Northwestern Mutual commits $5M to Children's Wisconsin and the MACC Fund -- its largest standalone donation

MILWAUKEE (CBS 58) -- Northwestern Mutual, through its foundation, announced Thursday, Feb. 25, a $5 million commitment to Children's Wisconsin to support its MACC Fund Center for Cancer and Blood Disorders. 

According to a news release from Northwestern Mutual, the funding will span across five years through 2025, and represents the company's largest standalone donation connected to its national philanthropic cause of childhood cancer. The partnership will launch both in-hospital navigator and psychosocial programs to help guide patients and families through diagnoses, treatment and recovery. It will also expand existing programs and services, such as the Northwestern Mutual Day Hospital for Childhood Cancer, to continue to provide outpatient care for children with cancer and blood disorders.

“Through this contribution, patients and families will experience individualized patient support and greater access to resources for navigating their journeys from diagnosis to healing,” said Eric Christophersen, president, Northwestern Mutual Foundation. “We’re proud to help strengthen the exceptional care childhood cancer patients receive at Children’s Wisconsin.”

Northwestern Mutual says the donation will also support patient care and a community navigator for families impacted by sickle cell disease.

Since 2012, Northwestern Mutual's Childhood Cancer Program has focused on advancing childhood cancer research, providing family and patient support and serving as a resource to families managing the long-term effects of cancer treatment. With the support of Northwestern Mutual employees and financial advisors nationwide, the company has contributed more than $35 million and funded over 455,000 hours of research through the program.

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