Community Relations Advocate

Kristen Hanson

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Kristen Hanson is Community Relations Advocate for the Patients Rights Action Fund (PRAF), a national, secular, non-partisan leader defending the rights of patients, people with disabilities, our elders, and the poor from the threat of legalized assisted suicide.  PRAF is a 501(c)(4) not for profit corporation.

Mrs. Hanson did her undergraduate work at The University of Miami, and earned a master’s in Education at SUNY New Paltz.  She is the widow of JJ Hanson, a Marine Corps combat veteran, and late president of the Patients Rights Action Fund.  At 33, her late husband, JJ, was diagnosed with terminal brain cancer and given only a few months to live. He went on to live for over 3.5 years, bravely dedicating his final days to fighting against the legalization physician-assisted suicide. Kristen continues to share their family’s story to provide hope to people who find themselves in similar circumstances and to challenge policymakers and medicine to reject such a dangerous public policy.  She has been published in media outlets such as the Washington Post, the New York Post, USA Today, and Real Clear Policy, among others.  She has also appeared in television interviews on CBS Sunday Morning News, Fox and Friends, and the Tucker Carlson Show.

She lives in New York state with her two sons. 

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