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By Jenny Song

Hazen Kennedy

By Jenny Song


Hazen Kennedy, who was featured in the Fall 2006 issue of CR with Yuckiest, the Medicine Monkey, died of neuroblastoma at his home in New York City on Nov. 1, 2006. He was 5.

Known for his love of Scooby-Doo, science and magic tricks, “Hazen was a magician, an artist, a scientist, a good friend and an all-around everyman,” says Ellen Rice, his primary care nurse at Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center (MSKCC) in New York City.

A comedian at heart, Amazin’ Hazen, as he was called, once swallowed his chemo pill for the sake of a good joke, says pediatric nurse practitioner Linda D’Andrea of MSKCC.

When D’Andrea joked that she, his mother and another nurse would all fall over if Hazen took his temozolomide, he didn’t think twice before downing the pill, she recalls.

“He looked around, took the medication and down we fell, all of us,” she says. “After some squeamish faces … he smiled his laughing smile … so proud of himself, as were we.”

Hazen’s parents, Scott and Suzan Kennedy, have created a memorial fund in their son’s name. It will “create a unique, interactive, enduring, one-of-a-kind legacy that will serve all children for now and generations to come,” says Scott Kennedy.

To learn more about the project, see CR’s resources and visit www.AmazinHazen.org.