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Childhood Cancer Survivor Named to Inspiration4 Space Mission

23 Feb 2021, 00:09 UTC
Childhood Cancer Survivor Named to Inspiration4 Space Mission
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Hayley Arceneaux (Credit: St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital)

The Inspiration4 space mission has named a childhood cancer survivor and physician assistant at St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital as the second crew for the orbital flight scheduled for late this year.

Hayley Arceneaux, 29, will join billionaire Jared Isaacman and two as-yet-unnamed individuals on the SpaceX Crew Dragon flight, which is expected to last up to four days.

Arceneaux was diagnosed with osteosarcoma, a type of bone cancer, in her leg when she was 10 years old. She was successfully treated at St. Jude. She now works at the hospital as a physician assistant with leukemia and lymphoma patients.

“It’s an incredible honor to join the Inspiration4 crew. This seat represents the hope that St. Jude gave me — and continues to give families from around the world, who, like me, find hope when they walk through the doors of St. Jude,” Arceneaux said. “When I was just 10 years old, St. Jude gave me the opportunity to grow up. Now I am fulfilling my dreams of working at the research hospital and traveling around the world. It’s incredible to be a part of this mission that is not only ...

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