Matthew Fleeger is the president, director and CEO of Gulf Coast Western, and has been in this role since returning to the company in 2009. Fleeger is a natural philanthropist and leader, but he recently met his match in a young leader and educator who founded her own foundation at age seven. She has also survived childhood cancer.
Who Is Sadie Keller?
Sadie Keller, currently a 10-year-old fifth-grader and survivor of Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia, is the powerful force and inspiration behind the philanthropic mission of the Sadie Keller Foundation.
Diagnosed at the age of seven, Sadie spent almost three years enduring a series of infections, blood transfusions, and rare, complex side effects while battling this challenging and life-threatening disease. During this period, she received weekly chemotherapy treatments, totally missing out on 2nd and 3rd grade at school, and essentially missing out on the fun of just being a normal and healthy kid. Sadie received her last chemotherapy treatment on May 26, 2017.
Matt Fleeger’s Contribution
Fleeger raised $14,000 for Sadie’s foundation. He’s a leader in the oil and gas and medical waste fields with a penchant for funding children’s causes.
Fleeger’s other nonprofit philanthropies include the Fleeger Family Kitchen in Dallas. The CEO advocates STEM-based learning for students. The money raised for the Sadie Keller Foundation buys gift packs for kids and families that deal with childhood cancer on a daily basis. Organizations like Sadie’s ease the burden of children who need all the support and love they can get.
Fleeger began his career in the oil industry, working for Gulf Coast Western in the 1980s. He founded three other businesses before returning to Gulf Coast Western to take the helm.