Monday, March 31, 2014

Q&A with marathon runner Pete Guiney

Image of marathon runner Pete Guiney, and patient partner Kevin, age 20, Brain Tumor

Pete Guiney, running for Kevin, age 20, brain tumor

Q: What is your name?

A:  Pete Guiney

Q: Where are you from?

A: I grew up in Dorchester, MA, and currently live in Charlestown, MA.

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

A: I was intrigued by the idea of getting teamed up with a patient in the Pediatric Hematology and Oncology Program. Also, my mom was treated at the Mass General Cancer Center during her bout with cancer in 2003-2004.

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

A: Not much. I ran two half marathons prior to this marathon.

Q: What inspires you as a runner?

A: I don’t really consider myself a runner, but the idea of accomplishing this amazing athletic feat is appealing to me.

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

A: Running on the first warm Saturday of the year out on Heartbreak Hill and seeing so many runners doing the same thing I was doing: training for Boston.

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

A: I was fortunate to get teamed up with a patient that is probably older than most of the patients in the Pediatric Hematology and Oncology Clinic at MGHfC, and so we can have adult conversations. He told me about getting diagnosed and all the treatment he has gone through. I was taken by the way Kevin approaches his situation, doesn’t feel sorry for himself and just looks forward to having this behind him. He is planning a trip to Europe this summer after he is done with treatment, and he is so excited.

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

A: I think seeing all the people on the route. People I do know, people I don’t. It’s going to be pretty amazing. This being my first marathon, I am especially looking forward to turning onto Boylston St and being among masses of people. That’s going to be exciting.

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