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Senate Floor: RACE FOR THE CURE

  • Joe Biden
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Joe Biden

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Mr. President, this Saturday thousands of Americans will participate in the annual Race for the Cure here in Washington. While this is the event that receives the most national attention, it is just one of over 30 such races held each year throughout the country. 5

Joe Biden

Very Negative
The object of any race is to finish in as little time as possible. And, yet, in the time it will take the fastest person in Saturday's race to complete the course, three more women will be diagnosed with breast cancer and another woman will have died. 6

Joe Biden

Very Positive
I knew one of those women. A few years ago, my wife Jill and I had a close friend who succumbed to the disease. She was another 1 of the statistics -- 1 of the 46,000 American women who die of the disease each year. Yet, like the thousands upon thousands of women before and after her, she had a face and a name; she had a family and friends. 7

Joe Biden

Very Negative
As a son, a husband, and a father of a teenage girl, I do not want to see another close friend or a family member become yet another victim of this emotionally cruel and devastating disease. And so, I cannot help feeling obliged to do what I can as a U.S. Senator to combat breast cancer. 8

Joe Biden

Very Negative
But despite my interest, my efforts, and my position, there is only so much I can do. And, frankly, what I can do is limited compared to what can be accomplished by the hard work of thousands of Americans who deal with breast cancer on a daily basis -- men and women alike, including breast cancer survivors and the family members of its victims. 9

Joe Biden

Very Negative
I am talking about people like my wife Jill, who in 1993 founded the Biden breast health initiative -- a volunteer organization of community leaders, health care professionals, and breast cancer survivors. The initiative educates young women throughout Delaware on proper breast health and the importance of early detection in the fight against breast cancer. The hard work of dozens of Delawareans involved with this initiative and other initiatives -- too many people to mention now -- is making a difference. 10

Joe Biden

Leans Positive
As for me, my efforts in the Senate to combat breast cancer will continue. Efforts to ensure adequate funding for breast cancer research. Efforts to ensure that all women have access to mammograms and that those diagnosed with the disease have access to treatment. And, yes, efforts to find a successful cure. 11

Joe Biden

Very Negative
But, my efforts will ultimately fail without the diligence of individual Americans. That is what the Race for the Cure is all about: Americans of all walks of life pledging together to fight breast cancer for the sake of all the women in America. Or as the slogan of the race goes: "A sporting event with a mission: the cure and control of breast cancer." I commend those Americans who will run this Saturday as well as those Americans who have raced in dozens of cities across the country. Together, we can end the scourge of breast cancer in America. 12

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The PRESIDING OFFICER. The Senator from Rhode Island. 14