A local foundation has donated $10,000 in memory of the late Tara Hansen.
In May 2011, Ryan Hansen created The Tara Hansen Foundation to remember his wife’s passion of education and giving back to the community. Through the organization, Hansen has been able to donate thousands of dollars in honor of Tara and has created awareness about maternal mortality – the cause of Tara’s death.
In September, the foundation gave its first donation to the West Freehold School, where Tara worked. Only a few months later, the foundation has donated $10,000 to the Robert Wood Johnson Medical School for an educational conference on maternal health.
According to a press release from the foundation, the goal of the conference is to increase maternal health awareness in an effort to improve maternal healthcare throughout the United States.
“We do not expect women to die from giving birth especially in the US,” says Hansen in the press release. “Sadly, it happens more often than we know.”
Tara Hansen was only 29 years old when she died six-days after the birth of her son. She was a special education teacher at the West Freehold School.
“The goal of the foundation is to work tirelessly to spread the word about this health issue and advance maternal health awareness and safety,” said Hansen in the press release. “Expecting parents deserve equal education on the risks associated with the mother as well as the child and I hope this conference is the first step in making that a reality.”
In a previous article, Hansen explained that money for the conference was raised through fundraisers like The Tara Hansen Foundation's First Annual Octoberfest, An Event to Prevent.