Monday, March 18, 2013

Q&A with marathon runner Howard Weinstein, MD

Runner Howard Weinstein with patient partner Carson

Runner Howard Weinstein with patient partner Carson

Q: What is your name? 

A:Howard Weinstein 

Q: Where are you from? 

A:Newton, MA 

Q: What is your role at Massachusetts General Hospital? 

A: Chief of Pediatric Hematology-Oncology 

Q: Why did you choose to run the marathon for MassGeneral Hospital for Children? 

A:  I know firsthand the value of the money raised by our runners in supporting the mission of the childhood cancer program at MGHfC.   

Q: What kind of experience do you have as a runner?  

A: Finding time and energy to train is always a challenge but the marathon experience is worth all of the pain.

Q: What inspires you as a runner?

A: The opportunity to honor one of my patients, or a friend or family member means a great deal to me and that is more than enough to get me from Hopkinton to Boston.

Q: What has been your most memorable moment preparing for the marathon? 

A: My most memorable moments come from watching my teammates get inspired by our patients.

Q: What have you learned about your patient partner and what makes him special? 

A: My patient partner, Carson, always maintains a great attitude and focus on getting better and at the same time he keeps up with his usual everyday life that includs school and competitive squash.

Q: What are you most looking forward to about marathon day? 

A: Without question, stopping at Mile 20 to get hugs from my patient partner and family. 

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