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RIMS supports charity in its fight against childhood cancer

April 23, 2017   by Angela Stelmakowich

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PHILADELPHIA – RIMS, the risk management society, has announced that Alex’s Lemonade Stand Foundation (ALSF) is the beneficiary of the society’s 2017 Community Service Day Project, sponsored by ESIS.

Alex’s Lemonade Stand Foundation (ALSF) is the beneficiary of RIMS’ 2017 Community Service Day Project. Credit: ALSF.

The project, which this year focuses on combating childhood cancer, is part of RIMS 2017 Annual Conference & Exhibition. The annual four-day event is being held Apr. 23-26 in Philadelphia, notes RIMS, a not-for-profit organization with a membership of approximately 11,000 risk practitioners in 60-plus countries.

Risk professionals will be giving back over the course of the entire conference, with proceeds from lemonade stand sales benefiting ALSF, a local non-profit with a national reach that provides services to support children and families fighting cancer.

Mary Roth, CEO of RIMS.

Headquartered near Philadelphia, ALSF was founded and inspired by a young girl named Alex who dreamed of a cure for the disease she battled, RIMS reports.

ALSF seeks to “fight cancer one cup at a time” by raising money and awareness for childhood cancer causes, research for new treatments and cures, and empowering others, especially children, to get involved and make a difference for children with cancer. To date, the charity has raised more than $140 million, funding 690-plus research projects nationally.

Liz Scott, co-executive director of Alex’s Lemonade Stand Foundation and Alex’s mother.

While the risk management community gathers for the conference, “it’s important for us to take a moment and give back to the community that has embraced us,” says RIMS CEO Mary Roth (pictured above right). “Alex’s Lemonade Stand is a wonderful charity with a truly noble mission and we are so proud to make it a part our event,” Roth emphasizes.

“We look forward to this new partnership and the amount of awareness it will bring to our cause, bringing us closer to finding cures for all kids with cancer,” says Liz Scott (pictured left), co-executive director of ALSF and Alex’s mother.

Joe Vasquez, president of ESIS.

ESIS president Joe Vasquez (pictured right) notes that the company and its people are “committed to giving back on a local and national level. That’s why we are proud to sponsor Alex’s Lemonade Stand Foundation in partnership with RIMS 2017.”

A second Community Service Day Project, hosted by RIMS and ESIS, will be held Apr. 25, in which risk professionals attending the conference will assemble care packages for SuperSibs, an ALSF program that comforts, encourages and empowers siblings during their families’ battle against childhood cancer.