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SPOTLIGHT| Butler Trades in Blue For Pink to Promote Breast Cancer Awareness

In Tampa, Florida, Butler Weihmuller Katz Craig employees traded in their Butler Blue for Pink. October is well known as Breast Cancer Awareness Month, and the Firm started the tradition of walking for the cause.  From secretaries to attorneys, the Butler staff raised over $3,400 which was donated to the American Cancer Society. This money is used to find a cure for this disease that affects so many. For Butler, this event is more than just a 3.1 mile walk to raise money for charity. It is rallying behind the Butler family and showing support for our members Sandra Reed and Lan Nguyen who have personally been affected by Breast Cancer. 

Sandra, a secretary at Butler, was diagnosed with Breast Cancer in February. She is now cancer free and was able to lead the walk despite still undergoing treatment.

“Butler has been my second family for 15 years. I think Butler has a lot of great things they support, and I am so happy Breast Cancer is one of them. My coworkers have given me so much encouragement,” said Sandra.

Coworkers all describe Sandra as having a great spirit. Her “I can do this” attitude is a source of inspiration for many members of the firm.

“I walked for the Breast Cancer Awareness 5K because Sandra Reed has been a caring friend who has been a special influence and pillar in my time working here at Butler. She is the perfect example of what hard work and strength look like. I was proud to walk with her for the marathon,” said Rebecca Boudreau of Dex.

Lan Nguyen of Dex was also diagnosed with Breast Cancer in March of 2014. She raised money for the walk and supported a cause that is very close to her heart. She explains that her son, William, was her hero who gave her the strength she needed to fight her battle. She is also now cancer free.

“I help to find a cure. I can’t stress how important it is to be a part of such a great cause and what this means for future survivors. The employees here have more passion and drive than most people I’ve known my whole life. Just seeing all the people at the walk gave me this wonderful feeling knowing all walks of life are truly impacted,” said Lan.

Tenille Turner Trigg, Human Resources Director, describes the walk filled to the brim with people showing their love and support. “It means a lot to our employees that we are supporting them. This hits us close to home. So many people are affected, and I am glad that we can serve our community and support our Butler family.”

SPOTLIGHTKind Acts through Community Service: Telisha Thompson

A records management clerk who has been with the firm just under a year explains that when she is not at Butler, she loves serving the community.  In 2009, Telisha joined a prominent organization called the Jerusalem Grand Chapter Order of the Eastern Star. She is a part of the Lola Simon Chapter where she dons all white at meetings and is known as an Associate Matron.

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