Posted: February 6, 2017
Jake Hansel, senior at CHS, is truly an amazing young man. Jake has been a varsity basketball player since he was a freshman. He is an outstanding student who embodies the selflessness, compassion, and work ethic that we HOPE for in all of our students. Last spring, before Jake’s senior season, he was diagnosed with Hypertrophic Cardiomyopathy, a heart disease that took him out of competitive sports. Jake will deal with HCM for the rest of his life, and will not ever be allowed to play basketball competitively again.
It was only two weeks after hearing he couldn’t play the sport he loved so much that he told Coach Gillispie he wanted to use this challenge as a focus for his senior project to raise money and awareness for HCM. This idea culminated in a fundraising event Wednesday night at the CHS boys and girls basketball games against Skyview. Jake took the microphone and thanked the crowd, Skyview High School, his teammates and coaches, and his family for supporting him and helping raise over $16,000 for HCM research at OHSU. The David Heller Foundation also donated two portable defibrillators, one to each school, during a half time ceremony. What an inspiration to see a student facing great adversity turn that into making a difference for others. His effort created HOPE, JOY, and an impact through awareness and funding that can truly never really be assessed. If you’d like to learn more about Jake’s story, there’s a great feature on him: http://www.kptv.com/story/34374993/camas-jake-hansel-a-papermaker-difference-maker
Here’s to the HOPE & JOY you create this week in honor of a difference maker – Jake Hansel!