Hayley Arkeno, 29, hoped to fulfill her goal of visiting all seven continents by the time she turned 30 this year.
Although he will not have time to do so.
He goes into space.
Ms. Arkeno, assistant physician at St. Ude’s Children’s Research Hospital in Memphis, will be one of four people on the SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket to fly from Florida. Launched later this year, it should be the first mission of the crew to orbit the Earth, where no one is a professional astronaut.
“I asked, ‘Will I get a passport stamp to go into space?'” Said Ms. Arkeno. “But I do not think I am going to. So I’re just going to draw a star and a moon in one of my passports. ”
The adventure is led by 38-year-old billionaire Ared Arezekman, who announced in January that he had bought the rocket launch from SpaceX, launched by Elon Musk. Mr. Isaac then said that he wanted the mission to be just fun for the overcrowded, that he had given two of the four available places to St. Jude.
One of them goes to the random winner of a raffle to raise money for a hospital that treats children for free ում treatment for childhood cancer և other diseases.
The other place, according to Mr. Ishaman, will be filled by a health worker on the front line of St. Jude, someone who symbolizes hope.
On Monday, St. Judah officials identified Mr. Isaac as Mrs. Archeno.
Ms. Arkeno may become the youngest American to orbit. He will be the first person with a prosthetic body to go into space. About 20 years ago he was ill at St. In Judah, during the treatment of bone cancer, metal rods replaced parts of the bones of the left leg.
In the past, this would have kept him firmly on the ground, unable to meet the strict medical standards of NASA astronauts. But the advent of privately funded space travel has opened the last frontier for some previously excluded people.
Dr. Michael D. Neil, the orthopedic surgeon who implanted Ms. Arkeno’s prosthesis, says that while having artificial leg bones means she can’t play sports on Earth, they should not limit her to this SpaceX campaign.
“It shows us that the sky is not the limit,” said Dr. Neil. “It’s heaven beyond that. I think this is the true meaning of burning up of bad psychic imprints. “Unless you are going to play football there.”
Ms. Arkeno said she hopes to offer inspiration to patients in St. Ude’s.
“They will be able to see a cancer survivor in space, especially someone who has gone through the same thing as themselves,” he said. “It will help them imagine their future.”
Richard S. Shadyak Jr., a fundraiser in the state of St. Uda uda, told ALSAC President Ms. Arkeno: “If anyone was a symbol of hope, it was Hale.”
Ms. Arkeno himself did not say where he would sit on the rocket until early January. Hospital officials told him vaguely that there was an opportunity they wanted to talk to him about. He said he thought “maybe it’s a commercial or maybe he’s going to perform somewhere.”
Instead, it was an opportunity to be an astronaut.
“I even kind of laughed,” said Mrs. Arkeno. “I was like, ‘What?’ Yes, yes, please, that would be amazing. ” Then he added: “Let me talk to my mom.”
His mother did not object.
Mrs. Archeno first entered Holy Judah in 2002. He was 10 years old. He later earned his black belt in taekwondo, but he complained of leg pain. His mother saw him protrude from his left knee. A pediatrician in the small Latin town of St. Francis, where they lived not far from Button Rouge, told them it looked like a cancerous tumor.
“We all broke up,” said Mrs. Arkeno. “I remember being so scared, because at the age of 10, everyone I knew who had cancer died.”
In St. Jude, doctors reported the good news that the cancer had not spread to other parts of his body. Ms. Arkeno underwent chemotherapy, prosthetic bone implant surgery, and “long-term physical therapy” sessions.
Even at that young age, Mrs. Archeno, bald from chemotherapy, helped raise money for St. Judas. The following year, Louisiana was honored with one of the Young Heroes Awards.
“When I grow up, I want to be a nurse in St. Ude,” she said in a video of the ceremony in 2003. “I want to be a patient educator. When they come in, I will say. “I had it when I was little, I’m doing well.”
Last year, Ms. Archeno was hired in St. Ude. She works with children with leukemia and lymphoma, such as the teenage boy she recently spoke to.
“I shared with her that I also lost my hair,” said Ms. Arkeno. “I told her, ‘You can ask me anything.’ I’m a former patient. I will tell you everything you want to know. ” He said. “Will you really tell me the truth?” And I said yes. “
His fiery question. “Are you going to space?”
Mrs. Arkeno had to avoid it. “I said, ‘Well, we’ll see who gets announced,'” he said. “But I think he knew, because at that time he and his father were like ‘Yes.’ “High five.”
Mrs. Archeno’s Mr. Isaacman visited SpaceX headquarters in California three times to meet with engineers to begin planning the trip. Unlike the missions that SpaceX flies for NASA, this one will not go to the International Space Station, but instead orbits the Earth for three or four days before dispersing off the coast of Florida.
“He has an adventurous spirit,” Mr. Isaac said of Mrs. Arkeno. “And now he’s starting to travel to the stars, which is great.”
It will be a few weeks before they know who their companions will be.
The draws of St. Judas, was advertised in a TV commercial that aired during the Super Cup It will be two weeks before the end of the month. It has raised about $ 9.5 million so far. It seems very far from the $ 100 million that Mr. Isaac took over St. Judas, or $ 200 million for the general purpose. But Mr. Isaacman և Mr. Shadyak said that the efforts to raise funds will exceed the stakes, that they are satisfied with that progress.
“This is going to be a campaign that needs to be expanded before launch,” Mr Shadyak said.
Bets are designed to effectively limit the amount of donations. One entrance is free. A minimum donation of $ 10 goes up to 100 entries, with each donation of up to $ 10 going up to $ 1,000 for 10,000 entries.
There were some affordable prices that are now exhausted. For example, Mr. Isaac will provide a $ 100,000 donor with a Russian-made MiG-29 jet fighter. The donor will be directed to watch the launch at the Kennedy Space Center in Florida. But that donor still has only 10,000 entries in the lottery, the same as someone who donated $ 1,000.
Mr Isaac said this was a deliberate choice to prevent a rich man from trying to snatch the grand prize of space travel by buying millions of records.
“Will it represent all the people of the Earth, not just the rich white boys?” Mr. Isaac said.
The fourth place in SpaceX will go to Mr. The winner of the Isaacman-sponsored Shift4 competition, which sells credit card development terminals, point-of-sale systems to restaurants, and other businesses. A competition like the Shark Tank urges entrepreneurs to design an online store using Shift4 software and then post a video describing their business on Twitter.
As of last week, less than 100 people had submitted the full post. “It means that if you set up a Shift4 store and entered it, you would have a pretty amazing chance,” said Mr. Isaac.