First Lady Casey DeSantis on Wednesday announced the launch of Florida Cancer Connect, an online resource site for cancer patients to hear from survivors and access information to help them navigate the dizzying realities of fight against cancer.
At a press conference at the Ackerman Cancer Center in Jacksonville, she noted that while some cancer-focused nonprofits are “doing great things,” the new Florida site will offer a world-wide view. the state of resources that can help people through their cancer journey.
“It’s literally a comprehensive resource that has everything from prevention and research resources to treatment and provider locations – how to navigate coverage when you’re dealing with insurance, what’s covered and what is not. ‘How can I dispute this?’ “How can I interpret the bill? Ms. DeSantis said.
The First Lady and Governor Ron DeSantis provided updates on his journey through his breast cancer diagnosis and treatment since announcing his diagnosis in early October 2021. In March, the Governor announced that his wife was considered “cancer free”.
Ms DeSantis teased the cancer initiative a few months ago when she said she was working on a project that involved sharing the stories of other cancer patients and survivors.
“And that’s an important point for me — there are stories of survival and of hope,” DeSantis said at the press conference. “They enter their survival stories into this website. And so people across the state can then connect, see what type of cancer they have, they can see other people who have battled those same types of cancers, and get inspirational stories.
She was joined by a handful of other cancer survivors who described their experiences with diagnosis, treatment and recovery.
The resource site is now live, with specific information on breast, prostate, lung, colon and rectum, and pediatric cancers. The site also provides resources for ‘helpers’ of cancer patients – that is, the people in their lives who directly help the patient through treatment.
Ms DeSantis noted that they were looking for additional information useful for the “everyday” struggles of the fight against cancer, such as where to buy a wig or useful items for surgery.
–Danielle J. Brown, Florida Phoenix