From anguish came inspiration. Gulf Coast High School senior Hailey Mathieu’s mother was near death when a doctor’s meticulous search uncovered the cause of her affliction, setting her on the path to recovery. The experience led Mathieu to dedicate herself to serving others, and her charitable endeavors prompted Associates and Bruce L. Scheiner, Attorneys for the Injured to name her the $1,250 grand prize winner at the firm’s Make a Difference Awards ceremony on April 28 at The Forest Country Club.
The firm founded the awards more than 20 years ago to recognize middle and high school students in Southwest Florida who perform outstanding community service. Winners were invited to a reception featuring the Hon. Circuit Judge Robert Branning, who spoke on service above self.
“What Hailey has accomplished for people in need is absolutely amazing, and I am thrilled to see her pursue her dream of becoming a doctor and providing even more profoundly impactful assistance,” Trial Attorney P.J. Scheiner said. “Students like her are doing amazing work here in Southwest Florida, and they deserve to be recognized.”
After her mother’s doctor made his discovery, Mathieu worked at a camp for children with special needs, sparking her desire to advocate for special-needs children as a developmental-behavioral pediatrician. She’s spent over 380 hours volunteering hands-on in the medical field through the VolunTeen Program at Naples Community Hospital. She also founded a Red Cross Club at school and fostered a partnership between the American Red Cross and NCH to teach water safety to children.
Associates and Bruce L. Scheiner awarded $250 to 15 other high schoolers and $100 to seven middle schoolers, all in honor of their extraordinary volunteer efforts and engagement in community projects that make a difference in the lives of others. Mathieu and the following students are this year’s prize winners:
— Carsyn Baxter, Cape Coral High
— Olivia Bond, Cypress Middle
— Faith Brownlee, Bonita Springs Middle
— Brendan Chavarria, Punta Gorda Middle
— Camryn Curry, Clewiston High
— Abigail Fletcher, North Fort Myers High
— Zehta Glover, Lemon Bay High
— Jillian Gorra, Ida Baker High
— Barbara Habas, Murdock Middle
— Tyler Hughes, Barron Collier High
— Jill Kinstler, Naples High
— Stephanie Leiva, LaBelle High
— Sarah Laws, Mariner High
— Yavnielle Murphy, Dunbar High
— Autumn Rhodes, Dunbar Middle
— Sharon Saint-Surin, Manatee Middle
— Alexa Scaichunes, Sunlake High
— Kenny Scribner, Charlotte High
— Sarah Shelley, East Naples Middle
— Christopher Smith, South Fort Myers High
— Kalei Sutton, Clewiston Christian High
— Alyssa Toth, Port Charlotte High
Associates and Bruce L. Scheiner, Attorneys for the Injured, was founded in 1971 by Bruce L. Scheiner and his wife, Cheryl Scheiner. Both continue to work alongside their son, P.J. Scheiner, who joined the firm as a trial attorney in 2007.
Today, Bruce and P.J. work side by side in the negotiating room and the courtroom, where they fight to secure full and fair restitution for each and every client they have the privilege of representing. Bruce Scheiner still hand selects each case the firm accepts, personally assembles the team best able to see the case through to settlement or trial, and oversees every case from intake to resolution.
Associates and Bruce L. Scheiner, Attorneys for the Injured, has the knowledge, experience and resources to handle all types of personal injury and wrongful death claims for clients across the state of Florida, including trucking accidents, boating accidents, airplane accidents, nursing home neglect and abuse, construction accidents, defective product claims, premise liability claims and injuries to children.
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