Baton Rouge native Hayley Arceneaux to be first American civilian woman, and likely the first Cajun, in space

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Since her childhood cancer diagnosis, Baton Rouge native Hayley Arceneaux has been a spokesperson for how St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital saved her life and countless others.

Now, she’ll take her story to the ultimate platform — outer space.

Arceneaux has been chosen to be part of the first all-civilian space flight, named Inspiration4.

On the history-making flight, the 29-year-old will set lots of other records: the first American civilian woman in space, the first person with an artificial joint, the first cancer survivor and, she believes, the first Cajun.

“What an incredible honor this is for me to represent cancer survivors in this way,” Arceneaux said. “Until now, astronauts have been physically perfect. This mission is changing the mindset of what an astronaut has to look like. Not only is it going to mean so much to the kids to know that all of the people that are donating are helping them but also being able to see a survivor in space.”

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