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Creating a culture of support

February 6, 2017

There were reasons to celebrate last Tuesday at Western Land Services.

Heather Kinnunen had her final cancer treatment a day prior, then on Tuesday more than 50 of her co-workers wore orange ribbon pins, shirts or safety vests — the color for leukemia awareness — in support of Kinnunen, who was diagnosed last May with leukemia.

Kinnunen no longer has chemotherapy treatment and is in remission.

“My co-workers, this company, and the local oncology unit here in Ludington are truly inspirational,” said Kinnunen, geographic informations systems manager at Western Land. “My fight has been a long one, but every day, this team has encouraged me to push through. Today was a celebration of this long journey that WLS has endured alongside me since last May — from diagnosis, to hospitalization, to transitioning back to work while undergoing treatment, and to ultimately remission, there has been relentless support.

“Not in only in our Ludington office, but beyond these walls. I cannot say enough about this company and this family I have grown to be a part of these last six years. I think the orange balloons, clothing, ribbons to support leukemia awareness … says it all.”

Read the full story in Monday’s print and e-edition of the Ludington Daily News.