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

Q&A with marathon runner Steven Davis

23/Mar/2012

Runner Steven Davis with patient partner Stephen

Runner Steven Davis with patient partner Stephen

Q: What is your name?

Steven Davis.

Q: Where are you from?

Londonderry, NH.

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

There are several reasons. One came from a project I was working on with Kelly Clark of the Mass General Development Office. We somehow got talking about running, and she mentioned the marathon team. It caught my attention, but when she described the patient partner program, I knew this was something I wanted to do. The opportunity to help fight childhood cancer is such a direct and meaningful way was just amazing to me.

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

I have run for many years. When in college I was a Nordic skier on the University of New Hampshire ski team, and there was much running in the summer for training. (The skiing was much more fun!)  I continued to run for recreation, and it became more enjoyable.

Q: What inspires you as a runner?

Just being outside and running in the countryside of New Hampshire is wonderful. It often clarifies things for me.

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

Without a doubt it was my patient partner, Stephen Broderick, holding a large sign cheering me on in Natick during the 20-mile team run. I will never forget looking up and seeing him waving the sign. It wasn’t even race day. How can one get anymore inspiration than that?!

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

He is just a delightful, bright boy with a quick sense of humor. We were both laughing soon after our first meeting. Stephen is also so optimistic and full of life. He wants to be a culinary chef, and I want to be first in line when he opens his restaurant!

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

I cannot cite just one aspect, because this is one the most meaningful things I have ever done. So, I have to say it is THE entire day: socializing with the team prior to the start, the bus ride out, the start, the early easy part of the run, seeing my patient partner Stephen and his family and my family at Mile 20, and that final six miles to the finish. I can only imagine… but it already brings tears to my eyes.

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

I would just like to thank Kelly, Amy and all the others who have gotten me involved with this activity. I am also running in memory of Ginger, my lovely wife of nearly 41 years. This has been a difficult year, but the Mass General marathon team has been a shining light of joy for me. It gave me a goal, and I have met so many wonderful, caring and totally dedicated people including my teammates. Thank you all!! I will never forget.

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The Mass General Marathon Team has raised more than $6 million in support of the MassGeneral Hospital for Children Cancer Center.