Monday, March 31, 2014

Q&A with marathon runner Howard Weinstein, MD

Image of marathon runner Howard Weinstein, MD, and patient partner Lorenzo, age 19, leukemia

Howard Weinstein, MD, running for Lorenzo, age 19, leukemia

Q: What is your name?

A: Howard Weinstein

Q: Where are you from?

A: Newton, MA

Q: What is your role at Massachusetts General Hospital?

A: Chief of Pediatric Hematology and Oncology at MGHfC

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

A: I am the founder of our Mass General Marathon Team and know firsthand how important it is to raise money for our childhood cancer program.

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

A: Training for the Boston Marathon is always a challenge, but the experience of running on marathon day makes it all worthwhile.  

Q: What inspires you as a runner?

A: Each year I run in honor of one of my patients, and this is more than enough of an inspiration to get me from Hopkinton to Boston.

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

A: Meeting my fellow teammates at long weekend runs and seeing how committed they are to supporting our childhood cancer program.

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

A: My patient partner came to the United States from the Dominican Republic as a teenager not speaking English, and shortly thereafter was diagnosed with leukemia. He has handled his disease and treatment course with a very positive attitude, and he has learned English and will graduate from high school this year.

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

A: I can’t wait to get to mile 20 to hear the screams of our Mass General Marathon Team cheering section and get hugs from my family and patient partner

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