Steven L. Braun, CLU®
Wealth Management Advisor

Braun & Associates

Community Involvement

Steve Braun wins Community Service Award from the Northwestern Mutual Foundation

Northwestern Mutual Wealth Management Advisor Steve Braun recently received the 2019 Community Service Award as the Most Exceptional Volunteer in the Central Region for his work with Cures Within Reach. Congratulations and thank you for your volunteerism!

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MDRT Foundation awards 2019 Quality of Life Grant to Cures Within Reach

Congratulations! On behalf of the MDRT Foundation, Cures Within Reach has been awarded a 2019 Quality of Life Grant in the amount of $5,000 in honor of Steve Braun's volunteerism.

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Steve Braun is proud to support Northwestern Mutual-Chicago's Childhood Cancer Program

As a business, we help people secure their futures and reach for their dreams. For many children, however, cancer puts their future in jeopardy.

We’re Raising Awareness and Funding for Childhood Cancer Research

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Pediatric cancer research and support services are vastly and consistently underfunded, yet cancer is the leading cause of death by disease in children and adolescents in the United States. We’re working to accelerate the search for cures for childhood cancer and provide support for families fighting the disease. We’re partnering with the Northwestern Mutual Foundation and our non-profit partner Alex’s Lemonade Stand Foundation to raise critical dollars for research. We provide help for today and hope for tomorrow.

We’re Supporting Kids and their Families
In 2016, we have provided care packages for 200 hospitalized children at The University of Chicago Medicine Comer Children’s Hospital.

We’re Fighting Childhood Cancer ‘One Cup at A Time’
In 2015, we built lemonade stands and hosted them throughout Chicago. We also had a Golf Outing, ran for the cause, and sponsored Casual Days at our office. In that year, our firm raised more than $130,000 which will help fund 2,600 hours of research. We were also the recipient of the Northwestern Mutual Foundation Childhood Cancer Impact Award. This award recognizes our philanthropic outreach and will provide a $50,000 grant to childhood cancer programs.

We’re looking forward to making an even bigger impact in the years ahead. Check out our firm’s Community Involvement.

CureAccelerator Live! 2017

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Steve Braun attended the 2017 CureAccelerator Live! event in support of Cures Within Reach. According to Dr. Bruce Bloom, President of Cures Within Reach, "CureAccelerator Live was an idea to get projects that needed about $50,000 in order to conduct a clinical trial, the results of which would allow physicians to suddenly have a solution for an unmet need."

The organization and the event help keep research efforts and collaboration moving. "It's being able to utilize resources that have already been screened and tested and understood, so you can fast-track through that really tedious aspect of the drug discovery process," says Grace Stutzmann, Ph. D, Presenting Researcher at Rosalind Franklin University.

To learn more about this event, check out the CureAccelerator Live! video.

Steve Braun - 2015 Community Service Award Winner

Northwestern Mutual Wealth Management Advisor Steve Braun recently received a 2015 Community Service Award as the Most Exceptional Volunteer for his work with Cures Within Reach. Northwestern Mutual, through its foundation awarded $285,000 in grants to nonprofits nationwide. Congratulations and thank you for your volunteerism!

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Steve Braun Wins Community Service Award from the Northwestern Mutual Foundation

The Northwestern Mutual Foundation is proud to recognize Steve Braun as the recipient of the 2015 Community Service Award for his extensive dedication to Cures Within Reach. Steve has been a donor and volunteer leader at Cures Within Reach for over 10 years, and a few years ago agreed to join the Executive Board. He has been a great supporter of the Cures Within Reach Rediscovery Research™ model, connecting the organization to thought leaders inside and outside of medicine, matching donors to Rediscovery Research projects they can support, and providing business and marketing guidance.

Steve’s involvement with Cures Within Reach resonates on a personal level. Like so many of us, Steve’s family and friends have been affected by disease issues. Steve has responded by learning about and spreading the word about the quick, safe and affordable impact of the Rediscovery Research that repurposes already available drugs and devices so they can help patients with other diseases. He has helped create the impact that Cures Within Reach has had on the lives of those around him who suffer from catastrophic diseases.

After hearing that one of his Northwestern Mutual colleagues had been diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis (MS), Steve and the staff of Cures Within Reach were able to help this colleague enroll in a Rediscovery Research clinical research trial at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. After participating, this colleague, and the other 9 participants were all able to regain function that had been lost to the MS. This colleague went from requiring a walker to being able to walk a mile without the need of assistance. Such an accomplishment is attributable to the funding of Rediscovery Research supported by Cures Within Reach.

Steve shared another story from a time when a client of his had made a significant donation to Cures Within Reach to support prostate cancer Rediscovery Research at the Cures Within Reach annual “The Longest Day of Golf” event. Later that year, the donor was diagnosed with prostate cancer! After contacting Steve, within 48 hours of his diagnosis, Cures Within Reach was able to connect the donor to researchers at the University of Chicago who were testing a Rediscovery Research surgery technique. While the donor was not eligible to participate in the clinical trial, he was able to visit the researchers and see how his contribution was making impact. He made another donation to this research, and got support as he selected an alternative treatment, which went very well.

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Steve Braun Elected to Executive Board - Cures Within Reach (formerly Partnership for Cures)

Steve Braun has served as an Advisory Board member since 2005 and was named to the Executive Board in 2008.

Cures Within Reach raises funds to support medical research that finds new uses for FDA-approved drugs and devices. Repurposing existing drugs and devices is the fastest, safest, and most affordable way to help children with rare, deadly diseases receive better treatments.

Click here to learn more about Cures Within Reach.

Northwestern Mutual-Chicago Gives Back

Steve Braun and Northwestern Mutual - Chicago teamed up to raise more than $32,000 of charitable contributions for local organizations in 2014. Charities receiving donations include:

Steve is active in his community, working with Cures Within Reach, City of Hope, and Marty Hennessy's Inspiring Children Foundation.

Steve Braun coordinated for his fellow board members at the Entrepreneurship Institute a volunteer event to support The Chicago Food Depository.
A board member commented afterwards: "It was terrific. The venue allowed us to talk and get to know one another much better. The fact that it was for a good cause and helped us understand all the work the food bank does was very enlightening and an added benefit."

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To learn more about each organization, please visit their websites:
The Entrepreneurship Institute
The Chicago Food Depository

Steve Braun Joined Tony Bennett for Mother’s Day Weekend Charity Event, May 2006
In order to help get kids off the street and on the tennis court where they can learn discipline and a "NO QUIT" attitude, Steve Braun supported the Marty Hennessy Jr.'s Tennis Foundation's scholarship fund. Northwestern Mutual's Matching Gifts Program allowed Steve to extend his personal contribution even further in supporting this worthy organization.

Steve Braun Helped Fund Cancer Research, June 2004: Steve Braun was once again pleased to be a sponsor of the Goldman Philanthropic Partnership 2nd Annual Mark Damisch Piano Concert to support innovative medical research at the University of Massachusetts Medical School.


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