Plant raises money for Breast Cancer FoundationBy Stephen Dawkins Published 4:55pm Friday, October 25, 2013
An effort at KMA to raise money for the National Breast Cancer Foundation became personal after one of the plant’s employees was diagnosed with the disease.
KMA employee Samantha Travers came up with an idea for a fundraiser.
“I’m a huge supporter,” said Travers, who has been at KMA for about seven years. “I said to myself, ‘We’re such a huge company and we’re all a family, we can donate more money.
A technology specialist at the plant designed T-shirts that would be offered to employees, said Mary Wallace, human resources manager at KMA.
The T-shirts read, “Joining the Fight,” and were available in both pink and black with pink lettering.
The shirts cost $6 each to produce, and employees bought the shirts for $15. With more than 300 shirts sold, the plant raised more than $2,000 for the National Breast Cancer Foundation, Wallace said.
The number of shirts sold is remarkable considering there are 241 workers at the plant.
“We’re showing we care by wearing these T-shirts,” Travers said. “Everybody is affected by this.”
The effort became urgent when KMA associate Mona Ungerer was recently diagnosed with breast cancer and underwent surgery on Oct. 14.
“It took on a personal meaning for us,” Wallace said.