Barger running Marine Corps Marathon

Elkins resident Kate Barger will be running the 26.2 mile Marine Corps Marathon on Oct. 27 to raise money for the Team in Training, a fundraising program of the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society.

Team in Training participants have raised more than $41.3 billion for cancer research therapies that are saving lives today. LLS is the world’s largest voluntary health organization dedicated to funding blood cancer research, education and patient services.

Barger’s close friend, Stephanie Ruud, is her inspiration for running the marathon.

“Steph’s inner strength, determination and courage are beyond admirable; I feel honored to run in her honor,” Barger said.

Stephanie, a cancer survivor, was diagnosed with acute myelogenous leukemia – a cancer of the blood and bone marrow, the spongy tissue inside bones where blood cells are made. The word “acute” in acute myelogenous leukemia denotes the disease’s rapid progression. The disease is called myelogenous leukemia because it affects a group of white blood cells called the myeloid cells, which normally develop into various types of mature blood cells, such as red blood cells, white blood cells and platelets.

Barger hopes to raise $2,000 in this fight against cancer.

Please consider donating to this important cause; you may make a donation in honor or memory of a loved one by visiting

Below are a few statistics:

This disease claims nearly 1,200 victims a week.

Every four minutes, one person is diagnosed with a blood cancer.

146 people each day die from a blood cancer, which is one person every 10 minutes.

Leukemia causes at least one-third of all cancer deaths in children younger than 15.

86 percent of adults were surprised to learn that treatments from chronic diseases were initially tested and FDA-approved as treatments for blood cancers.

94 percent of younger adults (ages 18-34) were surprised to learn that researchers are close to a cure for some blood cancers.

81 percent of younger adults were surprised to learn that more than one-third of blood cancer patients do not survive.

Below are a few facts:

A prescription for anti-nausea medicine costs $38.

A week of low-grade therapy costs $54. $54.00 = a week of low grade therapy

A blood transfusion costs $115.

Team in Training is a nonprofit, tax-exempt 501 (c)(3) organization. If you have any questions regarding donations, please contact 800-726-CURE (2873).