The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reported that First Lady Jill Biden is scheduled to be in Georgia on Friday where she will meet with cancer researchers at Emory University.
The first lady's visit comes on the heels of a White House announcement last month regarding a new cancer initiative centered at the school.
Known as "Curing the Uncurable via RNA-Encoded Immunogene Tuning" (CUREIT), the project is focused on developing "generalizable mRNA platforms that can be harnessed to train the immune system to more effectively fight cancer and other diseases, ultimately saving lives."
Today, the Biden-Harris Administration announced an award of $24 million from @ARPA_H for the new CUREIT program to use mRNA technology to train the immune systems to fight cancer, autoimmune disorders, and infectious diseases more effectively. https://t.co/uTkNE1znfe
— HHS.gov (@HHSGov) August 23, 2023
The August press release explained that "CUREIT will be led by a team at Emory University in Atlanta, Georgia, with up to $24 million in new funding from the Advanced Research Projects Agency for Health (ARPA-H)."
CUREIT's goal will be "to create a toolbox of mRNA and related technologies" capable of "prompting immune cells to target and attack tumors."
In addition to cancer, the press release argued that the research could also be applicable to "autoimmune disorders, transplants, and infectious diseases."
That announcement was accompanied by a statement from President Joe Biden in which he touted the need for "breakthroughs in how to prevent, detect, and treat cancer and other diseases."
"At a time when most people thought bipartisan action wasn’t possible anymore, we’re proving that making progress on our toughest health challenges like cancer is something every American can get behind," Biden declared.
"That’s why I made it a central pillar of my Unity Agenda for the nation, and why Jill and I reignited the Cancer Moonshot, to end cancer as we know it," the president insisted.
The president famously lost his eldest son, former Delaware Attorney General Beau Biden, to brain cancer in May of 2015. Curiously, that hasn't stopped Joe Biden from repeatedly stating that his son actually died in Iraq.
Biden repeats false claim son Beau died in Iraq, incorrectly states he ran for president while vice president https://t.co/CX7uWTu6Hv
— Fox News (@FoxNews) June 11, 2023
Cheryl Rex is the mother of a Marine who was killed during the 2021 withdrawal from Afghanistan, and Mediaite reported last month that she is angered by such claims.
"When Joe Biden, our elected president, entered the room, when he approached me, his words to me were, ‘My wife Jill and I know how you feel. We lost our son as well and brought him home in a flag-draped coffin," Mediaite quoted Rex as saying.
"My heart started beating faster and I started shaking, knowing that their son died from cancer and they were able to be by his side," she added.