When he announced Inspiration4 in February, Mr. Isaacman that he wanted it to be more than an alien outing for rich people like him. He contacted St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital in Memphis, which treats children for free and develops cures for childhood cancer and other diseases. Mr. Isaacman offered to use the mission as a fund to raise money for St. Jude and set a goal of $200 million.
“If you’re going to accomplish all those great things in space, all that progress, then you have a duty to do something good here on Earth, like make sure you beat childhood cancer along the way,” he said.
More than $130 million has been raised to date, including the $100 million that Mr. Isaacman personally donates to St. Jude.
“We’re excited about where we are from a fundraising perspective,” said Richard C. Shadyac Jr., the president of ALSAC, the fundraising organization for St. Jude. “I couldn’t be more pleased. We will continue to push for that $200 million goal.”