Children with cancer receive $2 million boost

Northwestern Mutual Foundation gift to Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin
supports children, strengthens community

Nov. 19, 2013 College News - Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin has received a $2 million gift from the Northwestern Mutual Foundation to support children with cancer and blood disorders. The Northwestern Mutual Day Hospital for Childhood Cancer, within the MACC Fund Center at Children’s Hospital, will provide outpatient treatment for children with cancer and blood disorders.  

The Northwestern Mutual Day Hospital for Childhood Cancer will be built on the fifth floor of Children’s Hospital and includes exam, treatment and conference rooms. There will be a community room that provides an environment of emotional support while care is delivered, and where patients and families may engage in play and educational activities led by specially trained staff. It also will include a pharmacy for dispensing medicines used to treat children with cancer and blood disorders. The Northwestern Mutual Day Hospital for Childhood Cancer is scheduled to open in early 2015.

“We are proud to support Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin and their vision to provide the best care in our community,” said John Kordsmeier, president of the Northwestern Mutual Foundation. “The Northwestern Mutual Day Hospital for Childhood Cancer will create a family-friendly environment that offers kids fun activities while undergoing treatment.”

“We are so grateful to the Northwestern Mutual Foundation. This gift will go a long way in helping us create an environment to reflect our philosophy that family members provide critical emotional support to a child fighting cancer,” said Peggy Troy, CEO, Children's Hospital of Wisconsin. “This space will align with the world class care we provide to kids.”

“The support from Northwestern Mutual will enable us to provide the best and safest care to a growing number of children with very complex needs, while at the same time, allowing kids to be kids and providing family support in a safe environment,” said Marcio H. Malogolowkin, MD, Professor of Pediatrics and Chief of Pediatric Hematology/ Oncology at the Medical College of Wisconsin and Medical Director of the MACC Fund Center at Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin.

Children’s Hospital is among the most experienced and largest cancer and blood disorders centers in the country specializing in the treatment of children. It is ranked No. 4 in the nation by Parents magazine and one of the top 50 pediatric hospitals by U.S. News & World Report.

Since the cancer program began in 1980:

  • More than 5,000 children have received care through the Oncology Program, which provides highly specialized treatment for a variety of childhood cancers and conducts novel research. Children’s Hospital is the only children's hospital in the state designated as a Phase I Center by Children's Oncology Group, an award given to just 21 centers nationwide. This means children benefit from cutting-edge clinical research trials and the clinical team is at the forefront of discovering new therapies.  
  • More than 1,000 children have received blood and marrow transplants. The Blood and Marrow Transplant Program is internationally recognized for its expertise in allogeneic transplant, including unrelated donor blood and marrow transplants for a variety of childhood cancers and hematologic disorders.

Northwestern Mutual’s Childhood Cancer Program is committed to accelerating the search for cures for childhood cancers and providing support for families battling the disease.  The program launched in July 2012 and has impacted more than 1,500 individuals touched by childhood cancer, funded more than 15,000 hours of research and helped 200 families travel for childhood cancer treatments. Through a variety of initiatives, the Northwestern Mutual Foundation and fundraising efforts led by financial representatives across the country has contributed more than $2.3 million to the cause.

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