What began as a simple desire to help others, grew into a foundation
that has impacted more than 400,000 people around the world.


In 2008 LaRee Hansen found herself living in a foreign country far from family, friends, or anything familiar. Instead of feeling sad about her circumstances, she decided to find any opportunity she could to help others. LaRee began volunteering at a local children’s hospital where she met a little boy named Artem. Artem was suffering from liver failure, and in series of miraculous events LaRee and her husband Travis were able to form a nonprofit and connect him with a liver doctor who could save his life. Ten years later, Sunshine Heroes has built 6 Sunshine Centers and performed 8 projects to help communities in 12 countries.