As Joe Biden is running for president, the independent nonprofit organization he founded to fight cancer suspended its operations.

The announcement was made Monday on Facebook.

The independent nonprofit organization was built on the goals of the White House Cancer Moonshot program created by President Barack Obama and led by Vice President Joe Biden.  It also had a special meaning to Joe Biden, whose son, former Delaware Attorney General Beau Biden died of brain cancer at age 46 in 2015.

The Biden Cancer Initiative launched on June 26, 2017.

"For more than two years, the Biden Cancer Initiative has focused on creating and implementing programs and platforms that accelerated progress against cancer," said Greg Simon, president of the Biden Cancer Initiative. "Today, we are suspending activities given our unique circumstances. We remain personally committed to the cause, but at this time will have to pause efforts. We thank the community for their incredible response to our mission to improve the cancer journey for patients and to improve outcomes for all patients for generations to come."

Joe Biden and Dr. Jill Biden had stepped down from the Biden Cancer Initiative Board of Directors in April.