Dave Hanson Medical Expense Fund

$38,655 of $40,000 goal

Raised by 392 people in 18 months
Created December 14, 2017
Hockey friends...hunting and fishing buddies...Alaskans...Minnesotans!  

         The Hammer needs your help! 
 Dave "The Hammer" Hanson suffered a massive stroke the morning of Dec. 7, 2017. He was rushed to Mat Su Regional Hospital, then medivaced to Providence Hospital in Anchorage.  He had surgery to relieve the swelling of his brain, and he is still in the ICU at Providence.  Long term prognosis is still unknown 

This page is being set up for Dave's family - his wife, Diane Firmani, and their sons, Chancie and Cooper. 

26205824_1513244467.5072_funddescriptionDave are Diane are grateful they have insurance. But as we all know, insurance only goes so far.  This account will help with airfare for Chancie, time off work for Cooper, loss of Daves's income (Dave does not have sick or vacation pay) and everyday expenses incurred (gas, food)  as Diane and the boys dedicate their time to Dave's recovery. 
26205824_1513245668.411_funddescription.But it's the long term expenses that are disconcerting.  Hammer's road to recovery will be a long and expensive one.  His family needs your help. 
26205824_1513246493.9841_funddescription  Many of you have asked,  "How can I help?"  At this point, your prayers for Dave's recovery and a donation will mean the world to Dave, Diane, Chancie and Cooper.  Just click on the Go Fund Me link to make your donation.  TIA and please share this link with your friends. 

2/13/18: Bone flap reattached.  That's going to leave a mark! 

A little homework time with his favorite teacher, Paul  B.

"Playing for Hammer" Stickers are everywhere. I've even seen a T-shirt version now. Thanks everyone #hammermagic 

 Iron Dog is the World's Longest Toughest Snowmobile Race.  Team 6 is unstoppable just like Dave!  #hammertough  Follow the Iron Dog at www.irongdog.org

Love the Hammer

Who wants cold beer and nachos after the game?  Raise your hand.

Hockey Referee Alaskan style.  Don't mess with the Ref! No penalty box required. 

Summer time goals

Practice getting in and out of a vehicle

Hockey Sisters Pampered Chef Party.  Good time for a good cause
Thanks Ladies!  The Gift Basket Auction was a huge success.

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Dave Goes Home! March 2017 update

BIG NEWS! Release date: MARCH 7. Yep!

Never thought this would be a sad time, but it is. We've said goodbye to a couple of our favorite nurses,
and it wasn't pretty. Hammer's bottom lip started quivering, then came the crocodile tears, then I joined in and pretty soon it was just your basic ugly crying.

Three months ago Hammer suffered a massive stroke. Now we begin the next phase of Dave's Journey. He is far from being healed, but damn! He has come such a long way!

Heartfelt thanks to the staff in Neuro and Rehab at Providence. I think we'll build them a shrine because they're angels and saints to us, and they deserve such an honor. The staff feels like Hammer is on a roll, and they want him to go directly to Providence Outpatient Rehab, and skip working with therapists at home. The outpatient facility is more of a gym-like setting with cool equipment and some electrode thing-a-ma-jiggies, too.

This means driving to Anchorage 2-3 times a week, but I'm all for keeping the momentum going. Plus, Hammer hates the way I drive. Guess he'll learn to like it. Hee hee hee!

I still have people ask, "So...how is Dave?" Well, here's your answer. He is using a wheelchair because he cannot walk yet. His left side is still not working well. He can kick up his left leg, (huge improvement) and he feels some sensation in his left arm and hand. But they're not really working yet. His memory is good and he never, ever gets down. Oh, and he's lost 45 pounds!

Chancie comes home on Saturday 3/5 for Spring Break. Then he's got one more semester to complete before graduating from St. John's in May. Hammer has a goal of attending Chancie's graduation in May. I'm cautiously optimistic about that goal.

The guys are working so hard to get the renovations to the house completed. Lots to do for the big Hammer Homecoming.

Dave's journey continues to be a roller coaster of ups and downs, highs and lows, and like one friend put it; a dance, 2 steps forward and 1 step back. In the midst of all this, we are forever humbled and grateful for the outpouring of support for Hammer. From everyone who donated to Dave's Medical Expense Funds,
Hosted a fundraising event, helped with the house renovations, plowed snow, took care of the house in our absence, delivered meals, the list is endless. We are truely blessed.
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Here's the update I've been meaning to get done for awhile now. Stay tuned for updated photos as well!
2/13/18: Hammer's cranioplasty was successful! His bone flap was reinserted and fastened with itty bitty titanium screws
and plates. Dr. Cohen was very pleased with the outcome, and gave Dave permission to retire the dreaded helmet.

2/14/18: I'm happy to announce that my Valentine is well on the road to recovery after his cranioplasty.
Unlike Humpty Dumpty, Hammer's head has been successfully put back together again.
There has been some swelling, but Dr. Cohen reassures us that is normal.
He was able to transfer to his wheelchair, visit with his company, and eat lunch.
Then he simply ran out of gas, so back to bed to watch (or sleep through) some women's hockey.

