Biden Talks Cancer Research at UVM

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He joined forces Friday with Senator Patrick Leahy to help lead the fight against cancer.

While he has thee months left until his term ends, the Vice President’s fight against cancer isn’t going anywhere.

“Joe Biden understands these challenges, he understands the pain that cancer diagnosis can bring,” says Sen. Patrick Leahy, (D) Vermont.

In May 2015 Biden lost his son Beau to brain cancer.

The following January president Barack Obama tasked Vice President Biden with leading the White House Cancer Moonshot Task Force.

“We need to infuse the as Doctor King says the urgency of now,” the Vice President said. He says he’s determined to keep families from losing a loved one to cancer.

Senator Patrick Leahy invited the Vice President to discuss Vermont’s cutting edge cancer treatment at UVM and UVM Medical Center.

Biden also presented findings from the task force’s report.

The White House says only four percent of Americans diagnosed with cancer are able to get into a clinical trial.

“Trial is sometimes the only vehicle by which you have any prospect of your life being saved,” says Vice President Biden.

He says one of the biggest hurdles in cancer treatment is access to information.

“Why is it you are able to click on your iPhone and determine exactly what movies are playing in any city you want to go to and I can’t do the same thing to find out where there is a cancer trial.”

“What Biden was speaking about, you know it’s really why I’m here, it’s the legislative work I have been doing in the state of Vermont,” says Allison Hicks of the American Cancer Society’s Cancer Action Network.

She joined a handful of cancer survivors in the crows who applauded the Vice President’s push to expand cancer research.

“All of us are one degree from cancer, so it’s really important that we recognize that it could be us at any time,” says Hicks.

Even after Biden leaves office Senator Leahy assured him, he’ll keep fight for funding for cancer research and treatment.

“We will keep that money coming because it is an American thing, I admire you for what you are doing and I thank you,” says Sen. Leahy.

This is not Biden’s first trip to Vermont. The Vice President was here in 2010 in support of governor Peter Shumlin.

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