Michael and Mary Sue Shannon

Denver couple explains why they support Mayo Clinic

By Mayo Clinic Staff

Michael and Mary Sue Shannon, Mayo Clinic Philanthropic Partners, Denver

"We are honored to partner with Mayo Clinic in our support of regenerative medicine. It is a fascinating field.

"The work Andre Terzic, M.D., Ph.D., has recently done in his cardiology practice — to grow heart muscle and get it to regenerate itself, without the risk of serious rejection — is going to transform the country's health care, if not the world's health care.

"But a distinguishing characteristic about Mayo is not only the research. It also has a patient volume and a practice ability to test the efficacy of the discoveries. It's one thing to have research capability, which Mayo excels in, but it's another to also have a care-delivery system in which you can very carefully test these ideas and be able to do that on a large enough scale to be meaningful.

"At Mayo, solutions aren't just isolated in the research. They're actually putting them into action. And that's unique." — Michael and Mary Sue Shannon