Blast from the Past
Kenny S. (Winter Games 2006): Guess who we found at the Colorado National Speedway’s Monster Truck Races on June 17th? Our 2006 Shining Star, Kenny! Kenny, a 2012 graduate of Lincoln Technical School, is currently living in Littleton and working at both Grease Monkey and Colorado National Speedway. Kenny and his parents moved to Nebraska for three years where he spent time racing cars and working. It was young Kenny’s dream to work and race at Colorado National Speedway and here he is! He and a friend are currently building a racing car. We’re so happy to have you back in Colorado! Kenny also wants to be a Shining Stars Foundation volunteer!
Meaghan C. (Winter Games 2001 or 2002), better known now as Dr. Meaghan Cusack, was recently back home visiting and attended a Rockies game with her family through the Outreach Program! Afterwards, we had the pleasure of hearing from her as she shared her story of life after Shining Stars:
"When people ask me why I do what I do I always tell them that from a young age, I knew I was meant to be a doctor. As a kid, I didn’t understand the concept of specialties or types of doctors; however, my experience with chronic illness opened my eyes to the world of medicine and shaped my decision to pursue a doctorate in psychology. I felt that telling my story and embracing the difficult moments of my life allowed me to heal and move forward and I was determined to be someone who allowed others to find themselves in telling their story.
After finishing my undergraduate degree at the University of Colorado at Boulder, I was accepted into graduate school in Chicago, Illinois. I earned my doctorate in clinical psychology from the Illinois School of Professional Psychology in 2016. Graduate school was a long and strenuous journey, but hearing myself being paged as “Doctor Cusack” for the first time on my final day of residency made the experience entirely worth it. I currently work at a private practice in Chicago, providing therapy to children, adolescents and adults.
Through my work, I make an effort to provide a space of unconditional positive regard and acceptance as I feel it allows people to feel safe and engage more fully in therapy. Although I don’t like to think of my experience with cancer as a “gift” or an incredibly positive experience, I know that it has shaped me into the person that I am today and it provided me with the fuel and the passion to pursue my career in this field."