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      Columbia women running for a cure

      COLUMBIA (WACH)-- A group of Columbia women has spent the last several months waking up before dawn to train for a marathon and raise money for cancer research.

      Columbia native Leah McKee is one of them. She TMs leaving for San Francisco Friday to run in the Nike Women TMs Marathon.

      McKee and the others are helping raise money to fight blood cancers through the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society TMs Team in Training program.

      I TMve always wanted to run a marathon. It TMs been a life goal of mine and now, it TMs become so much more than that, says McKee.

      McKee is running for people like 6-year-old Abigail Mathias of Irmo.

      She was diagnosed with leukemia when she was 4-years-old.

      It wasn TMt fun when I was sick. I got sad, says Abigail.

      After two years of grueling treatment, Abigail went into remission.

      We just want her to be healthy, happy and to have a regular childhood, says Abigail TMs mother Heather Mathias.

      While doctors are keeping a close eye on Abigail, she is blossoming these days. Abigail enjoys playing with her dolls, watching television, and gymnastics.

      She says she wants to be a veterinarian when she grows up.