agencies.” and organizations. ”

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The governor said state surgeon general Dr. Joseph A. Ladapo was designated as the new chairman.

The governor announced Monday that his wife has breast cancer.

She is the mother of the couple’s three children, the youngest of whom was born after the governor took office in January 2019.

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