Carrie E. Hanley
Honoring a loved one with a gift of hope for others

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Carrie E. Hanley and her husband Richard

As a nurse responsible for training medical staff on how to properly use certain medical devices, Carrie Hanley often visited the OSUCCC—James. When working with the nurses and staff there, she witnessed firsthand the compassionate and comprehensive patient care and groundbreaking research and innovation.

Four years ago, Carrie’s brother, Donald George Bahna, passed away from esophageal cancer at the age of 48. Don was an avid Buckeye fan and proud alumnus. With his training from Ohio State, he enjoyed a successful career as a perfusionist.

Carrie knew that she wanted to do something to honor her brother and give hope to future patients and families. She first started a giving page at OSUCCC—James so she and others could contribute to esophageal cancer research in her brother’s memory. Carrie was inspired to do more and named the OSUCCC—James as a beneficiary of her trust.

“I saw the tremendous work being done at The James during the time I spent there and knew it was the perfect place to honor my brother,” said Carrie. “I hope my gift will advance the progress in esophageal cancer research and bring us closer to a cure.”

Carrie and her husband Richard are strong believers in leaving the world in a better place than they found it. “We are lucky enough to be in a position where we can give back to others,” said Carrie. “Ohio State made it easy for us to find the perfect giving strategy to meet our needs and fulfill our charitable goals.”


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