Our mission is to enhance the quality of life in our community and to provide support to community members during their greatest times of need.
We support health and wellness within our community by providing free or low-cost wellness programs close to home; connecting businesses, organizations, and individuals with resources that foster physical, spiritual, and emotional well-being.
We also provide grants to assist patients and family members that are experiencing a catastrophic illness or loss to help alleviate some of the financial and emotional stress associated with these life-changing events.
Helping Families in Need:
The Can't Hurt Steel Community Foundation was started in 2015 by J.J. Hanson and his wife, Kristen Hanson as way of giving back to a community that came out to support them during their greatest time of need.
In 2014, JJ experienced an unexpected grand mal seizures while at a business luncheon in Florida. Testing revealed that JJ had terminal brain cancer, Glioblastoma Multiforme; and he was given a prognosis of 4 months left to live.
JJ immediately embraced the motto "Can't Hurt Steel" to signify his resolve to fight, no matter the odds. Can't Hurt Steel symbolizes more than just physical strength. It's about never giving up. It's the idea that we can endure life't greatest difficulties and turn it into something meaningful.
After undergoing standard and experimental treatment, JJ's cancer fortunately went into remission for 2 years. JJ and Kristen knew that the love, support, and generosity everyone had shown them was an integral part of JJ's healing. Both JJ and Kristen knew they had to find a way to thank everyone in our community for making this such an amazing place to live.
The Can't Hurt Steel Community Foundation was their way of paying forward the hope, strength, and courage our community gave them during the most challenging time of their lives. As a component fund of the Community Foundation of Orange and Sullivan, it is a 501 (c)(3) non-profit organization that raises funds in order to issue grants to individuals experiencing a catastrophic loss or illness, with a particular focus on improving the lives of those living in our community.
JJ passed away on December, 30, 2017 after a 3.5 year battle with cancer. Our hope is that you can live life the way JJ did following his diagnosis...cherishing as many moments with family and friends you possibly can, knowing that EVERY DAY IS A GIFT.
JJ Hanson was a natural leader and elite athlete with charm as infinite as his potential. He played Division II college football, commanded infantry Marines in Iraq, and worked for two Democratic governors before moving into an executive role in the private sector. The country boy from New York moved down to Florida to go live the American dream.
Ways You Can Donate
Please make checks payable to:
CFOS-Can't Hurt Steel Community Foundation
P.O. Box 333
Eldred, NY 12732
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