RENTON, Wash. - A Washington State
Patrol trooper lost a years-long battle with cancer Tuesday.
Trooper Renee Padgett passed away at
the age of 50 after suffering for more than six years with multiple myloma, a
rare cancer of the white blood cells.
It is with great sadness and a heavy heart
to share that Trooper Renee Padgett passed away this morning at the age of 50
with 27 years with the WSP. Renee fought a tough battle with cancer for 6 and a
half years. She spent her whole career in King County. #YouAreMissed
Trooper Rick Johnson (@wspd2pio)
Padgett had been with the State
Patrol for 27 years, with her entire career spent in King County.
Padgett first knew something was
wrong when she suffered horrible back pain in 2012 and was diagnosed with the
blood cancer. She underwent a stem-cell transplant in 2013 with her own cells
and went into remission for two years.
She was about two weeks from coming
back to duty when she found out the cancer had come back, said Padgett's
partner, Marcella Egan.
During Padgett's battle with cancer,
KOMO News chronicled her quest to find a bone marrow donor who might be able to
save her life.
Her uniformed colleagues have held
donor drives in Bellevue, Olympia and Spokane. Many soldiers at Joint Base
Lewis-McChord also volunteered to see if they were a match.
Padgett also received support from
some unlikely allies in the Pierce County Jail, who read about her
deteriorating condition and desperate need for a donor. She said 40 inmates
volunteered to be tested to see if they were a match and added to the national
"I think it's amazing not just
as a trooper but as a mother that these guys are willing to do that," said
But when Padgett and her partner
called around to agencies that register donors, she said they were told inmates
weren't eligible because of risks and rules.