Everything pales in comparison to the loss of a child. Parents are simply not supposed to outlive their children. When a child dies, a part of the future dies along with them. Parents (and other family and friends) not only grieve the crushing loss of their child, but also the loss of potential, dreams and possibilities that will never be.
On March 21, 2011, four-year-old Hannah Ray Geneser died in a tragic accident when a screen gave way and she fell through an open window. In response to her tragic and untimely death, the Hannah Geneser Foundation was founded by her parents, Jamie and Shanda.
The Hannah Geneser Foundation, a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, was launched in 2011 to honor the memory of Hannah and to help prevent the accidental death or serious injury of other young children. >> MORE
The Hannah Geneser Foundation will promote the general cause of childhood safety - with special emphasis on window safety - through public awareness and educational opportunities.
January 18, 2013 - The Journey for "Hannah's Law" Begins
Jamie, Shanda and other Hannah Geneser Foundation Board members meet with legislators at the Capitol today. We can think of nothing better to honor Hannah's memory than a law supporting window safety in the home for all Iowa children. Our message is powerful and we are determined. We are very fortunate to have so many people supporting us. We hope our state legislators will listen and support us, too.
December 2, 2012 - Hannah Geneser Foundation Tree Awarded Third Place at Festival of Trees
The Hannah Geneser Foundation tree was awarded Third Place in the People's Choice Awards at Blank Children's Hospital's 2012 Festival of Trees. Thanks to everyone who attended the Festival this year in support of Des Moines' wonderful children's hospital. And thanks for voting for our tree. One Life..
April 3, 2012 - The State of Iowa House of Representative Unanimously Pass House Resolution 137
House Resolution 137 recognizes April 2012 as Window Safety Awareness Month for Iowa's children and families. Jamie and Shanda were on hand and received a standing ovation from the representatives. We are so grateful to Representative Janet Petersen and her co-writers for their interest in child window safety.
L to R: Jamie Geneser, Shanda Boone-Geneser and Rep. Janet Petersen
KDSM-Channel 17 Public Service Announcement for Window Safety Week - April 2012
Jamie and Shanda, in collaboration with SafeKids of Greater Des Moines, were interviewed for a public service announcement regarding Window Safety Awareness Week (April 1-7, 2012) by local Fox affiliate, KDSM.
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KCCI-Channel 8 Interview About the Foundation - December 2011
Jamie and Shanda, Hannah's parents, were recently interviewd on the local CBS affiliate station, KCCI, about the Hannah Geneser Foundation and the work we are doing to spread child safety awareness - especially window safety. >> Watch Interview Video
Hannah Geneser Foundation is Platinum Donor
The Hannah Geneser Foundation is proud to be a platinum donor at the 2011 Blank Children's Hospital Festival of Trees and Lights. The festival has been held over theThanksgiving holiday weekend every year since 1984. This year, Hannah's foundation selected and underwrote a beautiful "Princess" tree (pictured right).
The Hannah Geneser Foundation and Blank Children's Hospital have a common goal to promote child safety awareness and education.
The Festival of Trees and Lights has three purposes: