Butters — Emerging Hero
You could say that Butters Maxwell Marshall’s first four years on Earth with Evan and Allison Marshall have been interesting. In 2015 Butters saved Evan’s life. Evan was injured during a baseball game when a 105 mile-per-hour line-drive hit him in the temple, causing a skull fracture and brain bleed. Immediately following emergency brain surgery, Evan was in danger of slipping into a coma. Nothing the medical staff did could revive him. Out of desperation, Allison brought Butters to the hospital. When Butters arrived at Evan’s bedside, he put a paw on his dad’s chest and demanded that Evan wake up. And, wake up Evan did. Butters stayed in the hospital with Evan throughout his recovery. Butters brought joy and comfort to so many during his unplanned hospital stay that he is now a canine advocate for pet therapy in hospitals. Butters also works hard to help others going through neuro-rehabilitation keep their pets through the Butters Fund. The fund assists survivors of concussion, TBI, stroke, brain tumor, and spinal cord injury stay together with their pets or service animal. In 2017, Butters helped 15 survivors, including three veterans, keep or maintain their pets after an accident, illness, or injury changed life in an instant. The Butters Fund also launched a series of free neuro-health workshops for animal shelters throughout Arizona, bringing music therapy, compassion fatigue training, and neuroplasticity sessions to animal welfare workers and volunteers.