Hannah Victoria Bedford was born on November 8, 1978, the third child of Cindy and Corny Bedford. She was raised in Waitsfield, Vermont, part of the Mad River Valley community and the·Sugarbush and Mad River Glen Resorts. Hannah attended public schools, excelled in·academics, writing, music and art and was a gifted athlete, competing in soccer, skiing, and equestrian events. She attended Sonoma State in California, Charleston College, Prescott University in Arizona and earned her B.A. degree from Johnson State College in Vermont. Subsequently she became a Reiki master and a Kripalu Massage Therapist.
A wilderness lover who hiked the mountains year round, a runner and swimmer, a blythe spirit, a soul searcher and truth seeker, Hannah touched many lives in the Mad River Valley community and beyond. During the course of her life, she met her many challenges with a strong spirit and courage. Beginning in high school until she died, Hannah was diagnosed variously with ADHD, post traumatic stress disorder, bipolar disorder, PMMD, and borderline personality disorder. Along the way she endured a number of hospitalizations and frequent disruptions to her life.
Hannah resisted the labels, insisting that she was not a disease, demanding respect, and valiantly trying to find her way holistically in a world that expected her to take a pill and be “normal”. We honor her bravery, honesty and lesson of living in the present with the formation of Hannah’s House.