Steven Michael Hanson Pediatric Specialists Endowment
The Bronson Health Foundation launched the Pediatric Specialists Endowment in 2014 to secure and sustain the future for children’s health in southwest Michigan. The purpose of this endowment is to recruit and sustain pediatric sub-specialists to Bronson Children’s Hospital allowing pediatric patients who need specialized treatment, and their families, to stay close to home while receiving the best possible care right at Bronson.
In 2019, the Pediatric Specialists Endowment was renamed the Steven Michael Hanson Pediatric Specialists Endowment. This tribute is in memory Steven Hanson who passed at age 35 after his cancer journey. Steven Michael Hanson was born on July 13, 1983. He served in the Michigan National Guard and went on to earn his MBA. Steven was an avid reader, with a fondness for history. A good writer, he described things with a clarity and attention to detail. This trait also translated to his preference for organization. Steve enjoyed sports, traveling, Comic-Con, movies, theater, video games, motorcycles and was always ready for a new adventure. He loved his family and his dog Jake.
Steven was diagnosed with cancer in 2015. During Steve’s treatment for cancer, he saw children in treatment as well, and that experience made him want to help children who were battling cancer and other illnesses. It was his wish that with his passing, his parents would find a way to help these children.
It is with great love that the Steven Michael Hanson Pediatric Specialists Endowment was created in October of 2019. The support from the Hanson family will go on to support excellent care for children and families in perpetuity.
In 2014 and 2015, funds from this endowment were used to support a new pediatric specialty with focused efforts to coordinate regional care and provide expertise to the care of individual children when abuse (physical, emotional and sexual) is suspected, including outpatient exams and evaluations.
To bring attention to the need for pediatric specialists, Dr. Aaron Lane Davies has embarked on a unique journey. Read about his hike across the 1,100 mile Michigan stretch of the North Country Trail.