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Chris Buliga explains why he is running for the MassGeneral Marathon Team Fighting Kids’ Cancer . . . One Step at a Time.

Q&A with marathon runner Chris Buliga

23/Mar/2012

Runner Chris Buliga with patient partner and son Nathan

Runner Chris Buliga with his patient partner and son Nathan

Q: What is your name?

Chris Buliga

Q: Where are you from?

Originally from Windsor, Ontario Canada, but I have been living in Braintree, MA, for seven years.

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

My son, and patient partner Nathan, is being treated at MGHfC.

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

I have absolutely NO experience as a runner. This is my first marathon.

Q: What inspires you as a runner?

What inspires me is the courage and determination that Nathan shows me every day. I am very proud of him.

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

Falling flat on my face after leaving Marathon Sports with new running shoes and heading into a restaurant. No explanation, I just fell.

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

I have learned that he is definitely my hero for having the strength and courage to battle this cancer. He does this while still thinking of others.

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

I am hoping to meet up with Nathan near Mile 26 and cross the finish line with him.

Q: Is there anything else you'd like to add?

I am very honored to have been chosen as one of the runners for this team. I hope I can make everyone proud, even if at the end, Nathan is carrying me across the finish line.

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