Announcing YOUTH 2019 Main Stage Speaker: Jeff Hanson
We are excited to welcome Jeff to the main stage for the last evening of YOUTH 2019. We promise you will love this inspiring story!
Self-taught as an artist, Jeff first began painting watercolor notecards while undergoing chemotherapy at age 12. What was initially a pastime and distraction from his treatments, Jeff’s painting soon evolved into a curbside business, Jeff’s Bistro. Proceeds benefitted the Children’s Tumor Foundation to fund optic tumor research.
Jeff’s original notecards gradually transitioned to acrylics on canvas, both for sale and gifts to charity live auctions across the nation. At age 15, the “accidental artist,” in a business built on a philanthropy-first model, became Jeffrey Owen Hanson LLC.
While Jeff enjoys a very successful career as an artist, his philanthropic spirit has resulted in more than 200 non-profit organizations benefiting from his auctioned works. Jeff has been awarded both Young Philanthropist of the Year and Young Entrepreneur of the Year for his efforts. He was a People Magazine “Hero Among Us” and appeared on CNN’s “Impact Your World.” In 2015, Hanson was honored by The NASCAR Foundation with the Betty Jane France Humanitarian Award and his inspirational story was profiled on CBS Sunday Morning.
Jeff’s remarkable journey through adversity is summarized by his slogan, “Don’t let your CLOD define you!” Focus on what you CAN do, not what you CAN’T do! Jeff Hanson has become defined by art, philanthropy, and entrepreneurship. Not by CLOD. Not the kid who lost his vision to a brain tumor.