A "Phil-good" story

Posted: June 27, 2013 - 3:24pm

OAK RIDGE, Tenn. — Recently, the Uranium Processing Facility team honored one of its own — Phil Schuetz — by raising money for The University of Tennessee Medical Center Cancer Institute's Campaign for Hope and having a pink dogwood planted on site.

When Schuetz came to Y‑12 in 2008 as UPF Project Manager, he came in a flurry of pink as a supporter of the Susan G. Komen Foundation for breast cancer research. In 2012, Schuetz and his Y‑12 family added purple to their colors to support those with pancreatic cancer, the disease Schuetz is battling.

Cindy Ford of Document Management, UPF Support, referred to collecting donations during the UPF All Hands meeting as a "Phil-good day."

The UPF team raised more than $2,600 in March for the UT cancer institute's Campaign of Hope. The campaign focuses on creating better facilities, better care and more opportunities for everyone who is touched by cancer. Two tiles honoring Schuetz are on the 'Wall of Hope' that is located in the lobby of the new Cancer Institute.

Honoring Schuetz didn't — and doesn't — stop there. A pink dogwood tree was planted at the overlook across from the Highly Enriched Uranium Materials Facility. Schuetz and the UPF team want employees to "enjoy watching the dogwood grow as we watch UPF grow."

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