An Inspiring Tale Of Survival

Like any other group of people, the employees at Abt go through their share of joys and sorrows, triumphs and tragedies, and every other human emotion and experience that affect a person’s life. One particular Abt employee and his family have recently gone through an especially difficult period, but fortunately they have pulled through and are looking forward to much better times ahead.

Tony Cullotta, who has worked at Abt for 24 years, and his wife, Jeanne, found out in 2004 that Jeanne had late-stage ovarian cancer. As if that weren’t enough of a burden to bear for the parents of four young children, Tony was diagnosed with kidney cancer while Jeanne was undergoing chemotherapy treatments at the Mayo Clinic in Minnesota.

Tony and Jeanne Cullotta with their children
(Credit: Kenosha News/Kevin Poirier)

Although Tony had used up his paid time off while tending to matters related to Jeanne’s illness, the Abt family gave Tony more paid leave of absence and other help while he took care of his own illness. Abt employees also donated some of their own paid time off to Tony, and a fundraiser / battle of the bands was held at a local pub to support Tony and Jeanne. The good new is that Tony’s cancer was limited to just a portion of one kidney, which was successfully removed, and Jeanne’s chemotherapy produced good results.

The family lives in Kenosha, Wisconsin, and on April 25, Tony and Jeanne will serve as honorary co-chairs of the American Cancer Society’s 21st annual Run/Walk for the Cure in Pleasant Prairie, Wisconsin. The event raises funds for cancer research, and if you’d like to participate or make a donation, call (262) 764-9324.

Everybody at Abt extends their best wishes for Tony and Jeanne’s continued recovery and the health of their entire family.    —by Graham W.

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