Jeff Hanson, Neurofibromatosis, Healing, Heart,

Episode 41: Projects and People are Healing Their Hearts

“Every act of kindness helps create kinder communities, more compassionate nations and a better world for all…even one painting at a time.”  – Jeff Hanson

In episode 41, “Projects and People are Healing Their Hearts”, hear the legacy of Jeff Hanson told by his parents, Julie and Hal Hanson. Born with Neurofibromatosis, Jeff would lose enough of his sight by the age of 12 that his parents understood they would need to find adjustments in their dream bank. Jeff wouldn’t drive a car or be able to see the stars in the sky but he would leave a legacy of kindness and beauty as well as donate over $1 million dollars to philanthropic causes by the age of 21.



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Episode 041 – Mindy with Julie Hanson

Title “Projects and People are Healing Their Hearts”

 

“Now faith is confidence in what we hope for and assurance about what we do not see” – Hebrews 11:1. This is the verse I think of when Dr. Hal and Julie Hanson and their beloved son, Jeff, come to mind.

With one look at the Jeff Hanson Art website you will find the chunky texture and screaming colors that have been the signature style of Jeff and his team, also known as mom and dad. Since he blossomed into an artist through happenstance, perseverance and a desire to share kindness with others one piece of art at a time Jeff’s art has been sought after by charity auctions and high profile celebrities, including Sir Elton John.

Born with Neurofibromatosis, Jeff would lose enough of his sight by the age of 12 that his parents understood they would need to find adjustments in their dream bank. Jeff wouldn’t drive a car or be able to see the stars in the sky but he would leave a legacy of kindness and beauty as well as donate over $1 million dollars to philanthropic causes by the age of 21.

Jeff, Hal and Julie touched my life by entering our story at a seriously difficult time. You can hear a piece of the heartache and rescue by listening to podcast episode 25, “What Constitutes Your Palette of Joy?” or read about their genuine love of others in my book, Healing a Shattered Soul. The Hanson family joined the tribe of humans who were the right people to have around us when we needed someone to help carry the grief and sorrow of losing my father and oldest son, Reat, to hate and violence.

I know the great lessons discussed and shared in this podcast will resonate with you. Luckily many of these and more can be found in a book Dr. Hal Hanson published in 2013 titled, “Lessons from CLOD; An Inspiring Story of Art, Philanthropy and Entrepreneurship”.

Jeff’s art is quite amazing and yet during his life, he won awards for philanthropy, kindness and generosity highlighting the character of his soul not his paintings. Jeff lives on in his parents, their family and friends, my heart and luckily in his art, too.

“Every act of kindness helps create kinder communities, more compassionate nations and a better world for all…even one painting at a time.”  – Jeff Hanson

 

Resources for this episode:

The Church of the Resurrection

CBS Sunday Morning – Inner Vision

Children’s Tumor Foundation

Post Traumatic Stress Disorder assistance

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