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Banner Thunderbird pediatric unit receives Wii donation

 

GLENDALE, Ariz. (Nov. 15, 2012) – Northwestern Mutual, through its Foundation, is donating Starlight Children’s Foundation Fun Centers™ to children’s hospitals in Glendale, Phoenix and Tucson as part of its Childhood Cancer Program. Starlight Fun Centers are mobile entertainment units that easily roll up to a hospital bed so children can play video games and watch movies.

Whether nervously awaiting surgery, enduring treatment, or sitting in their hospital room, Fun Centers help children cope by providing endless hours of fun and distraction.

“I am excited to help deliver these entertaining Fun Centers to families fighting childhood cancer,” said Ben Miller, managing partner of Northwestern Mutual-Southwest.  “We know that this disease takes an enormous financial, physical and emotional toll on children and families,” he continued. “Our goal is to strengthen families who are fighting cancer by alleviating some of the stress accompanying their experience.”

The donations and dedication ceremonies kicked off Nov. 13 at Banner Thunderbird Medical Center, and will continue over the next few weeks in Phoenix and Tucson.

ABOUT BANNER THUNDERBIRD MEDICAL CENTER
Banner Thunderbird Medical Center – part of Banner Health, a nonprofit health system with 23 hospitals throughout the West—is a 514-bed hospital offering surgical services, obstetrics and gynecology, emergency care, behavioral health services and heart care. It is Glendale’s largest private employer with 2,800 employees and 1,200 physicians.

ABOUT THE NORTHWEST MUTUAL FOUNDATION
The mission of the Northwestern Mutual Foundation – the largest corporate foundation in the state of Wisconsin – is to build strong, vibrant communities that serve as a legacy to future generations. The Foundation's giving is designed to create an impact on the communities where the company's employees and financial representatives live and work. In fiscal year 2013, the Foundation will contribute $16.9 million to nonprofit organizations across the country.

ABOUT NORTHWESTERN MUTUAL
The Northwestern Mutual Life Insurance Company – Milwaukee, WI (Northwestern Mutual) – among the "World's Most Admired" life insurance companies in 2012 according to FORTUNE® magazine – has helped clients achieve financial security for more than 155 years. As a mutual company with $1.3 trillion of life insurance protection in force, Northwestern Mutual has no shareholders. The company focuses solely and directly on its clients and seeks to deliver consistent and dependable value to them over time.  Northwestern Mutual and its subsidiaries offer a holistic approach to financial security solutions including: life insurance, long-term care insurance, disability insurance, annuities, investment products, and advisory products and services. Subsidiaries include Northwestern Mutual Investment Services, LLC, broker-dealer, registered investment adviser, member FINRA and SIPC; the Northwestern Mutual Wealth Management Company, limited purpose federal savings bank; and Northwestern Long Term Care Insurance Company; and Russell Investments.

ABOUT STARLIGHT CHILDREN'S FOUNDATION
When a child is diagnosed with a serious illness, the day-to-day joys of childhood take a back seat to the rigors of treatment and hospitalization. Starlight Children’s Foundation™ is a leading global health and education charity working to embrace, empower and enrich the lives of children from illness to wellness.  Since 1983, Starlight has been improving the quality of life for children with serious medical conditions through programming that helps kids cope with the experiences of prolonged illness.  Starlight’s innovative programs have been proven to distract children from their pain and lessen the need for pain medication, help young people better understand and manage their illness, and connect families with others facing similar challenges so that no one feels alone.  Each year Starlight enriches the lives of more than 4.5 million children globally by providing ongoing support to children, parents and siblings through a network of partner hospitals, staff and volunteers in the US, UK, Canada, Australia, New Zealand and Israel. Learn more.

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