Saturday, May 30, 2015

In Memoriam: Beau Biden (1969-2015)

Beau Biden
Tragedy again has struck the family of Joe Biden.

For the second time, Joe Biden will stand at a funeral for one of his children.  This time, it's his son, Beau Biden.  Beau passed away from complications of brain cancer at the young age of 46.  He is survived by his wife, Hallie, and two young children.  Besides his father and step-mother, Beau also leaves behind his brother, Hunter, and a half-sister, Ashley.

Joe Biden has been through this losing a child thing before.  Soon after his election to the U.S. Senate in 1972, Biden's then-wife Neilia and his three children were in a traffic accident.  Both Neilia and Biden's one-year-old daughter Naomi were killed.  Beau and Hunter were left battered and broken.  It was such a blow to the young Senator-Elect that he actually thought about resigning.  He didn't, but he did nurse his boys back to health.  He also made it work as a single father by commuting back and forth to Washington on the train.

Biden has talked many times about his emotional state following the death of his daughter and his wife.  He's talked about the place he was in.

I feel so much for the Vice President, but I also realize that we lost a shining star in Beau Biden.  He wanted to follow in his father's footsteps but not exactly and was in the midst of a burgeoning political career.  He served his country in Iraq and his home state of Delaware as its attorney general.  He was considering a run for Governor of Delaware in 2016 before cancer took him.

Earlier today I was at an event for the American Cancer Society called Relay for Life. Cancer plays no favorites. We just need to find a cure. Contribute to the American Cancer Society here.

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