The Dan Jansen Foundation is proud to help individuals and families affected by leukemia and related cancers, support youth sports programs and assist high school seniors in the pursuit of higher education.

Established in 1994, shortly after Dan’s remarkable Gold Medal performance in the 1,000-meter race in Lillehammer, Norway, the Dan Jansen Foundation has contributed more than three quarters of a million dollars to charitable causes.  Below is a list of funds under the DJF umbrellas:

The Dan Jansen Family Aid Fund supports individuals and families affected by cancer based on economic need, family situation and special circumstances. It has also lent support to leukemia research and its related cancers, as well as educational programs that serve to improve the treatment and quality of life of those affected by the deadly disease.


The Dan Jansen Kids Are Gold Fund supports a variety of youth sports, in particular speedskating.  Non-sports programs and projects dealing with core societal issues for disadvantaged youths also are considered for support.

The Dan Jansen Scholarship Fund supports further education of high school seniors in need of financial aid.  Scholarships are awarded to those who exemplify the Dan Jansen spirit toward life, education and overcoming adversity.

Additionally, funding from the DJ Foundation has benefited bone marrow registry drives, Super Sibs, World Team Sports, U.S. Speedskating, MACC Fund, Cystic Fibrosis, United Cerebral Palsy, Oregon Cancer Centers, Kids on Ice at the Pettit National Ice Center, and many others.