Wednesday, March 16, 2016

Q&A with marathon runner Howard Weinstein

Weinstein will run his 19th marathon as captain of the 'Mass General Marathon Team Fighting Kids' Cancer . . . One Step at a Time' team.

Q1. What is your name?
A1. Howard Weinstein

Q2. Where are you from?
A2. Newton, MA

Q3. What is your role at Massachusetts General Hospital?
A3. Chief, Pediatric Hematology and Oncology at MGHfC

Q4. Why did you choose to run the marathon for MassGeneral Hospital for Children?
A4. I am running the marathon for MGHfC to raise much needed funds to support our childhood cancer program and to honor our patients who are receiving cancer therapy. As team captain, I also have the opportunity to introduce our runners to MGHfC’s clinical and research programs and motivate them to become long term supporters of our efforts.

Q5. What kind of experience do you have as a runner?
A5. This will be my 25th Boston Marathon raising money for cancer care and research.

Q6. What inspires you as a runner?
A6. Each and every day I am inspired by the resilience of my patients and their families and the progress we are making in increasing the cure rates for all types of childhood cancer.

Q7. What has been your most memorable moment preparing for the marathon?
A7. It is hard to pick one moment but I would have to say it has been meeting and training with my incredibly enthusiastic teammates.

Q8. What have you learned about your patient partner and what makes him special?
A8. My partner is a little boy with Down syndrome who also has leukemia. On each of his clinic visits I get a huge smile and hug that makes my day.

Q9. What are you most looking forward to about marathon day?
A9. I always look forward to the MGH cheering section at Mile 20. What an amazing boost to get high fives and hugs from family, friends and my patient partner.

Q10. Is there anything else you'd like to add?
A10. I can’t wait for Marathon Monday!

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