Gerdau employees support childhood cancer research


Knoxville steel recycler Gerdau employees participated, along with family members and friends, in the Butterfly Fund of East Tennessee 5K held at Sequoyah Hills Park.

Gerdau employees taking part in the Aug. 20 race included Daniel da Rosa, Kirk Fredrickson, Jamie Gass, Jeremy Guy, Chip Keim, Chris Kimble, Jena Kreuzer, Brittney Parker, Charlie Wallin and Bill White. The Gerdau team raised more than $800.

The Butterfly Fund of East Tennessee Foundation was established by the families of Emily Barger and Maddie Harrill, two young girls who died from a rare form of childhood cancer just weeks apart in the summer of 2008. In addition to the 5K, the foundation holds a number of events to support research, treatment and services dedicated to defeating childhood cancers.

To date, The Butterfly Fund has donated $215,000 to East Tennessee Children’s Hospital and $20,000 to CureSearch for Children’s Cancer, a national nonprofit foundation that accelerates the search for cures for children’s cancer by driving innovation, transcending research barriers and solving the field’s most challenging problems.

Employees from steel recycler Gerdau along with family members and friends stop for a photo before participating in the Butterfly Fund of East Tennessee 5K on Aug. 20 in Knoxville's Sequoyah Hills neighborhood. Employees participating included Daniel da Rosa, Kirk Fredrickson, Jamie Gass, Jeremy Guy, Chip Keim, Chris Kimble, Jena Kreuzer, Brittney Parker, Charlie Wallin and Bill White.

Employees from steel recycler Gerdau along with family members and friends stop for a photo before participating in the Butterfly Fund of East Tennessee 5K on Aug. 20 in Knoxville’s Sequoyah Hills neighborhood. Employees participating included Daniel da Rosa, Kirk Fredrickson, Jamie Gass, Jeremy Guy, Chip Keim, Chris Kimble, Jena Kreuzer, Brittney Parker, Charlie Wallin and Bill White.

Gerdau has a robust social responsibility program that focuses on providing community support in the locations where it operates.

About Gerdau

Gerdau is a leading producer of long steel in the Americas and one of the largest suppliers of special steel in the world. It has industrial operations in 13 countries – in the Americas, Europe and Asia – which together represent an installed capacity of more than 25 million metric tons of steel per year. It is the largest recycler in Latin America and around the world it transforms, each year, millions of metric tons of scrap into steel, reinforcing its commitment to sustainable development in the regions where it operates. With more than 140,000 shareholders, the Company is listed on the stock exchanges of São Paulo, New York and Madrid.

In 2016, Gerdau won the Knoxville Chamber Impact Award in recognition of its broad community support of its Lonsdale neighbors.

For more information, visit http://www.gerdau.com.