Elon Musk promises to donate $50 million to the Inspiration4 fundraiser for a children's hospital
- Elon Musk pledged to donate millions for a fundraiser for St. Jude's Children's Research Hospital.
- The goal of the Inspiration4 spaceflight by Musk's company, SpaceX, was to raise $200 million.
- "Count me in for $50M," Musk said in a tweet on Saturday.
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Elon Musk vowed to donate $50 million to SpaceX's Inspiration4 fundraiser for St. Jude Children's Research Hospital.
"Count me in for $50M," Musk said in a tweet on Saturday upon the crew's re-entry back to Earth.
Count me in for $50M— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) September 19, 2021
The main goal of the Inspiration4 mission was to raise $200 million for St. Jude, where one of the crew members works as a physician assistant.
The fundraiser had raised $160 million before Musk pledged to contribute to the campaign.
The historic Insipiration4 launched Wednesday evening from NASA's Kennedy Space Center in Florida.
It had four people on board:Jared Isaacman, a billionaire businessman; Hayley Arceneaux, a physician assistant and childhood cancer survivor; Chris Sembroski, an Air Force veteran; and Dr. Sian Proctor, a geoscientist and science communication specialist.
Isaacman, commander of the spaceflight, donated $100 million to St. Jude. The mission had raised another $60.2 million before Musk's pledge surpassed the goal, raising the total to more than $210 million, CNBC reported.
Following his donation, the crew expressed their gratitude toward Musk on Twitter.
As Insider's Kate Duffy reported, the crew will auction off items they took on their three-day trip around the Earth to further raise money for the hospital. These include a ukulele, artwork, and NFTs.
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