Hanson Gift Memorializes Community Volunteer

hanson.jpgWhile accompanying his wife, Karen Hanson, to treatments at the Carol G. Simon Cancer Center, what stood out to Jon Hanson was the dedication he saw in every nurse, physician and caregiver.

“You can do a job, or you can do a job with a smile,” Hanson, chairman and founder of The Hampshire Real Estate Companies and The Hampshire Foundation, Inc., said. “It’s the positive attitude that I saw all around me. Everyone entered the room with a smile on their face or an encouraging word for us. It was quite remarkable to witness,” the long-time Bernardsville, New Jersey resident and 2018 NJ Hall of Fame inductee, added.

Their experience led the Hansons to donate generously to the renovation and expansion of the Carol G. Simon Cancer Center, a part of the Growing Forward Campaign.

Their gift named the Karen H. Hanson Waiting Room at the new 36-chair Infusion Center which opened in January 2020, an area where Karen Hanson spent a lot of time waiting for treatments. The 81-year-old battled Stage IV lung cancer and developed malignant brain tumors on three different occasions, over a seven-year period.

After his wife’s passing, Jon Hanson saw the waiting room naming as an apt legacy for someone who had given so much of her time and talent to the community. Karen Hanson volunteered extensively in food pantries and homeless shelters and, in 1992, founded the Paige Whitney Babies Center, named after the Hanson’s granddaughter who died at two months of Sudden Infant Death Syndrome.

As a patient at Morristown Medical Center, Karen Hanson relied on the power of prayer right alongside her medical treatments. Her positive experience with the hospital made a lasting impression. In her last days, she requested donations be made to the Foundation for Morristown Medical Center.

To learn more about supporting Carol G. Simon Cancer Center, contact Lisa Duff at 973-593-2405 or lisa.duff@atlantichealth.org

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