I did a lot of research about cancer charities, and it soon became clear that St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital was the best place for me to serve.
Henry Hanten grew up in Duluth, Minnesota, where he also attended college and received a degree in accounting and business administration. He then moved to Minneapolis, where he put that degree to good use by establishing a janitorial services company, which he ran for 15 years. His wife Sandra, who is a registered nurse and works helping the elderly, lived in South Dakota, so the couple moved back to her home state where Henry set up shop again and started a new janitorial services company, which he still runs today.
Henry Hanten was diagnosed with cancer at age 19, and he was treated by protocols established by St. Jude Children's Research Hospital. Henry was successfully treated and has been in remission ever since. As a result of this experience, and after a great deal of research, Henry decided to get involved with St. Jude Children’s. The hospital is a place where the family of a sick child would never be turned away if they were unable to pay for treatment. He wanted to be part of the team, and quickly started working on fundraisers for the hospital, and he's been at it for 25 years.
Henry is a radiothon volunteer coordinator, and he trains other volunteers, takes calls and answers questions, staffs the pledge desk, and does whatever is needed to make the promotion work. On average, Henry does five radiothons a year. He also helps out at the annual St. Jude Walk/Run to End Childhood Cancer. The walk/run raised more than $270,000 in 2018.
In his free time Henry enjoys camping and spending time with friends. His favorite Cabot Cheddar is Horseradish.
Also joining the cruise and being honored for the first time will be Kansas City St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital volunteer, Tara Hampton.
This will be Henry’s third Cabot Community Celebrity Cruise. He was first honored by Cabot with a cruise in 2014. He then joined us as an alumnus in 2015 on our trip to the Caribbean. We’re honored to have Henry join us again as a 2019 Community Celebrity Cruise alumnus. Joining Henry on the cruise will be his wife Sandra.