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Northwestern Mutual awards $10,000 grant to Brodyn’s Friends Foundation

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Northwestern Mutual awards $10,000 grant to Brodyn’s Friends Foundation
Heidi Leslie and her son, Brodyn, pose with a $10,000 grant to Brodyn's Friends Foundation. The honor is a result of Leslie being named a Community Service Award recipient from the Northwestern Mutual Foundation.

Volunteers help better their communities by donating their time and talents to improving the lives of others. In the spirit of volunteerism, Northwestern Mutual, through its Foundation, is recognizing Heidi Leslie for her work with Brodyn’s Friends Foundation as part of the company’s 19th annual Community Service Program. Leslie is an associate financial representative at Northwestern Mutual Northern Ohio – Akron.

The award recognizes Northwestern Mutual financial professionals that demonstrate exemplary service with a local nonprofit. In addition, the award secures a $10,000 grant for the nonprofit the representative supports.

Leslie founded the nonprofit in 2009 after her son, Brodyn, was diagnosed with the rare incurable metabolic disorder, Nonketotic Hyperglycinemia (NKH).

“Brodyn’s Friends Foundation represents hope for us and for all the children affected with NKH,” said Leslie. “I want to make sure that we do everything possible to give these children every opportunity to survive and thrive, and for them to know that people care.”

The organization will use the grant to support its mission of finding a cure for NKH by funding researchers who specialize in this illness.

“If actions speak louder than words, then Heidi is definitely a shining star,” said John Kordsmeier, president, Northwestern Mutual Foundation. “Her volunteerism serves as an inspiration for all of us to share our passions with the hope of bettering the lives of others. Northwestern Mutual commends Heidi on being a model citizen and example to all of us.”

The Community Service Program honors 25 financial professionals throughout the country who consistently work as exceptional volunteers in their communities. Since 1995, the company has donated more than $3 million to nonprofits on behalf of its representatives.

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