The following is an interview with Randy John, one of the PlayForBurk Foundation founders:
HOW DO YOU KNOW THE HANSEN FAMILY?
HOW WELL DID YOU KNOW THE HANSEN’S SON BURK?
I first met the Hansen family before they even moved to Bartlesville. Clint worked with my brother in Arizona and then again in Houston. Once he found out he was relocating to Bartlesville, he was told to reach out to us to find out more about Bartlesville. We met them when they came house hunting and have been best friends ever since. In fact, we moved neighborhoods after they found a house so that we could be neighbors.
Burk is like another son to us.
We love him like one of our own. In fact, I would tease Clint that Burk spent more time at our house and in our driveway than he did up at their house. He and my son Austin spent hours every week shooting baskets, playing games, jumping on the trampoline, and just sitting around laughing with each other.
BURK PASSED AWAY JUST OVER ONE YEAR AGO NOW. HOW DID YOU FIRST HEAR ABOUT WHAT HAD HAPPENED TO HIM?
I remember the day very clearly. We were at the soccer fields watching Avery play soccer. Clint called and I actually screened the call and was going to call him back after the game. He immediately called Shallan, and Shallan disappeared with her phone. She called me a minute later and told me to come to her. That’s the moment she told me. She could barely get the words out, “It’s Burk, he’s gone.” I will never forget that moment. Burk meant the world to our family. He, along with Avery and Austin, were the three amigos. They had so much fun together.
HOW DID YOU ORIGINALLY BECOME INVOLVED IN THE PLAYFORBURK FOUNDATION? WHAT HAVE YOU FOCUSED MOST OF YOUR EFFORTS ON?
I spent hours and hours