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Marathon Journey to End Cancer

When Aubrey Barr was a child fighting leukemia, she dreamed of one day becoming strong enough to run again. Doctors estimated that young Aubrey would only have six months to live, but a team at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center was able to cure her. Now, the 56-year-old is a marathon runner who raises money for cancer research at Memorial Sloan Kettering. This month, Barr completed her 28th marathon with Fred’s Team when she crossed the finish line at the New York City race. The inspiring athlete has raised over half a million dollars for the hospital that saved her life, and uses her gratitude as motivation to push through each marathon. Barr says the most emotional part of the New York City course is a little past the halfway mark, where she runs right past the Memorial Sloan Kettering building where she received treatment as a child.

Image via Fred’s Team


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