As the U.S. fights the growing coronavirus pandemic, the focus is on the White House task force combating the virus. The U.S. Surgeon General, Jerome Adams, is part of this team and prominent in the media. With the attention on him, it’s important to note his very own support system. Jerome Adams’ wife, Lacey Adams, is well known for her advocacy work on important health topics. They have leaned on each other during life-changing events, both personally and professionally. Our Lacey Adams wiki turns the spotlight on the Surgeon General’s inspiring wife.
|About Lacey Adams|
|Known As||Lacey Ann Ringger|
|Birth||March 9, 1976|
|Spouse||Jerome Adams May 2002 - Present|
|Children||Caden Adams, Eli Adams, Millie Adams|
|Parents||Shelley Ringger, Ked Ringger|
Lacey Adams Is from Indiana
Lacey Ann Ringger was born on March 9, 1976 to Ked and Shelley Ringger. Lacey and her siblings were raised in Indiana.
Once married, Lacey and Jerome Adams moved from Fishers, Indiana to Vienna, Virginia. They are currently based in Washington, D.C., while her parents reside in Decatur, Indiana.
New Jersey native Jerome Adams pursued his MD at the Indiana University School of Medicine as an Eli Lilly and Company Scholar. He later served as the Indiana State Health Commissioner. Lacey’s parents were present when her husband was sworn in as the U.S. Surgeon General.
Lacey and Jerome Adams Have Three Children
Lacey Ringger and Jerome Adams married on May 25, 2002 in Marion, Indiana. They’ve been going strong for two decades.
They are parents to two teenage sons, Caden and Eli, and a daughter, Millie. The three kids were guests of honors at Jerome Adams’ swearing-in as Surgeon General.
Millie, the youngest of the bunch, has attended many events with her parents. According to her father’s Twitter, she loves playing soccer and acting in her school productions.
Lacey, Jerome, and their kids visit the Ringger family in Indiana several times a year. Proud grandma Shelley Ringger shares adorable pictures of her entire brood of grandchildren on social media.
Lacey Survived Skin Cancer
Jerome Adams has been an outspoken advocate for melanoma and cancer awareness, among the many other health issues he takes up. The cause is actually very close to his heart, because his wife battled and survived skin cancer.
Lacey Adams herself is active as an advocate on the issue, narrating her story in many publications. She also detailed her experience with cancer in a personal blog.
According to Lacey, she wasn’t considering the possibility that she had cancer when it happened. It was around the time Millie was born, and she also had her hands full with two active toddler boys. But, during a routine postpartum checkup in 2009, she mentioned the tiny mole that had appeared on her thigh.
To avoid any risk, her OB-GYN removed the mole, assuring her it was probably nothing. But it turned out that Lacey had melanoma, a serious form of skin cancer.
Lacey has explained that the root cause of her cancer was her use of indoor tanning beds since she was 14. Fortunately, the cancer was detected early. She had surgery to remove the surrounding tissue where the mole had been.
The initial tests after the surgery showed that Lacey was in the clear. But her doctor still advised her to visit her dermatologist once a year.
Not long after Jerome was appointed to be the “nation’s doctor,” Lacey discovered some lumps in her groin area. Tests revealed that her cancer had returned…and it was worse than the first time.
Lacey was honest about her fears, but stayed strong. She started treatment with a surgery to remove the affected lymph nodes in March 2018. The mother of three underwent immunotherapy, which has milder side effects than those generally associated with cancer treatments.
Despite extreme swelling in the leg where she had surgery and the toll it took on her mental health, Lacey was in good spirits after her treatment began. She even wore a dress and heels to attend a state dinner.
— Lacey Adams (@lada9912) November 16, 2019
Lacey’s last immunotherapy was on March 9, 2019, and she has been cancer-free since then. She now shares her story publicly, hoping people will get tested sooner and have a better chance at surviving.