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Employees’ experiences with the disease and connection to users of SCA’s TENA® incontinence products drive fundraising efforts and participation in walk
BOWLING GREEN, Ky., Sept. 20, 2012 — For the past two months, six employee teams at the SCA personal care manufacturing facility in Bowling Green have been competing against each other to raise the most funds for Alzheimer’s care, support and research to augment the company’s sponsorship of the Walk to End Alzheimer’s on Sept. 22, 2012. The teams raised a total of $5,000 through their efforts.
“Several of our employees have family members suffering from Alzheimer’s, and they spend time in nursing homes or assisted living facilities,” said Janet Stephens, site manager at the SCA Bowling Green facility. “At our facility, we manufacture TENA® incontinence products that provide quality solutions for improving care for nursing home residents, and we are especially mindful of the struggles associated with Alzheimer’s,” Stephens added. “We are proud to have had all of our employees in Bowling Green involved in our fundraising efforts for the Walk to End Alzheimer’s.”
For SCA quality leader Virginia Ellis, Alzheimer’s is a disease she is all too familiar with because her mother suffered from it. She shared her story with her co-workers in Bowling Green to encourage them to walk, make a donation and to participate in the fundraising activities at the plant.
“The signs were slow,” said Ellis whose mother was a registered nurse for more than 46 years before developing Alzheimer’s. “She would repeat herself or lose her train of thought. We just chalked it up to old age, but it got worse.
“The last two years of her life, she did not know who I was,” Ellis said. “She always enjoyed talking with me, but I was just someone who came by to see her. She had no memories of being married and having children and grandchildren. This is a horrible disease for both the person who has it and the ones who love them the most.”
Janet Stephens, site manager at SCA’s Bowling Green facility, takes a pie in the face from the company’s highest bidder, Greg Coyle, to raise money for the Walk to End Alzheimer’s on Sept. 22.
SCA is a bronze-level sponsor of the Walk and has a team of employees who will be walking on Sept. 22, at 10 a.m., at Preston Park in Bowling Green. The plant hosted a silent auction and several fundraising cookouts for all employees. In addition, six teams competitively fundraised against each other with activities such as selling ice cream and “in memory of” signs, and bids for a chance to throw a cream pie at Site Manager Janet Stephens.
The efforts by the SCA employees to support the Walk to End Alzheimer’s complement ongoing relationships the employees have with several of the local nursing homes. The company’s community activity team organizes visits to five nursing/adult homes throughout the year and special events such as summer luau and Christmas parties.
SCA has 180 employees at its personal care manufacturing facility in Bowling Green. In addition to Kentucky, SCA has U.S. operations in Alabama, Arizona, New York, Pennsylvania and Wisconsin.
About SCA in North America
SCA employs nearly 3,000 in North America, between its headquarters in Philadelphia and 11 manufacturing sites and offices throughout the U.S. and Canada. Across the continent SCA produces Tork® tissues, napkins, towels, specialty wipers, dispensers and soap used in commercial settings such as restaurants, office buildings, schools and healthcare facilities. Tork products are made from 100-percent recycled content and the company uses more than 750,000 tons of recycled paper a year. SCA is also the manufacturer of the TENA® line of personal care products for light, moderate and heavy incontinence. TENA products are available across North America at food and drug retailers and are sold to institutions and caregivers as part of quality, individualized continence care programs.
SCA is a global hygiene and forest company that develops and produces personal care products, tissue, publication papers and solid-wood products. Sales are conducted in some 100 countries. SCA has many well-known brands, including the global brands TENA and Tork. Sales in 2011 amounted to $16.5 billion. SCA has approximately 37,000 employees. More information at www.sca.com.
TENA® and Tork® are registered trademarks of SCA Hygiene Products.
Tork is a brand of SCA, Svenska Cellulosa Aktiebolaget. SCA offers personal care products, tissue, packaging, publication papers and solid-wood products in more than 90 countries. For more information, visit www.sca.com
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