Monday, March 31, 2014

Q&A with marathon runner Caitlin Hemeon, RN

Image of marathon runner Caitlin Hemeon, and patient partner philip, age 7, Leukemia
Caitlin Hemeon, RN, running for Philip, age 7, leukemia.

Q: What is your name?

A: Caitlin Hemeon, RN

Q: Where are you from?

A: Sandwich, MA

Q: What is your role at Massachusetts General Hospital?

A: I am a pediatric registered nurse.

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

A: I wanted to run the marathon as a way to give back to my patients and their families. As a pediatric nurse at MGHfC, I witness firsthand the impact of childhood cancer. By running the marathon I am able to raise awareness, raise research funds and hopefully be one step closer to finding a cure.

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

A: I run about 4 to 5 miles three times a week. I ran my first marathon ever last year with the Mass General Marathon Team. I was stopped less than a half mile from the finish line.

Q: What inspires you as a runner?

A: My patients are who inspired me to run the marathon.

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

A: I would have to say it was probably during my 18 mile training run. It was really hard, and I was having a hard time getting up those hills. But I thought of my patients and kept on going. If they can endure all those rounds of chemotherapy, then I can certainly run up this hill. They are my inspiration.

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

A: I have had the honor of taking care of philip during many of his inpatient stays at MGHfC. During this time, I have really gotten to know philip and his family. He is funny, kind, loving, resilient and always smiling. He also plays a mean game of Super Mario Brothers.

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

A: I am looking forward to seeing philip and my friends and family at Mile 20. I can't wait to see the fans of Boston who cheer and encourage like no other, and I can't wait to finally cross that finish line.

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

A: I am very thankful to be a part of this year’s team. It is such an amazing experience, and I am grateful to be able to run and raise money for such a great cause.

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