Charlie Weis Starts Hannah & Friends Charity After Near-Death Incident

August 21, 2012

by Kevin Jeffers

Kansas Jayhawks coach Charlie Weis has used his high profile as a football coach to help a lot of others since starting his Hannah & Friends charity in 2003. It took him nearly dying in 2002 to want to do so much good for others, as tells.

Weis was in the hospital and even in a two-week coma with complications from gastric bypass surgery in 2002 after winning a Super Bowl as an assistant with the New Englad Patriots. After he survived, his brush with death inspired him and his wife, Maura, to try and help other people. Hannah & Friends — named after their own daughter who battles a rare form of epilepsy — was born.

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About Hannah and Friends

Hannah & Friends is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization dedicated to improving the quality of life for children and adults with special needs.


Family matters: Health scare led to Weises’ charity

August 20, 2012

by Matt Tait

When Charlie Weis nearly died, hundreds of people got the chance truly to live.

In June of 2002, Kansas University football coach Charlie Weis, then an assistant with the New England Patriots, lay in a hospital bed in great pain and grave danger.

At his bedside was his wife, Maura; a Catholic priest walked into the room.

“She was watching me almost die,” Weis recalled of Maura and the time when complications from gastric-bypass surgery nearly killed him. “She saw me getting last rites. The doctor came out and said I was done.”

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Thanks extended to Hannah’s ‘Friends’

August 1, 2012

By The Valley Breeze Newspapers

The 7th annual Hannah & Friends benefit took place on July 15 at Effin’s Last Resort in Smithfield. It was a family fun day, bike day, car cruise and volleyball tournament. Because of everyone’s dedication we once again are able to provide Hannah’s Helping Hands grants to Rhode Island families who care for children with special needs.

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KU Coach Weis talks bagels, family, and a cause dear to his heart

By Christa Dubill

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KANSAS CITY, Mo. – Charlie Weis has quite the football history. You can read about it just about anywhere on the internet.

But what about Charlie the husband, the dad, and the bagel connoisseur?

Weis says his wife is more than his wife; she’s his best friend.

“How many guys can, after 20 years, say their closest friend is their wife,” Weis said with a smile on his face and little glint in his eye. “She’s great!”

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From the Desk of Maura & Charlie Weis

Dear Friends,

I hope you are all enjoying the early warm weather this year. Charlie & I were in South Bend in March and the trees were already blooming, which is very rare for South Bend. The Neighborhood is doing great and our residents and program participants have been enjoying the wonderful Spring weather. School will be ending soon and we are all looking forward to our new programs and the start of summer camp. Hannah will be excited to see all of her friends again when we return in May. Charlie Jr. and Coach are enjoying being in Kansas and getting ready for football season. We are excited to be Jayhawks and have been very appreciative of the warm reception Kansas has given to Hannah & Friends, as we already have had one successful fundraiser in the Kansas community.

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A Mother’s Letter

When I was seven months into my pregnancy with Hannah, the doctors told me she had Polycystic Kidney Disease and wouldn’t live for more than a few days. Of course Charlie and I didn’t believe them and when she was born no one knew exactly what her problems were with her kidneys. We then went to another doctor who said she had Ureter problems, they were not open enough and the right kidney had to be removed because it wasn’t functioning at all. The other Ureter had to be opened up for better functioning. Han had that surgery at two months old.

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