Hillary Clinton on Monday vowed to continue Vice President Joe Biden's cancer moonshot initiative if she becomes elected president.

"I could not be prouder to stand with Vice President Biden in this fight, and as president, I will take up the charge," Clinton said in a statement Monday before an appearance with Biden in Pennsylvania.

The moonshot kicked off this year with a goal of conducting 10 years worth of cancer research in five years. Clinton lauded the initiative's goal of "pushing for more enrollment in clinical trials, sharing research data and providing new tools for patients."

Clinton said that Congress needed to fulfill the Obama administration's request for moonshot funding next year. She pointed to restoring more funding to National Institutes of Health and the National Cancer Institute.

President Obama's budget called for a $6.2 billion increase for the NIH in 2017 compared to current funding levels.