Westfield man’s philanthropic efforts earn $20K for children’s hospital • Current Publishing

Mark Wise found that he shared a similar passion with his financial client, former Indianapolis Colts forward Ryan Diem.


“Ryan and I had a shared desire to give back to the community,” said Wise, who is president and CEO of Wise Financial, a private client group of Northwestern Mutual. “We entered into this partnership to support families with childhood cancer through a fundraising campaign.”

So they started Strike Out Cancer in 2018 to support Peyton Manning Children’s Hospital. The event was held for the fourth time from May 10-14 in a virtual format amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

A resident of Westfield, Wise was one of 16 recipients to present the Northwestern Mutual Community Service Award earlier this year in recognition of his work with Peyton Manning’s Children’s Hospital and the annual Strike Out Cancer event. Wise received a $ 20,000 grant from the Northwestern Mutual Foundation for Peyton Manning Children’s Hospital in April.

“Ryan and I often ran into each other in philanthropic circles,” Wise said. “That’s why he invited me to a charity golf outing west of Chicago.”

That event was in memory of Allie Neff, a 3-year-old from Rochester, Minn., Who died after a battle with cancer in 2006. Wise took four of them to the tournament for a few years.

Wise said Northwestern Mutual’s involvement in Alex’s Lemonade Stand Foundation for Childhood Cancer made him aware that most of the money raised for cancer research goes to adults more than children.

“That made me want to double my money and really work on raising money for this amazing cause,” said Wise, a married father of three.

Additionally, Wise said he has several clients whose children have died of some form of childhood cancer. He noted that it takes its toll on the whole family.

“I’m always passionate because I think with a lot of research we can find a cure to fight cancer,” said Wise.

Wise said he is encouraged by all the new treatments available now.

“Some kids may have beaten cancer, but all the drugs, chemotherapy, and radiation have left them with disabilities or health problems for the rest of their lives,” Wise said. “I hope that through the fundraising we can not only cure it, but that some of these side effects can also be significantly reduced for children.”

Diem, a resident of Zionsville, said Wise’s service price is well deserved.

“Mark has been one of the most generous supporters in the Indianapolis community since I met him many years ago,” said Diem. “He is eager to make a difference, especially in childhood cancer research and treatment.”

Diem said the in-person events have raised more than $ 300,000 in the past three years.

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