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
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.