Mary Jo Harte is a registered nurse with over 30 years experience. She is currently a hospice nurse in Chicago. In September of 2011 she became Patrick's first nurse when he returned home from the hospital. Mary Jo, who was never particularly interested in working with teenagers or in rehab, found her days becoming filled with learning and laughter and her life was fundamentally changed. She now functions as Patrick's friend and advocate. She celebrates Patrick and their friendship by participating in the Chicago Triathlon each year as a fund raising project.