Biden launches NGO to promote equal rights, cancer research
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Biden launches NGO to promote equal rights, cancer research

Former vice president's foundation will also assist military families and work to prevent violence against women

Vice President Joe Biden waves after speaking at a memorial service for former Israeli president an d prime minister Shimon Peres at the Adas Israel Congregation in Washington DC, Thursday, Oct. 6, 2016. (Zach Gibson/AP)
Vice President Joe Biden waves after speaking at a memorial service for former Israeli president an d prime minister Shimon Peres at the Adas Israel Congregation in Washington DC, Thursday, Oct. 6, 2016. (Zach Gibson/AP)

WASHINGTON (AP) — Former vice president Joe Biden is launching a nonprofit foundation aimed at promoting equal rights and opportunity.

The Biden Foundation will be a platform for the former vice president to advance priorities he worked on in the Senate and the White House, including cancer research, military families and preventing violence against women.

Biden says in a statement that the foundation aims to ensure everyone is treated with dignity and “gets a fair shot at achieving the American Dream.”

The foundation will be run by Louisa Terrell, a former Facebook official and Senate staffer. The board will be chaired by former Sen. Ted Kaufman, who was also Biden’s former Senate chief of staff. Biden’s sister is also on the board.

The foundation says it will be funded by tax-deductible donations.

Biden’s oldest son, Joseph “Beau” Biden, died of cancer in May 2015 at the age of 46.

Copyright 2017 The Associated Press.

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