| The Tampa Tribune
Published: Mar 11, 2011
WESLEY CHAPEL – Greg Lenners has an bureau and wears a tie.
But only since he has an office, that doesn’t meant a 44-year-old ubiquitous manager during The Shops At Wiregrass stays cumulative to his desk.
And a tie around his neck doesn’t meant he can’t hurl adult his sleeves.
At Christmastime, when a mall’s other employees are swamped, Lenners infrequently can be found stocking vending machines circuitously restrooms. Before a new Battle of a Bands competition, he helped make a core justice theatre where 22 bands played some-more than 6 hours.
He now hopes his work ethic and selling mind will assistance him lift some-more income than 12 other competitors in this year’s Leukemia Lymphoma Society Man of a Year contest.
After vocalization during a Macy’s eventuality in Jan 2010, Lenners, a self-described Air Force brat who has been in a mall business for about 12 years, was approached by Susan Hausler, a former Leukemia Lymphoma Society Woman of a Year. She asked if he was meddlesome in competing in final year’s contest.
“I didn’t know adequate about it only to burst in,” Lenners said. “Last year, we went to their celebration and met a Boy and Girl of a Year. we schooled a lot. You know, it’s like we have blinders on. Afterward, my mother came to me and said, ‘Your mother-in-law had lymphoma.’ we didn’t even comprehend that that’s what it was; she’s now in remission.”
Simply put, leukemia is a virulent cancer of a bone pith and blood; lymphoma is a name for a organisation of blood cancers that rise in a lymphatic system.
The Leukemia Lymphoma Society touts itself as a world’s largest nonprofit health classification dedicated to appropriation blood cancer research, providing studious services and lifting recognition about a diseases. When LLS was founded in 1949, cancers of a blood were roughly always fatal, according to a society’s website.
“Thanks in partial to innovative investigate saved by LLS, presence rates have doubled, tripled and even quadrupled for blood cancer patients,” a website says.
Last year, LLS invested $72 million to account 103 new grants to researchers in educational institutions and $8 million in contracts by a LLS Therapy Acceleration Program, a website said.
Holding fundraisers for nonprofits fighting illness is zero new for Lenners.
When a mall non-stop in 2008, it sole 500 tiles for $50 any to make a pinkish wall in a mall’s core court. The income lifted was donated to a American Cancer Society.
Last year, a multitude hold a Making Strides 5K travel during a mall, sketch about 2,000 participants.
Saturday’s march is one of 3 fundraising events Lenners has spearheaded. There also was final month’s Battle of a Bands during a mall and an Apr 1 golf contest to be hold during a circuitously Pebble Creek village off Bruce B. Downs Boulevard in Hillsborough County.
“I roughly feel guilty holding any credit” for a fundraising efforts, Lenners said. “It’s a teamwork and entrepreneurial (spirit) of a staff. The Battle of a Bands thought came from an bureau staff member; the selling manager pulled it off but a hitch. It unequivocally is about teamwork.”