Nancy Hanley has supported Barrow in many ways, including through the establishment of the Marguerite Clark Hobbs Ruptured Aneurysm Trial, which began at Barrow in 2003. The study is named in honor of Nancy’s mother, who died after suffering a ruptured aneurysm. Additionally, The Hanley Family Charitable Fund has provided major support to the Barrow Center for Neuromodulation and to research into pain alleviation for pancreatic cancer through an annual gift to the Barrow Grand Ball, a black-tie event presented each January by the Women's Board of Barrow Neurological Foundation.
Nancy and her late husband, Lee, received a Spirit of Philanthropy Award in 2009 from the Association of Fundraising Professionals-Greater Arizona Chapter.
Nancy joined the Women’s Board of Barrow Neurological Foundation in 2002, co-chaired the Barrow Grand Ball in 2006 and was the Women’s Board chairman in 2010-2011.
Lee, who passed away from pancreatic cancer in August 2012, served on the Barrow Neurological Foundation Board of Trustees. Additionally, he was a trustee for the Urban Land Institute and board member of the Translational Genomics Research Institute. He was a U.S. Marine Corps officer who served during the Vietnam War.