First day post surgery and Hammer's looking a little rough. He said his eyes hurt, more specifically, behind his eyes.
He's pretty swollen, but ice packs and sitting upright seem to help. He did do some light physical therapy today and
finished off the evening watching the USA men's Olympic team defeat Slovakia.

Originally, after surgery, we were placed in a double room, which was fine.
That is, until we discovered our "neighbors" were tacky, LOUD, and inconsiderate.
This made for a horrible, sleepless night and I'll leave it at that. But if I were to write a paragraph about them,
my word bank would include words such as Camel non filtered, neck tats, Vodka Legs and shiv.
But since we were granted our request of a private room, I'll let it go. We are currently in the Providence Deluxe Penthouse Suite #582.

As you probably heard, Hammer has been approved for another week of Rehab here at Providence. This is terrific news. His
Rehab team here is the best, and we all want nothing but the best for our guy.
When does he return home? That's TBD and dependent on insurance.

Support for Hammer continues to pour in from all directions. "Playing for Hammer" stickers are literally everywhere!
Diane's hockey Sisters threw a Pampered Chef party with all proceeds going to Dave's Medical Expense Fund. Good times were had by all.
Liane Crosta put together a fantstic Basket Auction fundraiser at the AK State High School Hockey Tournament.
The baskets were amazing and some really nice ladies who are really good at drawing a crowd did a wonderful job manning the tables.
We are behind you all the way Dave and Family! Praying for Dave's full recovery.
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2/2/18 February The Winds of Change Have Begun to Blow. But enough about the wind, right! We start and new month and new challenges for Hammer and Family. The overwhelming response to the Hammer Hanson Medical Fund on Go Fund Me has been powerful and humbling. The donations have come from all over - from hockey friends, Dave's high school and college buddies, Diane's teacher friends and the "Cavemen" from Mishawaka, immediate family, and even a couple of the boys' former girlfriends. Each time we read a donor's name, either Dave or Diane has an enjoyable story to go with it. And you should hear some of Dave's hockey stories from back in the day!

The NHL (Noon Hockey League) and others have been working nonstop on the house to make it wheelchair accessible for the Hammer. A wheelchair ramp, a remodeled bathroom and downstairs master bedroom are in the works. They have done major renovations - taking out walls, putting in new plumbing, new electrical, a new furnace and water heater. The Go Fund Me money will be put toward the remodel, and then will be used to pay whatever expenses insurance doesn't cover. Hammer will be able to come home to a house that will fit his needs. What a blessing, thanks to our generous friends.

Dave is still hammering it out at Rehab. He works out three hours a day with his team. And he gives it 110% percent. If everything stays on schedule, the surgery to replace his bone flap will be Feb. 13, and he'll be released soon after. But that's just Chapter One. We have lots more work to do once we get home.

Dave will do more rehab in the same three disciplines: Physical Therapy, Occupational Therapy and Speech Therapy. This may be at an outpatient facility or at home (still figuring that out). He will also be seen by five physicians: Neurologist, Neurosurgeon, ENT, Cardiologist, and Primary Care. Chapter Two will be very challenging and will continue for at least a year.

But we're not in this alone. Our support team (that's you!) makes it possible for us to stay positive, motivated and focused. From the bottom of our hearts, we thank you for the monetary donations, the casseroles for the NHL, the treats for the nurses, the snow plowing, the moose burger, the milkshakes, the nail pounding, the dry walling, the Diet Pepsi, and the prayers. We couldn't make this journey without you. And you've shown us you're in this for the long haul. And boy, are we going to need you. #hammerhealing. #hammerhumble. #hammerlove.
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Good Evening! For a story that will make you laugh, cry, warm your heart, inspire you and restore your faith in humanity go to Dave's Caring Bridge page and follow the daily updates. https://www.caringbridge.org/visit/hammerhanson
Once again THANK YOU to everyone who has donated to the Firmani-Hanson family. I am still in awe. A couple updates regarding Go Fund Me #HelptheHammer:
Both GFM and the Matanuska Valley Federal Credit Union accounts will remain open as long as Dave remains in the hospital.
One super cool fun fact about Go Fund Me: The total raised is currently $33,115. GFM has taken out $1,061 in fees, BUT the best part, “Go Fund Me Gives Back,” actually donated $1000 back to the Hammer! So technically, GFM has only taken $61 in fees. Once again, faith restored in humanity.
The Mat-Valley Credit Union account will remain open as long as needed as well. Make checks payable to Dave Hanson account # 159111-HA
And last but not least, Diane has diligently been writing thank you notes to everyone who has aided the Hammer on his road to recovery so if you get a message that says, “A note from Margaret…” it’s really from Diane.
2018 brings new and unexpected challenges for Dave, Diane and the boys. Each of them has risen to the challenge. This will be the race of 2018. Hebrews 12:1-3 … let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles. And let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us.
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