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Gift of a Day

We develop unique plans of care that include a Gift of a Day, our special program inspired by author Jim Stovall’s popular book “The Ultimate Gift.” Since its inception, we have helped thousands of hospice patients experience the perfect day. That day is based on the question: “If you had one perfect day, what would it look like?” Our staff members, volunteers and local businesses work together to bring these perfect days to life for our hospice patients.

Welcome to the Evening News.

Once upon a time, local newscasters were trusted sources of unbiased news. They welcomed us home from work each evening and provided summaries of the day’s events – even a laugh, too, attesting that the news wasn’t always bad.

Crossroads Hospice & Palliative Care had the honor of caring for one of the most iconic and legendary local TV broadcasters – Mr. Glen Hanson.

From the early 1960s through the 1990s, Glen delivered the news with a smile and without prejudice. He cut his teeth in San Francisco, moving to Chicago as the director of WBKB-TV’s early-evening news program where he earned a reputation for honest, factual reporting and high energy. By the time he went to Kansas City’s Fox-4, he had won many journalism awards.

Glen started as the nightly news anchor at Fox-4, but became everyone’s friend. He was an ever-present community activist and local celebrity, often approached on the street, in the store, at the gas station. Glen always stopped for a chat. For more than two decades, Glen greeted Kansas City from Studio 2-B, and earned the love and loyalty of discerning audiences.

To honor Glen, the Crossroads team brought him back to tour a newly remodeled Fox-4 studio and a walk down memory lane. He arrived to a roomful of admirers – past and present – who said “Welcome home, Glen.” The lightbulb clicked and Glen’s rapidly fading memory suddenly brightened.

Glen’s wife of 60 years never left his side and his three teary-eyed children listened to tales from colleagues who had come from all over to recognize him. “You’re one of my all-time idols,” said a current Fox-4 broadcaster. “He really was a Kansas City icon,” said a producer. A heartfelt letter from his former co-anchor spoke volumes about the impact Glen made on the lives of many.

A montage video of old footage played in a loop on the large studio screen while Glen’s former cameraman knelt down, grabbed Glen’s hand, and spoke from the heart. Next, Crossroads honored Glen’s courageous service as a fighter pilot during WWII and presented him with an honorary bronze star. Rightfully, Glen sat up straighter in that proud moment.

Glen ended the day with a last look at his past through the lens of a new studio, in a new time.