Burnett, whose daughter died from cancer at 38 in 2002, introduced Biden at his daylong summit at Howard University in Washington, D.C., where scientists, oncologists, donors and patients came together in support of the vice president’s “Cancer Moonshot” initiative.
“He knows cancer, he lived through cancer and he sees that if we fight it together, we can have a world without cancer as we know it,” Burnett said of Biden, whose son Beau died from brain cancer at 46 last May.
“I’m with you, Vice President Biden – we all are,” Burnett added.
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Biden, who previously pledged to double the rate of progress toward finding a cancer cure before leaving office, applauded Americans across the country for “jumping in to help prevent” cancer.
“Moonshot is all of you it’s all those people spending nights and weekends in their labs looking for the next breakthrough,” the vice president said Wednesday. “It’s the patients who are being treated for the cancers hoping they can return to their lives and their families.”
The world, he added, is “on the cusp of breakthroughs.”