Karin Leppanen, RN, MS, OCN, Nurse Manager for Cancer Services, IV Therapy at Beverly Hospital and the Ambulatory Clinics at Addison Gilbert Hospital, is participating in this year’s Lahey Health 5K. She certainly goes the extra mile for her patients and their families each and every day, but she’ll also be going a few extra miles – 3.1 miles, to be exact – on June 23.
Lahey Health: How long have you been participating in the 5K?
Karin Leppanen: My first year participating on a team was 2012, and I was part of the Peabody site planning committee at that time (before we merged into one walk)!
LH: What is your most moving or funniest memory of the 5K?
KL: I believe it was our 2013 team that decided to have a theme. I don’t know how but we ended up all wearing leis and mustaches, a bit funny and a bit awkward as well – the mustaches didn’t
stay in place long!
LH: How big is the team you’re captain of, and how long has the team been together?
KL: The “Ribbons of Hope” team is a relatively small group, usually around 10-12 members and is comprised of NHC staff from cancer services and some of our support departments like Interventional Radiology, IT and Interpretive Services.
LH: Why are you participating in the 5K?
KL: I enjoy the opportunity to support my patients, see colleagues outside of work and get some exercise in as well.
LH: What are the feelings you have during the 5K, or in the days that follow?
KL: I’m always amazed at the mix of people who come out to support their loved ones, their caregivers and of course the survivors. It’s an inspirational day.
Thank you Karin for all you do to go above and beyond for our patients each and every day! There’s still time to sign up for this year’s 5K. To register, or for more information, visit LaheyHealth5K.org.