Engaging in art can help with major challenges such as recovering from an injury. It can build confidence and help the designer feel more engaged and resilient and can relieve anxiety, depression, and stress.
So it is for Megan Hanson, a resident of Gardnerville, who suffered a head trauma at the age of 11, leaving her with lingering medical issues including insomnia and depression.
Hanson said she was playing flag football and collided with another player, causing a three-and-a-half-inch fracture to the skull and an epidural hematoma. For at least 24 years, she has suffered from migraines, chronic depression, insomnia, certain organ failures and other medical problems. She is also under barometric pressure, and sometimes certain vibrations and noises can disturb her.
Hanson’s dad, Dave Stewart, said I had been trying to relieve her pain for years.
“We have tried hundreds of different drugs and several different facilities,” said Stewart.
Stewart said a Minnesota hospital has been the most successful, but the travel and medical costs add up and it hasn’t been easy.
A golf tournament was held to benefit Hanson and help raise funds for his continued recovery and relief.
“We’re just hoping to attract enough people,” said Stewart.
Stewart said that for the event to be a success, golfers (teams or singles), volunteers, raffle prizes and donations are needed.
The first annual Help4Megan Golf Tournament will be held from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. on September 4 at the Carson Valley Golf Course.
The cost per golfer is $ 80, cart and lunch included.
Stewart said other valley golf courses and some Carson City courses are accepting recruits and donations to benefit Hanson, including Genoa Lakes Golf Course, Sunridge Golf and Recreations, Eagle Valley Golf Course. and the Empire Ranch Golf Course.
For more information or to make a donation visit www.help4Megan.com or call Dave Stewart at 775-230-0337.
Hanson creates resin pieces to help him cope and wants to share his art work with others.
Hanson creates pieces in epoxy resin or “resin art,” which is created by mixing two components, a liquid resin and a hardener in different modes for different designs. She makes everything from small figurines and pressed flower coasters to wind chimes, jewelry holders and more.
“I’ve always been interested in art,” Hanson said. “I love painting, making clothes, building things, but with my medical problems getting worse, I really can’t do a lot of these hobbies anymore.”
Hanson said she saw a video on creating resin art and thought it was something she could do, despite her disability, and immediately started her new hobby and company “Hanson House Resin”.
“I really really like doing it,” Hanson said. “Money is good, but that’s the part I love, it’s creating something and making someone happy.”
Hanson said her business is a family venture and she often benefits from the help of her husband and 8-year-old son.
She creates art, because she loves it, it benefits her and helps her earn a little extra income.
“I like to do it, but it’s just acuminate and that’s when I decided to sell it,” Hanson said.
Prices for his work can range from $ 5 to $ 70 depending on the size of the room and its design.
“I really try to be reasonable because I want people to take advantage of it without breaking the bank,” she said.
Hanson said they make great gifts for any occasion, and she even takes custom orders.
Some of his work will be on display and at the raffle for his “Help4Megan” golf tournament at the Carson Valley Golf Course on September 4th.
For more information and to view or purchase his work, visit Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/luvmynicky/or on Instagram at