Albany, NY – J.J. Hanson, President of Patients’ Rights Action Fund and advocate for the terminally ill, passed away on December 30, 2017.
Many friends of New Yorkers for Constitutional Freedoms will remember J.J., as we were privileged to host him as a speaker at our 2016 Legislative Day in Albany. A Marine Corps veteran, husband, and father, J.J. was diagnosed with terminal brain cancer and given four months to live. After enduring undergoing surgery, chemotherapy, and an experimental treatment regimen, J.J outlived this prognosis by more than three years and became a national leader in the battle against physician-assisted suicide. J.J.’s encouraging story of courage and perseverance has been invaluable in halting the spread of assisted-suicide laws, both in New York and across the country. NYCF had the opportunity to work alongside J.J. through the New York Alliance Against Assisted Suicide; J.J.’s selflessness, his indomitable spirit, and his perseverance through difficult trials were a blessing to many.
Jason J. McGuire, Executive Director, New Yorkers for Constitutional Freedoms, said Hanson reminded us of what truly mattered. “J.J. would say, ‘Every single day is a gift, and you can’t let that go,’” remembered McGuire. “Like few do, he understood that time is a precious and measured commodity. He didn’t want to waste one bit of it. J.J. loved people in the moment, and through his example, he challenged us to do the same.”
J.J. is survived by his devoted wife, Kristen, and their two sons. Please remember them in your prayers as they grieve the loss of their husband and father. To give a financial gift to the Hanson family, please click here.
NYCF thanks the Lord for the life and work of our friend, J.J. Hanson.
“I thank my God upon every remembrance of you” (Philippians 1:3).