Friday, March 23, 2012

Q&A with Jordan Gill

Q: What is your name?

Jordan Gill.

Q: Where are you from?

Boston, MA.

Q: What is your role at Massachusetts General Hospital?

Executive assistant to the vice president for Development.

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

I had always wanted to do it for the personal challenge, and as an employee volunteer, I was inspired by the pasta dinner before the 2009 Marathon. You can’t find a better cause than childhood cancer, and the Mass General team is a wonderful team to be a part of.

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

I was a national champion rower in high school, but started running in college to stay in shape after I retired from rowing. The better I got at running, the more I enjoyed it. There is nothing better than a long run on a beautiful day.

Q: What inspires you as a runner?

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

Running a half marathon during my vacation to South Africa.

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

Lizany is one of three children in her family; two of whom have spent a significant portion of their lives in treatment at Mass General. Lizany is special because she comes from a family of strong survivors and despite the horrific experiences she has had to face, she faces each with a sweet disposition.

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

I am looking forward to seeing Lizany and her family at Mile 20 as they cheer on our team.

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

I encourage any other members of the Mass General community who have considered running the Boston Marathon, to run as part of the Mass General team. It is a life-changing opportunity!

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