One year after losing his brief battle with cancer, John Hannon’s family honors his inspirational spirit by helping others

The Hannon family, with the Jason Ackerman Foundation, presents the Inaugural John Hannon Memorial 5K on Saturday, February 4, 2012
(PR NewsChannel) / January 18, 2012 / TAMPA, Fla.  

John Hannon Memorial 5kA year to the date after losing an amazing father, son, brother and friend, the Hannon family invites the Tampa Bay community to gather in memory of John Hannon (June 2, 1967 – January 18, 2011) to celebrate his life and the opportunity to make a tremendous difference in the lives of many children affected by the loss of a parent to cancer.

After receiving overwhelming community support, John’s sons, P.J. and Matt Hannon decided as of September 2011 to transfer the attention from themselves to the service of others that had walked the same path of tragically losing a parent. They have partnered with the Jason Ackerman Foundation to create a program to help fund education for youth who have lost a parent to cancer.

“We got to a point where we had plenty for us, and it just felt there were others who needed the help,” says P.J. Hannon, a senior at Florida State University, “Sadly, there are too many kids forced to experience this loss. We hope the community will continue to honor our dad by reaching out to others in his name.”

John Hannon and his sons, P.J. and Matt

John Hannon and his sons, P.J. and Matt

Children will be able to apply for funding online through the Jason Ackerman Foundation beginning in March of 2012, with scholarships distributed annually to those chosen by a qualified committee.The committee will be comprised of educators, professionals and those that understand the loss firsthand, one of those being P.J. Hannon.

In addition to the scholarship fund, the Hannon family will be honoring John with the Inaugural John Hannon Memorial 5k on Saturday, February 4th at Al Lopez Park in Tampa, Fla.

What:                           Inaugural John Hannon Memorial 5K

Location:                    Al Lopez Park
                                       4810 North Himes Avenue
                                       Tampa, FL 33614

Dates &Times:           Saturday February 4, 2012
                                        Registration opens 7:30 a.m.
                                        Dedication at 8:45 a.m.
                                        Race starts at 9 a.m.

Individuals interested in participating in the Inaugural John Hannon Memorial 5k can register at Registration fee for runners and walkers is $30 before the race and $35 on the day of the race. Those 15 years old and younger are $15 with those five years old and younger can participate for free.

About The John Hannon Assistance Fund: A program under the Jason Ackerman Foundation that awards scholarships annually to children who have lost a parent to cancer by using their life experience to make a difference for others.

About The Jason Ackerman Foundation: A 501 (c) 3 organization that focuses on improving the lives of children who have faced and survived tragic circumstances through educational support and entertaining experiences.


Shannon Hannon Oliviero
Executive Director
The Jason Ackerman Foundation
Email: Phone: (727) 243-9825

Direct link:

SOURCE:  The Jason Ackerman Foundation

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