BY BUDDY NEVINS
Florida House candidate Elaine Geller has put her campaign on hold, saying she needed to take time to help her daughter, who was diagnosed with cancer.
She made her announcement in an e-mail to supporters distributed to today.
Geller, D-Hollywood, did not say when she would resume her campaign for House District 99, a heavily-Democratic district based in Hollywood which becomes open next year.
Former state Rep. Evan Jenne, D-Dania Beach, is also running for the seat.
Browardbeat.com reported in September that Geller had lost her license to sell commodities after admitting to shady sales practices. Sources say that her campaign started to collapse after that exclusive post linked here.
Here is Geller’s e-mail to supporters today:
Dear Friends and Supporters,
It is with a heavy heart that I write this letter to all of my wonderful
friends and supporters who have been working so hard to support my
candidacy, so that we can bring positive change to Tallahassee. Many of you
may have heard or read posts online or on Facebook about the challenge our
family is currently facing. But I want you to hear about it from me
directly, and to understand why I am putting my campaign on hold.
Last Monday evening I received the call that all parents dread. My
beautiful, wonderful daughter Megan was rushed by ambulance to the hospital
and has been diagnosed with AML Leukemia. Megan, as many of you know, is a
teacher and is working on her Master’s Degree in Special Education at Hunter
College in New York City.
Of course, I rushed to NYC to be with her, and we are hoping and praying for
a good outcome. She is in New York Presbyterian Hospital, which is a great
hospital with a wonderful team of Doctors and care-givers. We are hoping
this round of 24/7 chemotherapy, which she
has just undergone, will knock out the leukemia cells and push her
into remission. She will remain in the hospital until the end of the month,
after which we are hoping we can bring her home to Florida.
We will work to get her strength back and protect her immune system; and
then she will undergo the chemotherapy again — to kill all of the remaining
Leukemia cells. The good news is she is young and is an excellent candidate
for stem cell blood marrow transplant, which would be a cure. Megan will be
celebrating her 27th birthday in the hospital, and the cure is the perfect
The Doctors are confident we should beat this dreaded disease, but it will
take complete dedication, hard work, and lots of love from loved ones and
friends, alike, for the next 6 months to a year.
So, I am putting my campaign on hold for now. Those of you, who know me,
know I am capable of balancing many things at a time and getting them done,
just as many of you have had to do in your own lives. In fact, the reason I
decided to run in the first place is to make sure that one of us who
understands the challenges we face, could go to Tallahassee to fight for the
At this time I must step back from the grueling demands of campaigning
to be the parent and caretaker my daughter needs and put my
campaigning on hold. I hope to get back to you with updates in the
Please keep us in your hearts and prayers. Your love, friendship and
support are important to us. Thank you for all the well-wishes, calls,
emails and texts. Keep them coming. We will beat this! As I always say,
let’s get it done!
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for State Representative, District 99