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From The Hospital To The Track, WMC Nurse Draws On Patient Inspiration

Maria Fareri nurse, Jean Lavin.
Maria Fareri nurse, Jean Lavin. Photo Credit: Contributed

VALHALLA, N.Y. -- This fall, six Westchester Medical Center Health Network employees from across the Hudson Valley will channel their fighting spirit in the TCS New York City Marathon on Nov. 6.

For nurse and Somers resident Jean Lavin, when discussing her 29-year career with the organization, she likes to say, “I grew up here.” As a pediatric cardiology nurse clinician at Maria Fareri Children’s Hospital in Valhalla, she’s seen many patients grow up – as well as many who were robbed of that chance.

That's why as Lavin prepares to run her second consecutive TCS New York City Marathon, she's dedicating her race to all of her past and present patients, as well as to the dedicated staff she feels privileged to work with daily. It's in these patients and coworkers that she finds motivation, mile after mile.

“I’ve had the opportunity to see and be inspired by the wonderful, lifesaving work of our physicians and nurses, and to help patients and families understand and navigate complex and difficult cardiac diagnoses,” she said. Come this November, Lavin will rely on them just as much as they have come to rely on her.

Donations collected for each runner’s efforts will support essential programs and services in the local and regional hospitals the runners represent. To give, click here.