Through its foundation, Northwestern Mutual is recognizing seven of its offices for their notable support in fighting childhood cancer. Northwestern Mutual – Jacksonville has been recognized as one of the company’s 2021 Childhood Cancer Impact Award recipients, receiving a $15,000 grant on behalf of the Kate Amato Foundation to fund childhood cancer research and find innovative treatment options.
“Nationwide, our advisors and staff continue to demonstrate that their offices are more than just a place to work, but a place where they can make a difference in their community and in the lives of others,” said Eric Christophersen, Northwestern Mutual Foundation president. “We’re honored to recognize our passionate and dedicated advisors as they continue to go above and beyond in their efforts to help create better outcomes for children with cancer.”
The Northwestern Mutual – Jacksonville office has seen firsthand the effects of childhood cancer with the disease impacting clients and office members.
The office has worked to raise awareness of childhood cancer and advocate for additional research funding to be provided to the cause. Through the creation of their philanthropic committee, the office has supported numerous nonprofits, including Alex’s Lemonade Stand Foundation, Ronald McDonald house, Make-A-Wish, Leukemia & Lymphoma Society, the Kate Amato Foundation and more, through volunteering, fundraising and sponsoring events.
Even amidst the pandemic in 2020, the office was able to continue raising funds for childhood cancer research that totaled more than $100,000.
“Pediatric cancer is something that not only hits close to home for me, but many of those in our Jacksonville office,” said Jessica Salazar, managing partner, Northwestern Mutual – Jacksonville. “We’re incredibly proud of our team for coming together in support of this important cause, and we’re honored to donate this grant to the Kate Amato Foundation as it strives to find a cure for childhood cancer.”
Since 2012, the Northwestern Mutual Childhood Cancer Program has contributed more than $35 million in funding to find better treatments and cures, providing family and patient support and aiding those who continue to struggle with long-term effects of cancer treatment.
Since 2014, the company’s Childhood Cancer Impact Awards has donated $2,295,000 in grants on behalf of the winning offices to childhood cancer nonprofits nationwide.