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Kenny Shann explains why he is running for the MassGeneral Marathon Team Fighting Kids’ Cancer . . . One Step at a Time.

Q&A with marathon runner Kenny Shann

18/Mar/2013

Kenny Shann, running for Amanuel age 4, Leukemia

Kenny Shann, running for Amanuel age 4, Leukemia

Q: What is your name?  

A: Kenny Shann 

Q: Where are you from?  

A: Middleton, MA 

Q: What is your role at Massachusetts General Hospital?  

A: Director, Perfusion Services, Division of Cardiac Surgery 

Q: Why did you choose to run the marathon for MassGeneral Hospital for Children?  

A: I enjoy running, was interested to run a marathon, and became highly motivated to train knowing my efforts would help raise money for Fighting Kids' Cancer. 

Q: What kind of experience do you have as a runner? 

A: I have run many half-marathons and one full marathon (Marine Corps 2011).

Q: What inspires you as a runner?  

A: I have a significant family history of heart disease with my father undergoing heart surgery 4 times (2 coronary artery bypass operations and 2 heart transplants) 

Q: What has been your most memorable moment preparing for the marathon? 

A: Meeting Amanuel, my 4 year old patient partner! 

Q: What have you learned about your patient partner and what makes him special?  

A: He likes hot sauce on his spaghetti and likes to play with slime.  He is an adorable child who is full of life! 

Q: What are you most looking forward to about marathon day?  

A: My wife and 5 children meeting Amanuel and seeing him after the race. 

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