Maire Kent’s journey ends, inspires work on cardiac sarcomas

This summer a triumphant Maire Kent finished a Stomp Out Sarcoma race at a Dexter park with her University of Michigan cardio-oncologist Dr. Monika Leja pushing her across the finish line.

Dr. Leja and Maire

Dr. Monica Leja with Maire Kent in July at Hudson Mills park.

Their friendship started when Maire’s cancer fight began in November 2012 as doctors linked the young woman’s flu-like symptoms to cardiac sarcoma. She had a decision to make – let the raging tumor in her heart take her life in the next few short weeks, or wage an all-out fight.

Anyone who knew Maire, a United States Army Private First Class, would know that she was going to fight, and fight she did for the next 11 months. Her journey recently came to an end with friends and family saying their final farewells today. Maire was 24.

Maire’s cancer journey has been documented by an Emmy-winning producer for the documentary, “Embrace of Dying,” which will be released next year. The special film will celebrate her life and bring attention to the newly created Maire Kent Memorial Fund for Cardiac Tumor Research at the University of Michigan Frankel Cardiovascular Center.

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