Friday, March 23, 2012

Featured Runners: Marathon 2012

MassGeneral Marathon Team Fighting Kids' Cancer . . . One Step at a Time

Q&A with marathon runner Chris Buliga

“My son, and patient partner Nathan, is being treated at MassGeneral Hospital for Children. What inspires me is the courage and determination that Nathan shows me every day. I am very proud of him. 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&A with marathon runner Lisa Conti

“A friend ran for Mass General many years back and recommended to me. I was immediately touched by the cause and was thrilled to get accepted on the team. ”

Q&A with marathon runner Steven Davis

“My patient partner, Stephen, 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&A with marathon runner Kathleen Doyle, MD

“I never thought I could run a marathon, but so many of my patients at Mass General have demonstrated to me the true resilience of the human spirit. I wanted to run to honor the patients of Mass General and I thought there was not better way to do that than run for MassGeneral Hospital for Children. I am inspired by the strength and determination of all patients facing serious illness, especially my patient partner, Jess. ”

Q&A with marathon runner Jordan Gill

“I am motivated to run by simple things like the weather and good music, however in order to run long distances, you need to be inspired, and that’s what the kids at the Mass General Cancer Center do; they are my inspiration. ”

Q&A with marathon runner Greg Gonzales

“ My mom is a nurse practitioner in the Pediatric Hematology-Oncology Clinic at MassGeneral Hospital for Children, and she put me up to it. I never thought in a million years I could complete a marathon, but she gave me the confidence. I run for Mass General to make my mom proud; she's the hardest working person I know. ”

Q&A with marathon runner Renee Heffron

“I am turning 40 in April and thought there was no better way to celebrate a milestone birthday than to run the Boston Marathon in support of childhood cancer. I love to run, I ran Boston twice unofficially. I’m excited to be able to run in support of the worthiest cause and be an official runner. ”

Q&A with marathon runner Tara Jennings, NP

“I work with a fair number of cancer patients and I see how hard it can be for adults; I can't even imagine how hard it must be for a child and their family. I wanted to find a way to give back to those patients and their families.”

Q&A with marathon runner Marisa Levine

“I’m running in memory of my college friend, Eric, who gave leukemia a serious fight before he passed away in 2008. He was a runner, and an active advocate and fundraiser for cancer research and care. ”

Q&A with marathon runner Antoine Tanne

“I am a researcher in the Mass General pediatrics department. Being paired with Michael is a unique experience, which gives me the chance to really feel my contribution to the fight against cancer. ”

Q&A with marathon runner Howard Weinstein, MD, chief of Pediatric Hematology and Oncology at MassGeneral Hospital for Children

“I run the marathon each year to raise funds for our childhood cancer program and to honor one of my patients. Training for the marathon is always difficult and time consuming, but well worth the commitment. The overall marathon experience is a great way to connect with and support our patients and their families in a non-medical environment. ”

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