Fourth in a series of Daily News profiles of runners entered in Sunday's 33rd annual 10-mile Blue Cross Broad Street Run.
Who: Patti Campese
Residence: Aston, Delaware County
Occupation: Respiratory therapist, Good Shepherd Penn Partners, 18th and Lombard streets
Family: Husband Frank; daughters Kara, 16, Emilie, 12.
Education: Frankford High; Community College of Philadelphia (respiratory school); Neumann University.
Broad Street history: She has run the race "about 10 times." Best time: 1 hour 36 minutes.
Why she started running: After the birth of Emilie she asked Frank, a casual runner, for a good way to lose weight. He suggested she run. Frank: "I thought she would kill me. She came home from running a half-mile and gave me a [killer] look."
Shocking diagnosis: She was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis at age 27. "I was so weak I couldn't walk. My face was numb for a month. Being in the health-care field I thought it was a virus and would go away."
Dealing with MS: Running helps her manage her condition. "I listen to my body. I know what I can handle and what I can't. I take three needles a week and take care of myself. Sleep is important."
Other races: She ran the Mardi Gras Marathon with Team in Training before Hurricane Katrina devastated New Orleans, finishing in 5 hours 30 minutes. Other marathons include New York, Philadelphia, Baltimore and Scranton. Best marathon time: 5:02.
Other interests: Volleyball with her daughters. Also, she's a reality TV junkie: "Survivor" and "American Idol" are her favorites.