A new charity honoring the life of Joseph Robinette “Beau” Biden III will help children suffering from domestic abuse. Hallie Biden and the Delaware Community Foundation announced Tuesday the "Beau Biden Foundation for the Protection of Children," days after the oldest son of Vice President Joe Biden died from brain cancer.
"We have seen the progress that can be made when society commits to shining a bright light on a crime like domestic violence, and we are seeing the beginning of what can be accomplished if we continue shining that bright light on child abuse," Beau Biden, Delaware's former attorney general, wrote in an op-ed last year. "As adults, we have a legal and moral obligation to stand up and speak out for children who are being abused."
Beau Biden, 46, died Saturday after battling brain cancer for several years. “The entire Biden family is saddened beyond words. We know that Beau’s spirit will live on in all of us — especially through his brave wife, Hallie, and two remarkable children, Natalie and Hunter,” Vice President Biden said in a statement Saturday night.
Beau Biden had been considered the front-runner to become Delaware's next governor before he began cancer treatment in 2013. He served with the military in Iraq for a year after his father became vice president.
He was celebrated for taking down one of the worst pedophiles in U.S. history. The case against Earl Bradley — a pediatrician who sexually assaulted dozens of his young patients involved victims as young as 3 months old. He was convicted in 2011 of raping or abusing 86 patients over 11 years, reported the Washington Post.
Patricia Dailey Lewis, director of the Delaware Attorney General Family Division, said Beau Biden worked tirelessly to protect children during his service as the attorney general of Delaware. "When Beau decided to run to be attorney general of Delaware, he had a very clear mission in mind," she wrote for Time this week. "He wanted to address the needs of children, victims of domestic violence, and victims of elder abuse... One example of his leadership stands out in my mind. We were prosecuting Earl Bradley, a pediatrician who had been charged with molesting and raping children in Lewes, Delaware, in early 2010. Beau wanted to make sure that we kept the needs of the victims in mind and that they had the least amount of stress. We read every single file and reached out to every single patient."