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Joe Biden Encourages More Cancer Research

Joe Biden

Former Vice-President Joe Biden used the always-popular SXSW festival in Austin, Texas, as a platform to get young people involved with finding a cure for cancer.

In his first major speech on cancer since leaving the White House, Biden spoke on Sunday about his “cancer moonshot,” which was launched early last year. He also touched on his son, former Delaware attorney general Beau Biden, dying of brain cancer in 2015.

“You are the future,” Biden told the crowd. “Many of you are developing technologies and innovations for purposes large and small that have nothing to do with cancer. But you can make a gigantic impact. Your ingenuity can have a profound impact on cancer.”

Biden said he is organizing a non-profit cancer initiative to “finish the work” he started in the White House. He also challenged the audience to create a new platform for sharing relevant information on the subject.

“You’d think that Facebook would have an algorithm,” he said. “We need to connect cancer patients and families and others with the same cancers. We can learn from each other, and share advice, encouragement and hope.”

The former Vice-President stayed out of politics during his speech and didn’t mention President Donald Trump by name. However, he expressed optimism that the new administration would continue the work on cancer initiatives that he helped launch.

“It is my hope that this new administration, once it gets organized — and I’m not being facetious — can be as committed and enthusiastic as we were in taking on cancer,” said Biden. “The only bipartisan thing left in America is the fight against cancer.”