Brian Spears signed up for the sick leave bank shortly after joining the UT Institute for Public Service, thinking it would be a useful asset during flu season.
In 1999, Brian learned first-hand about the benefits the bank has to offer when he was diagnosed with a serious illness.
Brian began the long road of treatment and ended up receiving several months from the sick leave bank. Eight years later, Brian's illness reoccurred and he was able to call upon the bank again.
"I ended up using the sick leave bank for about five months, he said. "I initially joined to use it during flu season, but it's been very beneficial. I'm glad that I signed up for it."