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'The Sky's Not Even The Limit': Cancer Survivor To Become Youngest American In Space

Added 02-22-21 02:07:02pm EST - “Physician's assistant and pediatric bone cancer survivor Hayley Arceneaux, 29, will be one of four crew members on the world's first all-civilian mission to space at the end of this year.” - Npr.org

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Posted By TheNewsCommenter: From Npr.org: “'The Sky's Not Even The Limit': Cancer Survivor To Become Youngest American In Space”. Below is an excerpt from the article.

A photo provided by St. Jude Children's Research Hospital shows Hayley Arceneaux at the hospital in Memphis, Tenn. It announced on Monday that Arceneaux, a former patient and current employee, will be one of four crew members on the first all-civilian space flight this year. Mike Brown/American Lebanese Syrian Associated Charities, St. Jude Children's Research Hospital via AP hide caption

A photo provided by St. Jude Children's Research Hospital shows Hayley Arceneaux at the hospital in Memphis, Tenn. It announced on Monday that Arceneaux, a former patient and current employee, will be one of four crew members on the first all-civilian space flight this year.

Hayley Arceneaux, 29, became a physician's assistant at St. Jude Children's Research Hospital nearly a year ago, almost two decades after beating pediatric cancer there herself. Now, she's set to reach new heights as the youngest American — and first with a prosthesis — to travel to space.

St. Jude announced on Monday that Arceneaux will be one of four crew members on the world's first all-civilian mission to space, which is called Inspiration4 and is tentatively set to take off at the end of 2021. The Memphis, Tenn. native, who was treated for bone cancer at the hospital as a child, called the opportunity an "incredible honor."

"When I was just 10 years old, St. Jude gave me the opportunity to grow up," she said. "Now I am fulfilling my dreams of working at the research hospital and traveling around the world. It's incredible to be a part of this mission that is not only raising crucial funds for the lifesaving work of St. Jude but also introducing new supporters to the mission and showing cancer survivors that anything is possible."

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