Kathryn Lyons

If you want to get to the GOP retreat, you have to get through Kathryn Lyons first
The road to Baltimore goes through Heard on the Hill

Oklahoma Rep. Tom Cole shows off his reading materials for Thursday’s bus ride to the House Republicans’ retreat in Baltimore. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

Kristina Baum is an avid runner and a top House staffer. She’s also battling cancer

Kristina Baums stretches during an early morning run on the National Mall (Thomas McKinless/CQ Roll Call).

Kristina Baum isn’t letting her third bout with cancer slow her down. The GOP communications director for the House Natural Resources Committee told Roll Call “press waits for no one,” as she fielded phone calls during her monthly cancer treatment at Johns Hopkins. And in November, she hopes to run the New York City Marathon.

Roll Call’s Heard on the Hill reporter Kathryn Lyons sat down with Kristina during a break in one of her early morning runs before a long day of work on the Hill. Here’s Kristina’s story.