FORT MYERS, Fla. - It's your money and tonight Governor Rick Scott wants to spend $80 million of it to make Florida a leader in the fight against cancer.
That $80 million is a $30 million increase over current budget limits. The money could help further expand offices and companies like 21st Century Oncology, which was founded right here in Fort Myers.
Cancer is word nobody wants to hear, but as one of the nation's most populous state and with an older-than-average population, almost everybody knows somebody touched by the disease. Gail Johns is a five-time survivor.
Johns was on hand for Governor Scott's proposal to spend an additional $30 million on cancer research. He envisions Florida as a leader in research and treatment.
There is no cure, but doctors are steadily working on ever-new and improving treatments, and Lee County's 21st Century is helping pave the way.
For patients like Johns, there is hope that someday, cancer will be gone.
The Governor's proposal includes $60 million to help cancer centers like 21st Century Oncology become designated as a National Cancer Institute. $20 million would go to peer-reviewed research grants. The legislature still has to approve the funds.