March 12, 2018

Cristian Ilie has an accomplished career, a busy family life and also finds the time to run marathons in support of Hospices of Hope. Cristian is part of the team running the LA Marathon 2018 in less than 10 days, and as the event approaches, we have asked him a few questions about his training, motivation and plans for the near future.

Q.: Please tell us a bit about yourself!
A.: I am a proud father and supporter of various social causes developed by NGOs in Romania, while professionally – I have a history with the oil & gas industry of over 15 years, currently being Group Logistics Director with KMG International. Besides family and work, I enjoy practising various sports – tennis, hiking, as well as collecting art.

Q.: What made you sign up for the LA Marathon 2018?
A.: Running my first marathon in L.A. while raising funds for Hospices of Hope is the most meaningful personal challenge from 2018. I have felt the need to get involved in this cause by volunteering, by helping raise the necessary funds for the Copaceni project and I am fully dedicated to supporting their mission even after this race. As a father, I can only imagine the struggle of families with children in need of palliative care. Romania needs to develop palliative care services for everyone affected by terminal or life-limiting illness because every patient must have access to free of charge specialized services at the right time. At the same time, I have to admit that my partner had a significant contribution in choosing the cause and the race.

Q.: Why did you decide to run in support of Hospices of Hope?
A.: I honor and respect the work of Hospices of Hope team, appreciate the results and think about the tremendous impact this type of medical support has upon a person in need of quality palliative care. Running and fundraising are my ways to support the people who provide and receive this medical service.

Q.: Why do you think the work Hospices of Hope do is important?
A.: Palliative care is not well developed or enough covered by medical insurances. With the outburst of life-threatening diseases at all ages and the limitations of the system, Hospices of Hope manages to cover via hospital or at home services a gap which otherwise would remain wide open. There are many people in pain and needs, who do not have access to medical services and who deserve a fair treatment and, most of all, moments of dignity.

Q.: What do you think will get you through the race on the day?
A.: Being my first marathon – I look forward to a totally new and motivating experience, I’m feeling a lot of stress and positive emotions, joy for being able to run and honored to support such a cause and great people.

Q.: What are your plans for immediately after the run?
A.: My purpose is to live a meaningful life, so I shall remain active, involved in various causes and contribute as much as I can to support people around me and the community at large.

Read interviews with other marathon runners who will support Hospices of Hope this year at the LA Marathon: meet Alex, Costinela and Lyle!

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