Pinellas County Commissioner John Morroni announced Tuesday he will be undergoing treatment for a rare blood disorder known as secondary myelodysplastic syndrome, or MDS. Morroni will be hospitalized for treatment at Moffitt Cancer Center, but will continue to receive briefings from the county administrator on a weekly basis.
“I am very confident in the excellent medical team at Moffitt and I appreciate the prayers of support and words of encouragement,” Morroni said.
According to the American Cancer Society, there are about 13,000 new cases of MDS in the United States each year. Morroni is battling MDS as a secondary effect of chemotherapy treatment he underwent for Non-Hodgkin lymphoma in 2012. He will undergo an allogenic stem cell transplant in July.
Morroni, a Republican, has served Pinellas County residents as District 6 county commissioner since 2000. He has chaired the Pinellas County Board of County Commissioners in 2005, 2012 and 2015.
Morroni also served in the Florida House of Representatives from 1992-2000.