Vice President Biden to visit Duke on Wednesday, discuss new cancer research initiative

Model Christy Turlington, of Every Mother Counts, listens at left as Vice President Joe Biden speaks about the economy, Friday, Jan. 29, 2016, in New York. (AP Photo/Richard Drew)

DURHAM, N.C. (WNCN) – Vice President Joe Biden is visiting the Triangle Wednesday to help promote a new initiative to fight cancer.

Biden will travel to the Duke University School of Medicine to participate in a discussion on “cancer moonshot.” It’s an initiative that aims to cure cancer “once and for all.”

During his State of the Union address, President Barack Obama announced the new effort to beat cancer. About $195 million will be spent on cancer research this year and the president is asking for an additional $755 million next year.

Biden is visiting Duke because he says he is encouraged by the cancer research being done there. Duke is one of a handful of comprehensive cancer research and treatments centers in the United States.

Biden became an advocate for finding a cure for cancer after his son Beau died from cancer last May.

“My dad used to have an expression; he used to say ‘my father said a father knows he’s a success if his son or daughter turned out better than he did.’ I’m a success; I’m a hell of a success,” Biden said.

The goal of “cancer moonshoot” is to make decades worth of research advances to find a cure in five years.
Wednesday’s event starts at 2:30 p.m. and WNCN will livestream it.

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