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“Dad, I can’t wait to go on a mission,” Chase Hansen told his father, John Hansen, after Chase got baptized and walked out of the baptismal font in 2017. John responded, “Son, we are already on a mission.”
The mission Chase and John are on right now is to empower homeless people and vulnerable children. Chase, who is now 9 years old, is already a CEO for a nonprofit and has met with church and government authorities to discuss how to lift his community. Speaking of the reason behind his nonprofit work, Chase says, “If you watch a bunch of superheroes, you usually do nothing or you do something.” He has chosen to do something to change the world for the better.
In 2011, during the financial crisis, John decided to close his business. While in between jobs, he decided to spend more time with his son. They spent every day together watching superhero movies and were often in “the superhero mode.” “When he [Chase] was 2 or 3, we would get on TRAX [Utah’s public transportation] and he would explore as a superhero,” John says. “I found it was so enjoyable to follow my little son and his lead.”
While Chase and John dressed up as superheroes, they soon realized that they could do more than play pretend—they could also do superhero work. “One day, Dad and I were walking [in an outdoor mall], I looked over to my right and I saw these people just looked sad and depressed,” Chase says. “I said, ‘Dad, who are they?’ My dad said, ‘They are homeless people who are hurting and need help.’ I said, ‘Dad, we need to help them.’”
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