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1/30/2017 St. Pete News
Council Chair Darden Rice Announces She is Undergoing Cancer Treatment

Contact: Meagan Salisbury – 401-639-6131

Council Chair Darden Rice Announces She is Undergoing Cancer Treatment

St. Petersburg, FL – Council Chair Darden Rice released the following statement on Monday.

“I’ve always championed transparency and have been straightforward with my friends, family, colleagues, and constituents. You have placed your trust in me – for that reason I am disclosing a deeply personal issue in my life: I have been recently diagnosed with breast cancer.

I am fortunate to have a very strong outlook. My doctors and I are confident in my treatment plan. I expect to fully recover and be back at work shortly.

While cancer is news no one wants to hear, I am thankful for my excellent doctors, the high quality treatment options in our region, and insurance coverage that allays many financial concerns. I am especially thankful for all those close to me who are a constant source of support and encouragement.

I would be remiss if I did not shout from the rooftop: Early detection saves lives. I encourage women to take annual breast cancer screening seriously. It will save your life.

I have committed my life to public service. I love my work. I love my city. I will be announcing my campaign for re-election in two weeks. I ask for a brief period of privacy while my family and I make our own adjustments to this diagnosis.

I campaigned three years ago on a platform of ‘St. Pete Strong’: strong city services, strong city economic development, strong neighborhoods. Three years later our city is stronger than ever.

And I am, too.”