Friday, March 23, 2012

Q&A with marathon runner Lisa Conti

Runners Lisa Conti and Renee Heffron with patient partner Olivia

Runners Lisa Conti and Renee Heffron with patient partner Olivia

Q: What is your name?

Lisa Conti.

Q: Where are you from?

Boston, MA.

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

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

Up until four years ago I never ran more than six miles. I then decided to train for Boston half marathon. Once I achieved that goal I applied to run for Mass General in 2009. This will be my fourth Boston marathon running for Mass General.

Q: What inspires you as a runner?

Running for an amazing cause such as the Mass General team.

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

Every year my most memorable moment preparing for the marathon is the 20 mile long run from Hopkinton. Being amongst hundreds of runners representing various charities is a proud and inspiring moment I experience each year.

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

Olivia has undergone so much fighting against her disease, but you would never know it as her smile always lights up the entire room. Even though she has undergone so much she is an amazing big sister and takes good care of her younger sister Chloe.

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

I am most looking forward to Mile 20 when I can give Olivia a BIG hug. Seeing Olivia at Mile 20 is what will get me through the day.

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