Vice President Kamala Harris: My mother Shyamala Gopalan Harris and cancer

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Updated: March 5, 2021

My mother, Shyamala Gopalan Harris, came to this country with a dream: to cure cancer. She became a breast cancer scientist and worked for decades in the lab to advance the fight against the deadly disease.

It was a shock when she told us in 2008 that she herself was diagnosed with colon cancer—and a great sadness when passed away a year later. I miss her every day. I know the President, First Lady, and so many Americans understand that loss.

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My mother wouldn’t want us to give up on her dream. President Joe Biden and I believe we are closer to a cure than ever before. On this World Cancer Day, we are committed to supporting the scientists, researchers, and health care workers who devote their lives—as my mother did—to helping fight this disease. Together, we can put an end to cancer.

Harris made the above post on Facebook

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