The Hannah Geneser FoundationHannah

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.

Why We Came to 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

Our Mission Statement

The Hannah Geneser Foundation will promote the general cause of childhood safety - with special emphasis on window safety - through public awareness and educational opportunities.

Goals and Objectives

  1. Promote public awareness and provide educational opportunities highlighting the hidden, yet prevalent, life-threatening circumstances that may lead to the unintended death or serious injury of a child
  2. Sponsor public service announcements and provide educational materials on matters of child safety
  3. Partner and collaborate with area companies and organizations to promote outreach activities and programs on child safety
  4. Work with policymakers on the local, state and national levels to promote/adopt child safety legislation
  5. Offer support to families coping with the loss of a child
  6. Provide financial assistance to promote the well-being and education of children

News & Events

April 3, 2014 - Donate Life Month Interview on Great Day-KCWI-Channel 23 >> WATCH INTERVIEW

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March 21, 2014 - Governor Branstad Declares Window Safety Day in Iowa

Governor Terry Branstad signs executive proclamation declaring March 21 Window Safety Day in the State of Iowa. Click on links to access media coverage of the event:




Photo: (L to R) Dan & Gretta Geneser, Shanda Boone-Geneser, Governor Branstad, Spencer Cox and Jamie Geneser.


Hannah's Gift

August 26, 2013 - Hannah's Gift of Organ Donation

Hannah's family spoke about recent correspondance regarding Hannah's donation of heart valves. She continues to give to others and make a postive impact.

>> Watch Channel 8-KCCI Video





June 24, 2013 - Fourth Child Falls from Metro Area Window

A two-year-old boy fell from a second story window in West Des Moines, just one day after another child fell in Des Moines - a total of four this summer. Both children are expected to make a full recovery. Hannah's Law would have helped to prevent these types of accidents.

>> Watch Channel 8-KCCI Video

Hannah's LawApril 3, 2013 - Hannah's Law Fails to Advance in Iowa House of Representative

In what was a very dissapointing defeat, Hannah's Law - SF381 was stopped when Chair of the House Judiciary Committee failed to include the bill as one to be considered.

>> Watch Channel 8-KCCI Video






LegislationJanuary 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.

>> Watch Channel 8-KCCI Video





2012 Hannah Geneser Foundation News

Hannah's TreeDecember 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..







Jamie, Shanda and Janet PetersenApril 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.
>> Watch Video
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

A Parable of Immortality

By Henry Van Dyke

I am standing upon the seashore. A ship at my side spreads her white sails to the morning breeze
and starts for the blue ocean.

She is an object of beauty and strength, and I stand and watch until at last she hangs like a speck of white cloud just where the sea and sky come down to mingle with each other.
Then someone at my side says,
" There she goes! "

Gone where?
Gone from my sight . . . that is all.
She is just as large in mast and hull and spar as she was when she left my side and just as able to bear her load of living freight to the place of destination. Her diminished size is in me, not in her.

And just at the moment
when someone at my side says,
" There she goes! " there are other eyes watching her coming...
and other voices ready to take up the glad shout . . . " Here she comes! "

If we are unable to let go when death demands it, we are often unable to hang on when life requires it. ~ Valmik Volkan