During his 2016 State of the Union Address, President Obama called on Vice President Biden to lead a new, national “Moonshot” initiative to eliminate cancer as we know it. Today, the White House is announcing a new $1 billion initiative to jumpstart this work.
Too many American families know all too well the devastation cancer can bring. More than 1.6 million new cases of cancer will be diagnosed and cancer will kill an estimated 600,000 Americans in 2016. Cancer doesn’t discriminate – it strikes young and old, family and friends, neighbors and co-workers. As the President said, we must harness the spirit of American innovation to identify new ways to prevent, diagnose, and treat cancer.