“In essence reported ‘do you want to go to space’ and straight away I claimed ‘yes, yes please’ and I believed for a next, ‘let me verify with my mother,'” Arceneaux mentioned.
NEW ORLEANS — At 29 several years aged, Hayley Arceneaux has already defeat most cancers, attained her dream to get the job done at St. Jude, and her subsequent large milestone will be a vacation to room.
“This is the coolest factor to occur to me,” Arceneaux stated.
The Louisiana indigenous grew up outside the house Baton Rouge and graduated from Southeastern Louisiana University. She was only 10 a long time old when she was identified with bone most cancers.
“I recall just considering cancer was a demise sentence for the reason that anyone I experienced acknowledged with most cancers at age 10, experienced died and it wasn’t until eventually I bought to St. Jude a several days later I felt hope,” Arceneaux claimed.
She put in the following calendar year at St. Jude Kid’s Hospital in Memphis going through chemo and surgical procedure exactly where portion of her femur was replaced with a steel rod. Nearly 20 decades later, she now works there as a physician assistant.
“All I have at any time wished to do was work at St. Jude,” she explained.
Very last month, she obtained a get in touch with about St Jude’s position in a major mission.
“Basically claimed ‘do you want to go to space’ and immediately I explained ‘yes, indeed please’ and I considered for a second, ‘let me test with my mother,'” Arceneaux claimed.
Arceneaux was picked as the 2nd crew member for Inspiration4, the world’s initially all civilian mission to house. Afterwards this year, the 4-man or woman crew will orbit earth on a multi-day journey. It is really staying funded by billionaire businessman, Jared Isaacman.
“He needed to use it for superior,” Arceneaux claimed.
The mission will raise recognition and resources for St. Jude. Isaacman has by now dedicated $100 million himself. 1 seat on the mission will go to a St. Jude donor. Anyone can donate any volume by the finish of February to be considered.
Arceneaux’s purpose in all of this? To supply hope. She’ll be the youngest American and to start with individual with a prosthesis to go to space.
“I think I am heading to be the very first Cajun,” she laughed. “Actually what I am most excited about is getting the first pediatric cancer survivor in space, like out of all these firsts. That new precedent it truly is going to set and what it truly is heading to clearly show these children, what they’re able of.”
She hasn’t even taken off but, but this mission is now giving hope to pediatric most cancers sufferers.
“One particular of the moms arrived up to me and the mother was in tears telling me how much it intended to her daughter and how it was providing her daughter hope,” Arceneaux shared about an conversation with a patient’s mother this week. “The small woman had been discouraged not long ago since she cant run or jump and I explained to her I cant operate or bounce both due to the fact of the prosthesis in my leg, but that’s not halting me from likely to area.”
The other two seats have yet to be claimed. One particular will go to a St. Jude donor and the other to an individual with an inspirational company tale. You have until eventually February 28 to donate or apply below.