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    ice President Joe Biden and his wife, Dr. Jill Biden, touched down in the Bay Area Saturday, prepared to spend the entire weekend discussing health initiatives and raising funds for Democrats. Laura Malpert reports. (Published Saturday, Feb. 27, 2016)

    Vice President Joe Biden and his wife, Dr. Jill Biden, touched down in the Bay Area Saturday, prepared to spend the entire weekend discussing health initiatives and raising funds for Democrats. 

    The duo first stopped at the University of California, San Francisco, where they participated in an 11 a.m. roundtable discussion with tech industry leaders about finding (and funding) a cure for cancer. 

    The Bidens know the horrors of the debilitating disease all too well, having lost their son, Beau, last year from an agressive form of brain cancer called glioblastoma. He was 46 years old.

    “It stuns me, the incredible worldwide response to Cancer Moonshot,” Biden told the crowd of press and medical professionals at UCSF.

    #CancerMoonshot is a $1 billion project aimed at researching treatment and prevention. It was announced during President Barack Obama’s last State of the Union address, where the commander-in-chief appointed Biden as the initiative's chair. 

    Since the launch of Moonshot, the Bidens have been travelling around the nation discussing ways to improve cancer treatments, often meeting with leading oncologists and innovators to discuss how a future without cancer can be made possible.

    The Veep then travelled with his wife to the South Bay, where he is slated to give a key note address at the California Democrats State Convention in San Jose on Sunday. Other speakers at the event include UC Berkeley professor and former U.S. Labor Secretary Robert Reich, Sen. Barbara Boxer, Rep. Nancy Pelosi and California Attorney General Kamala Harris.