Zurich extends support to Philadelphia children and their families

The insurer made a donation to the Philadelphia Ronald McDonald House for young cancer patients

Zurich extends support to Philadelphia children and their families

Insurance News

By Allie Sanchez

Property and casualty insurer Zurich North America has taken the opportunity to raise awareness for childhood cancer and extend support for families through a donation.

The major carrier announced its $10,000 donation to the Philadelphia Ronald McDonald House during a dinner at the Risk and Insurance Management Society (RIMS) conference held in the state earlier this week.

According to a company statement, the donation was made on behalf of the company’s RIMS attendees and guests.

Ronald McDonald House will use half of the gift to fund the trip of a group of child cancer patients and their siblings to attend Ronald McDonald Camp in the Poconos Mountains.

“The Camp allows children (fighting) cancer to take a break from the stress of treatment and just be kids by experiencing the joys of summer camp,” Zurich said in its statement. 

The other half of the bequest will support the Ronald McDonald Family Rooms at The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia and St. Christopher’s Hospital for Children.

The Family Rooms provide a “quiet, comfortable place for families to rest and regroup during their child’s treatment—helping them to reduce stress and focus on their own health and well-being while they take care of their child,” the statement added.

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Zurich Select Brokers and RIMS participants also pooled donations to hand out $1,000 worth of gift cards to be distributed to the House’s beneficiary families to help with expenses for everyday staples and supplies.

“Ronald McDonald House was born in Philadelphia, making it another part of the city’s tradition of innovation and leadership where children’s health is concerned,” Paul Horgan, head of North America Commercial Insurance for Zurich North America, stated.

“I am proud that Zurich can contribute to that tradition by providing comfort to the families of seriously ill children with this donation,” he added.

Susan Campbell, executive director of the Ronald McDonald House, added: “We are very excited and grateful to Zurich for their generous donation. Through their donation, they will help us bring comfort to numerous families…while they are going through a very difficult time…”

The insurer has institutionalized giving as part of its organization. In 2016, it delivered more than $600,000 to its host communities through roughly 30,000 volunteer hours rendered by nearly 4,000 employees to support 725 service projects.

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