HOPE Donates $50,000 to help St. Jude Children's Research Hospital® Deliver on the Promise of Personalized Medicine

HOPE Donates $50,000 to help St. Jude Children's Research Hospital® Deliver on
                     the Promise of Personalized Medicine

Funds Earmarked for Pediatric Cancer Genome Project Launched with Washington
University

PR Newswire

CARMEL, Ind., Dec. 18, 2013

CARMEL, Ind., Dec. 18, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- HOPE (Health Opportunity through
Partnership in Education), together with Washington National Insurance
Company, donates $50,000 to St. Jude Children's Research Hospital® to support
world-class pediatric cancer research.

The donation will specifically support the Pediatric Cancer Genome Project
launched in 2010 by St. Jude in collaboration with Washington University, St.
Louis, to find clues to the causes of childhood cancer and potential new
treatments and cures.

The multi-million-dollar project compares healthy tissues with cancerous
tissues to better understand DNA mutations and other genetic changes that give
rise to childhood cancer. The findings are expected to lay the foundation for
the next generation of treatments.

"We're proud to join the fight against childhood cancer and are pleased to
make this donation on behalf of HOPE," said Barbara Stewart, president of
HOPE. "'The Genome Project provides us an opportunity to support St. Jude in
the important work of identifying new methods of diagnosis and treatment of
pediatric cancers."

"St. Jude Children's Research Hospital appreciates this generous donation to
continue genome sequencing and freely sharing the breakthroughs it makes,"
said Nichole Ornelas, associate director of the ALSAC/St. Jude Children's
Research Hospital office in Indianapolis. "Every child saved at St. Jude
means doctors and scientists worldwide can use that knowledge to save
thousands more."

HOPE, a non-profit organization formed in 1982, provides charitable funds to
promote good health and to encourage scientific research. HOPE members and
Washington National's more than 175,000 policy certificate holders generously
contribute to the HOPE foundation to support and promote its mission.

About HOPE
HOPE (Health Opportunity through Partnership in Education) is a non-profit
organization incorporated in 1982. HOPE's mission is to promote good health,
to encourage scientific research, and to disseminate information about the
prevention, detection and treatment of cancer and other serious diseases and
accidents. For more information, visit HopeMembers.com.

About Washington National Insurance Company
Washington National Insurance Company, a subsidiary of CNO Financial Group,
Inc., has helped Americans since 1911 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.
To learn more, visit WashingtonNational.com.

SOURCE Washington National Insurance Company

Website: http://www.WashingtonNational.com
Contact: Jennifer Born, Washington National Insurance Company, Ph:
312-396-7089, Email: jennifer.born@washingtonnational.com
 
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