Using the memory of her mother, Jean, as motivation, WPIX‘s Magee Hickey tells our sister blog FishbowlNY, she’ll run the New York City Marathon as her first marathon.   Hickey’s mother died of colon cancer five years ago.

“She would love that I’m doing this in her memory to raise money for other people, because her life was always about doing for other people.”

According to Fishbowl NY, The WPIX reporter got the idea to run when then assistant, now interim, news director John Houseman assigned her to a series of profiles on cancer survivors running the half-marathon.

That’s when it hit the veteran broadcast journalist. She was a cancer survivor, who suggested going through the rigors of training and ultimately running. But a cautious Houseman wasn’t pushing her to participate. He just wanted his reporter to keep her mic in hand, meeting with the cancer survivors regularly for updates on their training. Hickey wanted more, and she got permission to run. However, she was told that her inclusion wasn’t “the story”.

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