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.