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<p>HOPE has donated $100,000 as an endowment to help cancer researchers at the Indiana University Melvin and Bren Simon Cancer Center.</p>

IU Simon Cancer Center receives $100,000 from HOPE

IU Melvin and Bren Simon Cancer Center

Building exterior IU Melvin and Bren Simon Cancer Center

The HOPE (Health Opportunity through Partnership in Education) gift establishes the HOPE Endowment Fund for Cancer Research at the IU Simon Cancer Center. 

HOPE is a non-profit organization that was formed in 1982 to provide charitable funds to promote good health and to encourage scientific research and disseminate information concerning the prevention and detection of cancer and other diseases. HOPE has long been associated with Washington National Insurance Company, which is based in Carmel, Ind. HOPE members have access to Washington National Insurance company products that help protect them from the financial hardships that come with unforeseen illnesses.

“We chose to establish an endowment with the Indiana University Foundation recognizing the IU Simon Cancer Center as a NCI-designated cancer center that has a world-wide reputation for excellence in cancer research and patient care,” HOPE President Barbara Stewart said.

“We are proud of our association with HOPE,” said Steven Stecher, president of Washington National. “Donations such as the one to the Indiana University Foundation by HOPE provide funds for research at the IU Simon Cancer Center to find new treatments or, someday, a cure for cancer — not only for our policyholders but for all Americans.”

Gifts such as the one from HOPE are essential to the IU Simon Cancer Center’s success. As a National Cancer Institute (NCI)-designated cancer center, the priority is to develop research that leads to new diagnostics and treatments for cancer.

“Research scientists and physicians work together at Indiana University to explore the biology of the cancer and patient response to treatment, always integrating new technology and intellectual expertise to advance their discoveries,” Patrick J. Loehrer Sr., M.D., director of the IU Simon Cancer Center, said. “Because of this, research is expensive. Gifts, such as the one from HOPE, provide the resources necessary to recruit new faculty, buy advanced technology, and translate new research into better outcomes for cancer patients.”

About HOPE
HOPE (Health Opportunity through Partnership in Education) is a non-profit organization incorporated in 1982. With nearly 80,000 members, HOPE’s mission is to promote good health, to encourage scientific research, and to disseminate information about the prevention and detection of cancer and other diseases. For more information, visit

About Washington National Insurance Company
Washington National Insurance Company, a subsidiary of CNO Financial Group, Inc., has helped Americans since 1923 to protect themselves and their families from the financial hardship that often comes with critical illness, accidents or loss of life. The company’s supplemental health and life insurance products are designed to help give policyholders and their loved ones peace of mind. Policyholders can depend on Washington National to be a strong, caring partner in helping to provide financial security for them and their families.  

About CNO Financial Group Inc.
CNO Financial Group Inc. is a holding company. Our insurance subsidiaries – principally Bankers Life and Casualty Company, Colonial Penn Life Insurance Company and Washington National Insurance Company – serve working American families and seniors by helping them protect against financial adversity and provide for a more secure retirement. For more information, visit CNO online at