A journey of a thousand miles must begin with a single step”...Lao Tzu

Hana spent her entire professional career assisting hair-loss clientele and operating a successful hair and wig salon. Suddenly she was faced with her own "journey of one thousand miles." Nineteen years ago a series of fundraisers organized by a loving family member, friends and compassionate strangers were held to raise financial support to help pay insurmountable medical bills for an advanced stage breast cancer patient. That patient was Hana.

Humbled by the outpouring of support and love of so many people, Hana realized that the concept of "Hana's Hope" would be a perfect vehicle to "Pay It Forward," especially for clients with few or no financial resources.

Hana has worked with many top oncology departments and hospitals in the Denver Metro area, including Children's Hospital, St. Joseph's Hospital, Boulder Community Hospital and Rose Medical Center. She has built a reputation as one of the most prestigious self-imaging services for clients who face hair loss and changed skin conditions resulting from medical issues.


“The devastation of a cancer diagnosis, compounded by the resulting hair loss is an emotional rollercoaster, lowering confidence and control. Watching the tears as one’s head is shaved, to the smile and confidence of looking normal with their wig is like magic.” Hana

 



 

Ms Hana, President; owner of Hana Designs (a wig & hair salon)

•1980 managed a wig salon.
•1983 started & owned “One & Only Enterprise”, a distribution company for an exclusive type of hairpiece for the mountain states.
•1984; mobile service was added to help cancer patients in hospitals; i.e., Children’s, St. Joseph’s, Presbyterian St. Luke’s, and Boulder Community. Integrated wigs into the business specializing in hair loss caused by Alopecia, an autoimmune disorder.
•1988-1989 owned & then sold “Wigs Today”.
•1990 began new venture as Hana Designs, specializing in chronic hair loss due to disease, disorders, & other medical conditions.
•1992-1994 fought stage 4 breast cancer; continued working the business gaining more experience on hair and makeup design work. Hana Designs gained reputation for renowned custom wig fitting and designing.
•1994-2005 Hana Designs was located in two separate locations in Greenwood Village, CO.
•2005 purchased property & relocated Hana Designs to current location in Littleton, CO.
•Hobbies include martial arts, theater, currently writing a book, dogs, & developing new ventures.
 

Darryl Jin, Vice President; Special Events & Fundraiser

I was born and raised in California; did all of my schooling in Berkeley, including my freshman year at UC Berkeley; moved to Colorado to finish my college education, eventually graduating from the University of Denver with a Finance degree; I have two beautiful daughters (Dominique & Tiffany); I was married, but am now divorced and single; I held a Colorado Real Estate license for over 10-years, a Series 7 and Series 63 Securities license for over 5; I sat on the Colorado Asian Chamber of Commerce as a VP and Board Member for over 4-years; and I’ve been employed at IHS Inc. as an accountant, Sr. AP Supervisor, and Tax Accountant, for over 20-years.

Johanna Matsuda, Secretary/Treasurer

•Five years working for a non-profit organization; responsible for grant reports.
•Owned & operated a mail order business for 8 years.
•Previous experience as the Director of Operations for a transportation company; Manager of Administration/Corporate Secretary; Marketing Administrator; Savings & Loan Supervisor.
•Breast cancer survivor
•Held numerous officer positions as Board Member for purebred dog clubs
•Hobbies include purebred dogs (showing in conformation & working events); volunteer at Craig Hospital in Pet Therapy program; volunteer at Meals on Wheels for Volunteer of America; volunteer at Englewood’s Malley Senior Center

 

Jennet White, Board Member; Business & Fundraiser Advisor

I am a long-time Littleton resident, moving here with my family in 1961. I attended Euclid Junior High, Littleton High School, and have a BS in Child Development from CSU. I have been a director/teacher in area preschools, was a Realtor in the community for 30 years and am now retired. I am active in First Presbyterian Church of Littleton and P.E.O. (a women’s non-profit organization that supports women’s education). I met Hana in 1989 and have supported her mission of providing wigs and services to those with hair loss who could otherwise not afford it. I am very proud to have been involved in the inception of Hana’s Hope 501(c)3 non-profit and a member of the Board of Directors.

Randy Parietti, Board Member; Public Relations & Marketing

•Graduated from Colorado Institute of Art
•Worked as a commercial photographer both in Colorado & Perth, Australia.
•Currently employed for the past 23 years at William Swartz Photography, Inc. (Littleton, CO)
•Hobbies include lacrosse, ice hockey, & motorcycle riding.
•Favorite motto: Try to better the world with one smile at a time.

Donald Richardson, Advisory Board Member

As a beneficiary and supporter of the original Hana's Hope Fundraisers, I am proud to support Hana's dream to “pay it forward”, so that others facing unexpected hardship may benefit in their time of need. The Hana's Hope Foundation is a valuable community resource with the potential to restore bruised dignity to thousands of people - through caring, kindness and hope for others.

 

Hana's Hope
229 W. Littleton Blvd. Littleton, CO 80120 303-799-4262
 

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