Later, in 2008, Romney was diagnosed with a non-invasive type of breast cancer known as mammary ductal carcinoma in situ. She underwent radiation therapy and has been cancer-free since.
In 2002, Romney’s husband ran for and won the office of governor of Massachusetts. Three years later, he appointed her the head of a new special office designed to help the state’s faith-based groups gain more federal funding. As Massachusetts’ first lady, Romney was also active in teenage-pregnancy prevention efforts and children’s charities, including Operation Kids.
Romney was a prominent participant in both of her husband’s presidential campaigns, first in 2008 and again in 2012. In 2012, Romney gained momentum as the Republican presidential nominee, but ultimately lost to Barack Obama who was re-elected for a second term. Ann Romney appeared with her husband at the Boston Convention & Exhibiton Center after he delivered his concession speech in which he said: “I also want to thank Ann, the love of my life. She would have been a wonderful first lady. She’s has been that and more to me and to our family and to the many people that she has touched with her compassion and her care.”
As of May 2012, Romney and her husband had 18 grandchildren.
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