Confirmed Carole Crist sighting at Palm Beach cancer awareness lunchby George Bennett | September 30th, 2009
PALM BEACH — Carole Crist, who has kept a low public profile since marrying Gov. Charlie Crist in December, was here this afternoon for a lunch to raise awareness of ovarian cancer.
About a dozen people attended the event at the Brazilian Court hotel, including Palm Beach Mayor Jack McDonald and Republican Party of Florida Chairman Jim Greer. It was part of a national awareness effort by the Ovarian Cancer Research Fund using governors, first ladies, lieutenant governors and state health secretaries across the U.S.
Carole Crist noted in brief remarks to the audience that ovarian cancer lacks a method of early detection akin to a mammogram for breast cancer.
“We need to change this. This is a major women’s health issue,” she said.
Since marrying Charlie Crist, the 39-year-old Carole Crist hasn’t been particularly visible at public functions or on the campaign trail as her husband runs for the U.S. Senate.
This week, however, Crist’s campaign sent out a letter from Carole Crist seeking contributions.
The fund-raising letter was Carole Crist’s most visible campaign venture, but she said in a brief interview today that “I have always been quite involved from the beginning” of her husband’s campaign.
“I enjoy it very much and whatever I can do to help my husband get to Washington and help our country I am ready to do and eager to do,” she said.
Carole Crist said she’s still growing accustomed to the role of first lady.
“I guess I would say I’m sort of figuring it out as I go along, taking it slow, pacing myself, learning along the way…It’s very exciting,” Carole Crist said. “It’s all about helping people. That’s the most important thing to me.”