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Hanson vs. Cancer

Published on June 23, 2016 under Blog

Hanson vs. Cancer


Hello friends,

I am emailing from Jeff Hanson’s database and I am seeking your assistance.  If you are on this list he has probably been sending you free music for years!  Jeff has been diagnosed with Stage 4 cancer in his lymph nodes and his situation is severe.   Jeff is too proud to ask for help so I am asking for him. Jeff and I am have been working together and just completed an album for Scranton, PA alternative rock band Death Valley Dreams, The band came up with the idea to start a fund for their beloved manager.

This may be the first time you have heard about Jeff’s situation. I was shocked when I heard the news. It has been a long, sad and costly road. Jeff told me that recently he felt a lump behind his ear and made an appointment with a doctor.   After weeks of waiting for the results, the diagnosis was that a Stage 4 squamous cell carcinoma had metastasized to multiple lymph nodes.  A “neck dissection” was followed by a surgery removing lymph nodes and a tonsil. Jeff is no longer able to talk, swallow, etc. which is pretty hard for a manager.  The next step is chemo and radiation treatments for the 7 weeks.    Jeff is not a smoker.   Doctors believe that immune-suppressants and methotrexate injections that he took for Psoriatic Arthritis for years may have compromised his immune system and caused the cancer. Just last year Jeff had to take an extended leave of absence because he was hit with Meningitis, Pneumonia and Atrial Fibrillation at the same time also caused by his artificially compromised immune system.

Unfortunately, the recovery is long and extremely painful…and extremely costly, even with insurance.  I am concerned for Jeff, his wife Rebecca and his 5 kids.   The expenses are draining his family to the point their savings are gone, bills are stacking up and he could lose his home.  He can only talk for very short periods of time before his voice disappears, which for Jeff is devastating.   He is struggling physically to do simple things without tiring quickly and the financial strain is mentally draining him.

Over the years, Jeff has helped the careers of many people but more importantly, has given back to his community.   You may not know that Jeff was awarded the Orlando Leukemia and Lymphoma Society’s “Man of the Year” and Jeff has spent years volunteering at the YMCA and other organizations as a youth coach.  He has donated an enormous amount of time and money to many charities in Orlando.

Jeff has been my friend since the days of Floyd’s Music Store in the late ’90s before there was a Creed, Paramore or Framing Hanley or the countless other bands that he has worked with.   Some of you have known him even longer.  I am doing my best to help give Jeff and his family some relief during this difficult time and I hope you can help too.

The band is also donating a portion of the proceeds from their new album to the Hanson Cancer Fund!

The fund is here:

Hanson vs. Cancer

A link to Jeff’s latest project, the new Death Valley Dreams record is here:

Thank you for listening,

Rick Schmidt
Home of past and present clients Creed, Paramore, Sevendust, Tantric, Candlebox, Framing Hanley, Saving Abel

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