Cancer Survivor to Be First Aboard Space-X All-Civilian Space Trip


  • Cancer survivor Hayley Arceneaux’s dream to go to space is coming true.
  • Billionaire Jared Isaacman has sponsored a space mission for civilians and Hayley Arceneaux is part of the mission.
  • All those who donated in February to the St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital are eligible for the draw to join the space trip.  

Literally reaching for the stars is Hayley Arceneaux of St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital’s dream.

And she’s on her way to realizing that as she has been chosen to be one of the first in the All-Civilian Space-X Space trip. Thanks to billionaire Jared Isaacman who sponsored the flight.

The 29-year-old cancer survivor and physician assistant’s story instantly impressed Isaacman.  He thought that Arceneaux’s story was perfect for the Inspiration4 mission.

Isaacman said, “As I’ve spent time with Hayley in the earliest days of mission prep, she’s everything we want our team to represent – she’s interested in the world around her, devoted to caring for others and hopeful for a better future for all of us.” He added that Arceneaux has already inspired her and in the days to come when during the mission’s course, others will also be inspired by her.

Isaacman’s “Inspiration 4” allows for three other passengers on the flight. The seats would be drawn from all those who donated to the St. Jude Hospital during the month of February.

And Arceneaux is one of the lucky passengers.

Arceneaux was diagnosed with a type of bone cancer affecting the arms or the legs or osteosarcoma when she was 10 years old.

She remembered that when they got the diagnosis, they just fell apart and just cried.  She said that that time, her dream was to be an astronaut when she grew up.  But with the diagnosis, she could not see how she could fulfill that dream.

With chemotherapy and long stays at the hospital, her passion to be able to go to space was replaced with healthcare.  St. Jude Hospital had become her comfort zone and world.

So, when she got the call for Isaacman’s once-in-a-lifetime mission, she instantly said yes!

Arceneaux said, “When I was on the phone and they asked me, I remember I had a mirror in that room, and I looked in the mirror, and my hands were shaking because it was such a shock and so overwhelming, but in an exciting way.”

The space trip would last about three to four days.  According to SpaceX, Arceneaux and the rest of the mission would “receive commercial astronaut training by SpaceX on the Falcon 9 launch vehicle and Dragon spacecraft, orbital mechanics, operating in microgravity, zero gravity, and other forms of stress testing.” 

Arceneaux has been designated as the Chief Medical Officer for the flight. Here’s to a safe and exciting space journey!

Source: PEOPLE

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