This Wednesday, Feb. 10, 2021 photo provided by St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital shows Hayley Arceneaux at the hospital in Memphis, Tenn. On Monday, Feb. 22, 2021, the hospital announced that the 29-year-old physician assistant — a former patient hired the previous spring — will launch later this year alongside a billionaire who’s using his purchased spaceflight as a charitable fundraiser. (Mike Brown/American Lebanese Syrian Associated Charities, St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital via AP)

Hayley Arceneaux, 29, became a physician assistant at St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital nearly a year ago, almost two decades after beating pediatric cancer there herself. Now, she’s set to reach new heights as the youngest American — and first with a prosthesis — to travel to space.

St. Jude announced on Monday that Arceneaux will be one of four crew members on the world’s first all-civilian mission to space, which is called Inspiration4 and is tentatively set to take off at the end of 2021.

The Memphis, Tenn. native, who was treated for bone cancer at the hospital as a child, called the opportunity an “incredible honor.”

“When I was just 10 years old, St. Jude gave me the opportunity to grow up,” she said. “Now I am fulfilling my dreams of working at the research hospital and traveling around the world. It’s incredible to be a part of this mission that is not only raising crucial funds for the lifesaving work of St. Jude but also introducing new supporters to the mission and showing cancer survivors that anything is possible.”

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