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Howard Weinstein, MD explains why he is running for the Mass General Marathon Team Fighting Kids’ Cancer . . . One Step at a Time.

Q&A with marathon runner Howard Weinstein, MD


Image of marathon runner Howard Weinstein, MD, and patient partner Lorenzo, age 19, leukemia

Howard Weinstein, MD, running for Lorenzo, age 19, leukemia

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 and Oncology at MGHfC

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

A: I am the founder of our Mass General Marathon Team and know firsthand how important it is to raise money for our childhood cancer program.

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

A: Training for the Boston Marathon is always a challenge, but the experience of running on marathon day makes it all worthwhile.  

Q: What inspires you as a runner?

A: Each year I run in honor of one of my patients, and this is more than enough of an inspiration to get me from Hopkinton to Boston.

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

A: Meeting my fellow teammates at long weekend runs and seeing how committed they are to supporting our childhood cancer program.

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

A: My patient partner came to the United States from the Dominican Republic as a teenager not speaking English, and shortly thereafter was diagnosed with leukemia. He has handled his disease and treatment course with a very positive attitude, and he has learned English and will graduate from high school this year.

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

A: I can’t wait to get to mile 20 to hear the screams of our Mass General Marathon Team cheering section and get hugs from my family and patient partner


Marathon team

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


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