Wednesday, March 23, 2016

Q&A with marathon runner Courtney Fine

After watching her daughter's MGHfC experience, Courtney trains for Boston

Courtney Fine (right) and patient partner, Nicole
Courtney Fine (right) and patient partner, Nicole.

Q. What is your name? 
Courtney Fine

Q. Where are you from?
I grew up in Belmont, MA and have lived in Burlington for 10 years. 

Q. What is your connection to Massachusetts General Hospital? 
My youngest daughter is a patient at MassGeneral Hospital for Children.

Q. Why did you choose to run the marathon for MassGeneral Hospital for Children?
Our family is very supportive of MGHfC as our youngest daughter has endured a few surgeries since birth and is followed by several specialists. We have received unbelievable support, and running on behalf of Mass General is one way our family can give back to the hospital. We feel that MGHfC is a family, and we are fortunate to have such an amazing medical facility so close to our home. 

Q. What kind of experience do you have as a runner?
This year will be my second year running the Boston Marathon, and this is my second marathon. I have always enjoyed running, but I was never a distance runner. After having my daughter and seeing how strong and resilient she is and learning more about the MGHfC Cancer Center and the amazing patients, I was motivated to run last year. Last year was such an incredible and rewarding experience, I wanted to do it again. 

Q. What inspires you as a runner?
I am inspired by the children that are fighting cancer. I feel that getting out to run every day is a privilege, and the endurance it takes to run a marathon can’t even come close in comparison to what these children are facing every day. I run for the children and the hope for a cure for childhood cancers. 

Q. What has been your most memorable moment preparing for the marathon?
Fundraising is a family affair for us. The most memorable day for me this year so far was the day I was holding my fundraiser. My three daughters, 5, 8 and 11, were up very early all dressed with their Mass General t-shirts, decorated cupcakes and made signs for our event. They were just as excited about the party as my husband and I. They helped us every step of the way, helping to spread the word and collect donations. The support they have given me at such a young age always moves me. I can still see their faces last year when I saw them at mile 20. It brought tears to my eyes when they ran up to hug me. I couldn’t do this without their support and my husband’s as well.  

Q. What are you most looking forward to about marathon day?
I am looking forward to reaching mile 20 and seeing all the blue Mass General t-shirts, my patient partner and my family! Then of course crossing the finish line. 

Q. Is there anything else you'd like to add?
I am thankful to once again have the opportunity to run on behalf of MGHfC and to also be a part of the Patient Partner Program. I hope that I will be able to continue to run for Mass General for years to come. I am also humbled by the generosity and support that I have once again received from my family, friends and community. 

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