Rob Hanson

NOTE:  Robert "Rob" Craig Hanson, 58, Grand Forks, died Tuesday, Aug. 28, in St. Mary's Hospital at Rochester, Minn., where he was awaiting suitable donor organs for heart and kidney transplants.

A 2 p.m. memorial service has been set for Sat., Sept. 1, at Norman Funeral Home, Grand Forks. A visitation will start one hour prior to the memorial service at the funeral home. The full obituary for Rob is HERE

The family says memorial donations may be made to NDAD, c/o Robert Hanson, 2660 S. Columbia Road, Grand Forks, ND 58201; please make checks payable to NDAD and write "Rob Hanson" on the check's memo line. Or make the memorial donation online using the "Donate Now" button at the top of this page.

NDAD extends our condolences to Rob's family, friends and co-workers.

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This fundraising event for Rob Hanson that's described below was held Aug. 25, but the NDAD fund for him remains open for memorial donations.

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A Toy Extravaganza Rummage Sale that includes a children's carnival, bake sale and raffle baskets, all with children in mind, will be held Sat., Aug. 25, in Grand Forks.

All proceeds from this NDAD-sponsored event will go to help Rob Hanson with medical and general expenses while he awaits donor heart and kidney organs for transplant at Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn.

The 58-year-old Grand Forks married father of three adult children has been at Mayo's St. Mary's hospital campus since July 6 and also is on dialysis there. 
Poster for Aug. 25 Toy Extravaganza Rummage Sale event to help Rob Hanson.
The toy rummage sale and additional activities Aug. 25 will be held at All About Kids daycare and preschool, 2830 S. Washington St. 

The public rummage sale runs from 10 a.m.  to 4 p.m.

A one-hour "early bird" sale, which costs $10 for entry, will begin at 9 a.m. that day.

The sale includes only child-oriented things, such as toys, games, books, teacher resources, puppets, art supplies, memorabilia, vintage items, dress-up clothes and costumes, and media (records and tapes).

Interested in donating rummage sale items for the event? Contact

The event's carnival runs from 1 to 4 p.m. and features 50-cent games, such as a cupcake walk and fishing game, with guaranteed prizes given, plus there will be balloon creations by a clown who will be on site. The carnival also includes free children's activities without cost, such as chalk drawing, a book and puppet corner, and colorful parachute play.

The raffle basket drawings feature child-friendly items in the range of $15 to $20. Raffle tickets are 50 cents each.

The bake sale also will feature items made for children, and there will be some concessions.

Support sources for this event include NDAD, All About Kids, Altru Family YMCA, Kem Shriners, Young Moderns Homemakers group, area businesses, friends and family.

Download and print a .PDF copy of the poster for this event HERE.

An earlier, NDAD-sponsored fundraiser for Rob was held in April at the Grand Forks Pizza Ranch restaurant.

Both events are sponsored through NDAD's free Community Fundraisers Program. Learn more HERE or by calling either (800) 532-NDAD or your nearest NDAD office.

Check back to this space for more information about Rob, the benefit and Rob's transplant story. Also follow fundraiser updates by going to and liking NDAD's Facebook page and sharing this and other information on social media with friends and family members who may wish to help.

Karen Schelinder
Karen Schelinder followed a path of helping others, ever since she served as a Lutheran church parish worker in the 1960s. When someone sought help, her philosophy had been simple. “There’s a reason they need it,” said Schelinder, told NDAD in an early 2013 interview. Karen died the following year at age 66.   In the ...
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