Injury Prevention Advocacy at Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago

As the founder and director of The Custom Companies, Inc., in Illinois, Perry Mandera has grown the business into a full-service transportation provider. Perry Mandera also emphasizes the importance of corporate social responsibility through the company’s philanthropic division, Custom Cares Charities, which supports various charitable organizations, including Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago.

Among its many advocacy initiatives, Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago maintains the Injury Prevention and Research Center (IPRC) to reduce preventable injuries by focusing on the leading causes of youth injury. The hospital notes that injuries, many of which are preventable, rank as the top cause of death and long-term disability for youth between the ages of 1 and 19.

To decrease the number of intentional and unintentional youth injuries, the IPRC works to promote more protective environments, greater knowledge and skills, increased awareness, and enhanced public policies. The IPRC also supports behavioral risk reduction and safe social environments. As a contributor to research methods and best practices, the IPRC utilizes a public health model for injuries that involves describing the problem, locations, and causes, as well as creating and assessing interventions.

2015 Chicago Walk to Cure Arthritis Slated for June 6, 2015

In 1986, Perry Mandera founded the Custom Companies, a “full-service transportation company,” and has since grown the company into a leader in domestic freight transportation and logistics. Perry Mandera subsequently created Custom Cares, the philanthropic arm of his company, which supports the Arthritis Foundation, among other beneficiaries

Arthritis is one of the most common causes of disability in the United States, affecting an estimated 52.5 million individuals, or more than one in every five adults. By the year 2030, the number is projected to jump to 67 million Americans. Although there are treatments and preventive strategies for the disease, no cure exists. As the largest platform for the arthritis community nationwide, the Arthritis Foundation is at the forefront of efforts to educate the public, provide access to medications, and fund new research to find a cure.

One of the Foundation’s main fundraising events is the annual Walk to Cure Arthritis. The 2015 Walk to Cure Arthritis will take place in Chicago on June 6, 2015. Featuring three-mile and one-mile courses, the walk will include fundraising incentives as well as several family-friendly, fun activities.

The Advanced Logistics and Technology of The Custom Companies, Inc.

The founder of The Custom Companies, Inc., Perry Mandera has more than 30 years of experience in the transportation industry. A member of the Board for the Illinois Transportation Association, he was named one of the top 100 American transportation executives of the millennium. Since founding The Custom Companies in 1986, Perry Mandera has grown the company to annual sales that exceed $200 million.

Focused on providing the safest, most reliable transportation services available, The Custom Companies serves all points of North America, including Hawaii and Puerto Rico, via truck. Additionally, it can reach any point on the globe through its expedited, trade show, and special handling division, Custom Global Logistics, and its direct mail distribution division, Choice Direct Logistics.

Thanks to its expansive and ever-evolving technologies, The Custom Companies stays on the forefront of the global transportation industry. For instance, its Cheetah Dispatch software allows real-time, GPS-enabled tracking from every driver’s satellite-enabled tablet. In conjunction with the company’s dock and warehouse management systems, clients can track their inventory from storage to shipment to delivery with a unique barcode in a paperless environment. Clients may also receive detailed analytics daily, weekly, monthly, or on demand via The Custom Companies’ web portal.

KIDSS for Kids, Inc.

Entrepreneur and philanthropist Perry Mandera, founder of The Custom Companies, a full-service transportation firm, has accumulated a lengthy record of supporting charities that assist children, including KIDSS for Kids, Inc. The acronym stands for Kindness Is Doing Something Special. The nonprofit organization acts as a fundraising auxiliary for the Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago. Through the generosity of Perry Mandera and his foundation, Custom Cares, along with other supporters, KIDSS for Kids ensures such Family Services Department programs as music therapy, art therapy, and school services continue.

The nonprofit entity also helps to fund a developmental specialist in the neonatal intensive care unit. Recent fundraisers to help reach the organization’s $4 million commitment included the 16th annual Aon Step Up for Kids, which took place in January 2013. The Family Services Department provides enrichment, educational, and support programs for seriously ill and dying children and their families, and most of the offerings are not covered by insurance.

Perry Mandera: Upcoming Fundraisers for Ann’s Hope Foundation

In 1986, entrepreneur Perry Mandera formed Custom Cares as a portal for the distribution of charitable donations to nonprofit organizations. One such organization is Ann’s Hope Foundation, which was established in 2005 by two friends who each lost a loved one to melanoma, a type of skin cancer.

Ann’s Hope Foundation will be hosting a number of events in 2013. The Ninth Annual Block Melanoma 5K Run/3K Walk will take place in Milwaukee later this year. Additionally, the organization will hold the Million Mile March, in which the charity earns one dollar for every mile walked up to 100 miles during the month of March.

This weekend, Ann’s Hope Foundation is presenting its Casino Night on February 23 at the Sheraton Hotel in Brookfield, Wisconsin. The night will include Las Vegas-style gambling, cocktails, and a live auction. Proceeds from the event will go towards expanding awareness of the seriousness of melanoma, highlighting the importance of melanoma screenings, and supporting efforts to find a cure for the disease.

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