An MBA graduate of Baker University, Gary Rixson has served as a consultant with Lockton Companies since 2013. Gary Rixson also contributes to a number of nonprofits, including the United Way and Ronald McDonald House Charities (RMHC).
Dedicated to helping children with critical health needs and their families, Ronald McDonald House Charities is guided by the core values of accountability, child-focused care, diversity, and heritage. Founded in 1974, RMHC offers scholarships and grants in addition to its programs to provide accommodations like care mobiles and Ronald McDonald Family Rooms in more than 60 countries. With financial support and volunteers mainly from McDonald’s restaurants, the RMHC is able to fund and expand its programs, including what is perhaps its best-known program, the Ronald McDonald Houses.
Currently, the organization hosts more than 300 Houses throughout the world. Each location allows families to be near their children during medical treatment for little or no cost. Staffed by trained volunteers, they take the day-to-day burden of cleaning and meal-planning off of family members so they can focus on the medical needs of their child. Every Ronald McDonald House provides private bedrooms and play areas, home-cooked meals; while some of them also make educational, recreational, and support services available.
A consultant with Lockton Companies since 2013, Gary Rixson specializes in benefit communication and insourcing. In addition to his professional experience, Gary Rixson is an avid runner, and completed the 2012 Chicago Marathon.
Established in 1977, the Chicago Marathon is one of the largest such events in the United States. With a time limit of 6 hours and 30 minutes, the marathon now draws some 45,000 participants each year with goals to set personal best times or world records, or raise money for charity. The marathon’s 26.2 mile length is known for its flat, even course through 29 neighborhoods. It attracts almost 2 million spectators.
In order to ensure a safe and fun marathon for everyone involved, participants must meet a number of qualifications, whether they are running individually or as part of a team for an officially selected charity. For instance, participants must be at least 16 years old when they run, and people 17 and younger must have their parents’ permission. Participants must also be able to complete the course within the time limit and follow the orders of officials, while conducting themselves in a sportsmanlike manner. Finally, participants can only wear their own bib numbers and timing devices to ensure fair, accurate finish times.
Gary Rixson, a consultant with Lockton Companies’ Benefit Communication Insourcing team since 2013, is a business development professional with more than 16 years of experience. An active runner for local charities, Gary Rixson has lent his support to various health-related organizations, such as the American Heart Association (AHA).
Heart failure plays a role in one out of nine deaths nationwide, and in light of a recent study predicting that the rate of new diagnoses will nearly double over the next 15 years, the AHA announced Rise Above Heart Failure, a national initiative to raise awareness of the potentially deadly condition and reduce hospitalizations by 10 percent in the next five years. With more than 870,000 new cases each year, heart failure is one of the most common heart-related diseases in the nation, and although there are ways to manage it, about half of those with heart failure die within five years of diagnosis.
Participating is as simple as pledging to add one heart-healthy change to one’s daily routine, capturing a photo of an individual or group forming a heart with their hands (aka a “heartie”), and sharing a post on social media with the tags #MyChangeofHeart and #RiseAboveHF.
For more tools and tips on preventing and living with heart failure, visit RiseAboveHF.org.
After spending 12 years with AT&T, Gary Rixson joined Lockton Companies in a consulting role. Beyond his work with the Benefit Communication Insourcing Division, Gary Rixson supports charitable organizations like the Wounded Warrior Project (WWP).
During each of the last five years, WWP has reached out to more than 21,000 members to compile the WWP Alumni Survey. The information gathered as part of the survey helps the organization to tailor its existing programs to better serve veterans while also establishing new WWP initiatives.
The survey covers topics ranging from common issues veterans of war face when returning home to the diverse assortment of injuries Wounded Warriors often live with. WWP began gathering information for its sixth annual WWP Alumni Survey in March. As a testament to how valuable past editions have been to the organization, survey coordinators have included incentives in hopes of encouraging more members to fill out this year’s survey.