$210 million raised for children’s cancer research, with $60 million donated by Musk and the public
SpaceX founder Elon Musk paid $50 million to St. Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital to help it exceed Inspiration4’s $200 million fundraising goal.
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The billionaire tweeted his pledge just hours after the three-day space flight mission successfully concluded splash down In the Atlantic Ocean off Florida on Saturday evening.
“Count me in $50M,” he has written in posting.
Billionaire tech entrepreneur Jared Isaacman, who bought the flight with SpaceX and announced the mission would raise funds for St. Jude, donated $100 million to the cause.
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$210 million was raised for children’s cancer research, with $60 million contributed by Musk and donated by the public.
Hayley Arsinaux, the flight’s medical officer and a medical assistant in St. Jude, said Musk’s pledge “brings tears to my eyes.”
“Thank you @elonmusk for this generous donation toward our $200 million dollar fundraising goal for @StJude!!!” He said on Twitter
The Inspiration 4 mission took off from the Kennedy Space Center in Florida last Wednesday atop a SpaceX Falcon 9 missile.
The SpaceX Crew Dragon capsule carried Isaacman, Arsinox, a childhood cancer survivor, Sean Proctor, a geologist, and Chris Sambrowski, a Lockheed Martin employee.
The crew remained in orbit for three days and reached an altitude of 367 miles.
The mission marked the first time a flight would go into orbit with all civilian crew.
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