First Lady Dr. Jill Biden traveled to Memphis, Tennessee on Friday to visit St. Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital to meet with four Ukrainian families who had been transported to the United States after the start of the war to receive treatment for their family members with pediatric cancer.
Dr. Biden told the audience at a Denver DNC fundraiser later the same night she was struck by the personal connection she had with the families, as she lost her son, Beau, to cancer in 2015. She described the families as “exhausted, grateful and hopeful,” according to her press secretary Michael LaRosa.
The US State Department helped facilitate the transport of the four families from war-torn Ukraine to the United States, making St. Judes in Memphis the first hospital in the United States to receive patients from Ukraine since the war began. The State Department and St. Judes have plans to evacuate more cancer patients to the United States in coming weeks.
“The work of St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital in Ukraine reflects the hospital’s ongoing commitment to ensure children with cancer have access to lifesaving care, no matter where they live,” said Dr. James Downing, St. Jude President and CEO.
“Our promise to children with catastrophic diseases extends around the globe, and we are honored to play a part in helping these families move to safety to continue their children’s treatment.”
ARTICLE: LAURA SPIVAK
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