Bone cancer survivor to join billionaire on SpaceX flight

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This Wednesday, Feb. 10, 2021 photo provided by St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital shows Hayley Arceneaux at the hospital in Memphis, Tenn. On Monday, Feb. 22, 2021, the hospital announced that the 29-year-old physician assistant — a former patient hired the previous spring — will launch later this year alongside a billionaire who’s using his purchased spaceflight as a charitable fundraiser. (Mike Brown/American Lebanese Syrian Associated Charities, St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital via AP)

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) – A bone cancer survivor who’s now a physician assistant will join a billionaire on SpaceX’s first private spaceflight this fall.

St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital announced Monday that Hayley Arceneaux will serve as its ambassador in space. She figures after beating cancer as a child, rocketing into orbit should be a piece of cosmic cake. She’ll launch alongside tech entrepreneur Jared Isaacman and two yet-to-be-chosen contest winners. Isaacman hopes to use his mission to raise $200 million for St. Jude, half of that his own money. The 29-year-old Arceneaux will become the youngest American in space.

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