PLM hopes to raise $100k for childhood cancer research through head shaving event

PLM hopes to raise $100,000 in support of cancer research.

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PHILADELPHIA — Pennsylvania Lumbermens Mutual Insurance Company (PLM), the largest mutual insurer dedicated to wood-related businesses, is hosting a fundraiser in support of the St. Baldrick’s Foundation, a charity dedicated to supporting research to find cures for childhood cancer. St. Baldrick’s is the largest non-government funder of childhood cancer research grants. PLM is looking for support to exceed its fundraising goal of $100,000, culminating in a head-shaving event at the PLM National Meeting on April 18.

“I’ve been involved with St. Baldrick’s for more than 15 years and the cause has personal meaning to me,” said John Smith, President and CEO of PLM. “Seven years ago, cancer hit close to home when my son’s best friend was diagnosed and passed away. This year, we are proud to work together through our fundraiser to offer essential support for cancer research. A number of our employees will Brave the Shave at our National Meeting next month as we work together to fight childhood cancer. We’re grateful for any and all support as we battle together to fight childhood cancer.”

The fundraising drive will be open until the event at PLM’s National Meeting on April 18. At the National Meeting, PLM executives and employees, including John Smith and Assistant Vice President of Marketing Lindsey DiGangi, will Brave the Shave, shaving their heads in solidarity with kids who have lost their hair during cancer treatment.

To learn more about the St. Baldrick’s Foundation, visit To donate to PLM’s fundraiser, visit


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