Team Hanses

Team Hanses

Team Hanses

Although we can trace our ALS gene back to Theresa Fossbender, the mother of Charles Edward Hanses and our great-grandmother, we begin our story with our grandfather.  Charles Hanses died in 1957 of complications resulting from ALS, leaving behind his wife, Agnes, and 8 grown children.  At the time of his death, fewer than half of his 30 grandchildren had been born yet.

It wasn't until 1987 that the Hanses family would have to face the reality that what we were dealing with was familial ALS.  That year, Chuck was diagnosed at the age of 59.  He passed away 9 months later, and, between 1988 and 2008, four more of Charles and Agnes' children would succumb to the disease:  Joyce (61), Jim (69), Ruth (76), and Lois (73).  The two youngest of the Hanses clan are Mark and Tom, the patriarchs of an extended family that has grown to include another generation raising children and grandchildren.

In early summer of 2012, Mark Hanses shared the news with the family that he had ALS.  With his diagnosis, he joined two of his nephews who were already battling the disease.  In 2010, Greg Hanses (Jim's son) had been diagnosed at the age of 46.  In the spring of 2011, Scott Hanses (Chuck's son) heard the same news 2 days before his 54th birthday.

Who is Team Hanses?  We are a family with deep roots in the Yakima Valley of Washington State.  Most of us still live in this agricultural area, but many made their way across the Cascade Mountains to make their homes in Seattle.  We work in the fruit industry, selling apples, cherries and pears for several of the large fruit warehouses here.  We grow hops and raise cattle, we are health care professionals, lawyers, teachers, pilots, nurses, and independent business owners. We golf and ski (both water and snow), love to travel, and we've all spent countless hours watching our kids play soccer, volleyball, football, baseball and basketball.  We live full and happy lives, but we live every day with the knowledge that there is a 50% chance any one of us will be the next Hanses fighting ALS.

Team Hanses has partnered with ALS TDI to find a cure for Lou Gehrig's disease.  It is our mission that very soon ALS will no longer cloud our family's future, but will only be a part of it's rich history.   



  • John W Wane

  • Memory of Norbert Soukup

  • Mike & Pam Wilcox

  • Dale and Gwen Gamache

  • Ales for ALS - Hanses Family

  • Thomas Edwardsen

  • Anonymous

  • Anonymous

  • Ann Washut

  • Mike and Pam Wilcox

  • Bud and Sue Schwaegler

  • Eller Family

  • Richardson

  • Sara Oles

  • Mike & Pam Wilcox

  • Susie Larson

  • Jules Roy Larsen

  • Barbara Smith Gilbert

  • Sherri Hubner

  • Vicki Krause

  • The Wehrman Family

  • Brady Dolsen

  • Hanses

  • Tyler & Chascidi White

  • Chris Falk

  • Tyler & Carla Scott Family

  • Joanie and Frank Williamson

  • my name

  • Jen and Chris Knudsen

  • Ash and Laurie Miller

  • Robin Hyerstay

  • Lori Gibbons

  • Michael Pedhirney and Bridie Sullivan

  • Mike&Jesica Abrams

  • Dan Brusic

  • Tom Hackenmiller

  • Mary Kime

  • Ray & Chris Carnevali

  • Brenda Brusic

  • Kevin & Erica Carnevali

  • Kathy & Jim Stidham

  • Samuel Soliday

  • Debbie Pinorini

  • Denise & Ed LaBissoniere

  • Jennifer Falk

  • Amity Hager

  • Andrea Valicoff

  • Janet McKay

  • Kathryn Plath

  • Molly Roche and Eric McDonald

  • Patrick Smith

  • Beth Porter and John Tidwell

  • Michael M Smith

  • Richard Washut

  • Stacy Valicoff

  • Kathleen Paganelli

  • Michele E Gress

  • Susan M Johnson

  • Scott Klepach

  • Tamara L Hollinberger

  • Denyse M Gladson

  • Sandra Hays

  • Julie F Picatti

  • Michael Roche

  • Moriet Miketa

  • Kari Gravrock

  • Lisa Fresco

  • David Carns

  • Thad And Kerry Stout

  • Wayne L Lalley

  • Stephen Younker

  • Brian Weihs

  • Bradley Newman

  • Darci D Collier

  • Theresa Greany

  • Mark Hanses

  • Rose Carnevali

  • J Kevin McKay

  • Amy Matthews

  • Cobank

  • Los Llc

  • Roy Farms Inc

  • Justin Raikes

  • Richard Valicoff

  • Daniel And Brianne Plath Charitable Fund

  • David Lawrence

  • Paul Hildebrandt

  • Roche Fruit Ltd

  • Jacob Johnson

  • Randy Valicoff

  • Theodore Reich

  • Cynthia Fiscus

  • Gregory C Huefner

  • Aileen M Monahan

  • Stacy Valicoff

  • Solarity Credit Union

  • Intracorp Captial LLC

  • Konnowac Hills LLC

  • Michael G Mckinney

  • Yakima Fruit & Cold Storage Co

  • Lawrence C Frank

  • Steven Forney

  • Tom Carnevali

  • Rose Carnevali

  • Michael C Hanses

  • William Zirkle

  • Julie A Larson

  • Lester F Zirkle

  • Janis Elliott

  • Sharon L Hanses

  • Brett Valicoff

  • Joanne Earl Hanses

  • Theodore A Roy

  • Michael Wilcox

  • Kevin Quinn

  • Patricia L Smith

  • Brent Scherer

  • Andrew J Miller

  • Mark Hanses Jr.

  • Patrick Smith

  • Cragg and Barbara Gilbert

  • David and Purna Rankin

  • Susan & James Naughton

  • Jim & Dianne Harris

  • Tom & Dolores Gasseling

  • Greg and Kathleen Paganelli

  • Carter Fjeld

  • Anna-Petrine Berger

  • Kathryn Plath

  • Peter Grande

  • Sean Gilbert

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