Fighting Cancer … One Tackle, Strike Out & Kick at a Time

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john f barrett presenting check to barrett cancer center

Pictured left to right is Dr. Pier Scaglioni, director of Hematology Oncology at the University of Cincinnati Cancer Institute; Dr. William Barrett, director of the University of Cincinnati Cancer Institute and director of the Barrett Cancer Center; and John F. Barrett, chairman, president and chief executive officer of Western & Southern.


Improving the quality of medical care in Cincinnati – cancer care, in particular – is a longstanding focus of Western & Southern's philanthropy and community involvement. To that end, Western & Southern supports the fight against cancer with three sports-themed programs:


  • Strike Out Cancer: Since 2001, Western & Southern has been making donations to the University of Cincinnati Barrett Cancer Center (Barrett Center) for every strike out Reds pitchers record at home games. As the longest running of the company’s cancer-fighting sports partnerships, "Strike Out Cancer" has generated $360,000 in donations to the Barrett Center/UC Cancer Institute.
  • Tackle Cancer: Since 2013, Western & Southern has been making donations to the Barrett Center for every tackle the University of Cincinnati Bearcats football team makes at home games. To date, donations have totaled $75,000.
  • Kick Cancer: Since 2016, Western & Southern has been making donations to the Barrett Center for every goal the FC Cincinnati soccer team scores at home games. $60,000 has been donated so far.

The Barrett Center is a key part of the University of Cincinnati Cancer Institute, a partnership of the UC College of Medicine and UC Health. The top priority of the UC Cancer Institute is to make the most advanced care readily available to the people of the Greater Cincinnati metropolitan area.


In addition to these programs, Western & Southern Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer John F. Barrett announced in 2015 a regional fundraising campaign to obtain a National Cancer Institute-designated cancer center in Cincinnati, an imperative to ensure that truly world-class cancer care is available in our city. Western & Southern committed $10 million to the effort.


About Western & Southern Financial Group
Founded in Cincinnati in 1888 as The Western and Southern Life Insurance Company, and celebrating 130 years this year, Western & Southern Financial Group, Inc. (Western & Southern), a Fortune 500 company, is now the parent company of a group of diversified financial services businesses. Its assets owned ($48 billion) and managed ($27 billion) totaled $75 billion as of Sept. 30, 2018. Western & Southern is one of the strongest life insurance groups in the world. Its six life insurance subsidiaries (The Western and Southern Life Insurance Company, Western-Southern Life Assurance Company, Columbus Life Insurance Company, Integrity Life Insurance Company, The Lafayette Life Insurance Company and National Integrity Life Insurance Company) maintain very strong financial ratings. Other member companies include Eagle Realty Group, LLC; Fort Washington Investment Advisors, Inc.;1IFS Financial Services, Inc.; Peppertree Partners LLC;1 Touchstone Advisors, Inc.;1 Touchstone Securities, Inc.;2 W&S Brokerage Services, Inc.;2 and W&S Financial Group Distributors, Inc. Find more information on the Western & Southern family of companies. Western & Southern is the title sponsor of six major community events every year, including the Western & Southern Open, a premier event in the U.S. Open Series played each August by the world’s top-ranked professional male and female tennis players.

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