The Rypien Foundation – Fighting Childhood Cancer

Michael Quiel has a great deal of experience in the investment industry, having served almost 15 years as the president of Legend Advisory Corporation and over five years as a managing partner with Legend Asset Opportunity Master Fund. A donor to the Make-a-Wish Foundation and Friends of Robert Yamada, Michael Quiel is also a significant supporter of the Rypien Foundation, based in Spokane, Washington.

Founded by Super Bowl XXVI MVP Mark Rypien after he lost his young son to cancer, the Rypien Foundation is dedicated to creating calming environments for children battling cancer and to reducing the stress on their families. By following three key principles – to be the premier charity of its kind, to provide opportunities aligned with the Foundation’s vision and values, and to spread hope whenever possible – the organization seeks to fulfill its mission.

Financially, the Rypien Foundation is fortunate in having a group of underwriters that pays 100 percent of its operating costs. It raises additional funds through events like Ride the Bases and the Buehrle Golf Classic, in addition to donations from individuals and corporate partnerships. All proceeds therefore go to local initiatives and programs in the Inland Northwest addressing the needs of children with cancer.


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