Monica Barlow, an affiliate member of the AACR, died February 28, 2014, from complications due to non-small cell lung cancer at the age of 36. Barlow had graciously shared her story in the AACR Cancer Progress Report 2012.
Born June 5, 1977, in Downers Grove, Illinois, Barlow grew up in Virginia and graduated from the College of William and Mary. Barlow was director of public relations for the Baltimore Orioles, one of only a few women to hold such a role in Major League Baseball.
Barlow was diagnosed with stage IV non-small cell lung cancer in 2009 after seeing a doctor about a lingering cough that did not respond to several courses of antibiotics and shortness of breath she had experienced while training for a half marathon. Following her diagnosis, Barlow was treated with traditional and experimental treatments by a team at the Sidney Kimmel Comprehensive Cancer Center at Johns Hopkins and was able to continue to work, travel, and spend time with loved ones throughout her whole time in treatment.
Barlow had also become an active advocate and supporter of cancer research, raising funds and providing interviews about her experience.
She was involved with Major League Baseball’s cancer research partner, Stand Up To Cancer, of which the AACR is a Scientific Partner, as well as the LUNGevity Foundation, which is committed to accelerating research into early detection and treatments for lung cancer. She is survived by her husband, parents, sister, brother, in-laws, nieces, nephew, and miniature dachshund.