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Joe Biden's Impromptu Visit With Cancer Survivors Gets Him Much Praise

'The Today Show' had a tearful meet and greet with cancer survivors and former Vice President Joe Biden. The VP is known for his tireless work to help eradicate the deadly disease. The cancer survivors were thrilled to meet Mr. Biden, and thanked him for his ongoing efforts.

Joe Biden is no stranger to the heartache that can be caused when a loved one has cancer. In his final year in office, Biden's eldest son Beau lost his year-long battle with brain cancer. Biden and his wife, Dr. Jill Biden, established the Biden Cancer Initiative this year.

According to the Biden Cancer Initiative's mission statement, "The Biden Cancer Initiative mission is to develop and drive implementation of solutions to accelerate progress in cancer prevention, detection, diagnosis, research, and care, and to reduce disparities in cancer outcomes."

Cancer survivor Craig Stephenson penned a heartfelt open letter earlier this month. Stephenson was diagnosed with stage 3 non-Hodgkin's lymphoma at the age of 29.

"Groups like the Biden Cancer Initiative are precisely what make recoveries like mine possible," Stephenson wrote. "More importantly, as my wife and I await the arrival of our first child, I have hope that she will never have to endure the heartache of losing a loved one prematurely to cancer."

"For all that you have given, and for the continued hope that you engender in me and countless others, from the bottom of my heart, thank you," he concluded.

When Stephenson and two other cancer survivors appeared on 'The Today Show', Biden dropped by to surprise them. Stephenson, breast cancer survivor Julie Fiol and Yeronely Parra, the parent of a son battling a rare form of cancer, all began laughing in disbelief when Biden turned the corner and walked into the room.

Biden hugged each person and sat down with them. "You said I don't know you, but I know you. You're like so many people I've met, going through the hell you had to go through, and you had the courage, and the determination, and hope," he said.

The trio thanked Biden for his initiative. "As a parent of a child with pediatric cancer I am grateful to you," Parra wrote. "I know you are a parent who experienced an incredible loss when your son, Beau, lost his battle with cancer."

"Thank you for choosing to make cancer your mission," she added. "You are truly helping families like mine."

According to the National Cancer Institute, nearly 1.7 million new cases of cancer were diagnosed in the U.S. in 2016 alone, and nearly 600,000 people have died due to the disease. The Biden Initiative has set out a 'roadmap to end cancer as we know it'.

"The Initiative will work closely with patients and patient organizations, cancer researchers, cancer centers, research universities, governments and the private and philanthropic sectors to identify and address the critical issues in cancer prevention, research and care to drive new actions and collaborations toward ending cancer as we know it," reads the website.

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