LeRoy Butler Foundation lending hand to cancer fight

GREEN BAY – Former Green Bay Packers player LeRoy Butler is hoping a $10,000 endowment helps strengthen Bellin Health’s playbook for fighting breast cancer.

Butler will make the formal donation via his foundation, The LeRoy Butler Foundation, during a 1 p.m. event set for Tuesday, Dec. 18, at The Cancer Team at Bellin Health, 1580 Commanche Ave., Green Bay.

The endowment will provide financial assistance for patients undergoing treatment for breast cancer. An allotment of the donation will also aid patients battling other cancers.

Butler established his foundation in 2005 following a friendly interaction with a Packers fan who had adorned her Packers jersey bearing Butler’s No. 36 with a pink ribbon. The chance encounter and ensuing conversation introduced Butler to the fight against breast cancer and left a lasting impression.

After retiring, Butler founded The LeRoy Butler Foundation “to help women going through breast cancer treatments obtain the assistance they need to focus on the job of healing, verses the financial impact to their families,” according to information on the foundation’s website.

The Bellin Health Foundation will administer Tuesday’s $10,000 donation and all future endowments from The LeRoy Butler Foundation to The Cancer Team.

“This endowment will go a long way toward easing the financial concerns of some of our cancer patients,” said Steven Maricque, president, The Bellin Health Foundation. “The donation will help financially distressed patients pay for everyday expenses like co-pays, gasoline, utilities and other expenses that may easily be neglected as patients try to focus on the larger issue in their lives – fighting cancer.”