At SPC, the People are the Difference

At SPC, the people are the difference.

Meet Dave Newman,  Fresh Production Supervisor in our Sitka plant. Dave really embodies that Alaska spirit and sense of humor. Every year since he was 10 years old, Dave has dressed up as a werewolf for Halloween. And what a terrifying werewolf he can be! At his house, he plays scary music with screaming noises and he has a cleaver with which he chops up body parts (hopefully they’re just fish). Kids, even the older teenagers, are known to run away when they see his shadow in the window.

But Dave’s unique work comes with St. Baldrick’s Foundation, an organization that works to solve the problem of childhood cancer. Dave puts on his werewolf costume, and says: “If you think this monster is bad, try a real monster that kills thousands of kids every year. Cancer.” It’s a great reminder that 1 in 285 children will be diagnosed with cancer before they turn 20. Because of research that St. Baldrick’s and other organizations support, some 90% of children diagnosed with cancer will survive, whereas 50 years just about all of them wouldn’t have.

Dave also has shaved his hair for Locks of Love, an organization that provides hairpieces to disadvantaged children with cancer. His hair is too gray now to donate to Locks of Love, but his werewolf spirit is still there.

Dave came to SPC with long hair down his back and a beard that hung low, so it’s great that he’s been so generous with all that hair.

We love the work that Dave does for SPC, but his work with St. Baldrick’s and Locks of Love might be even more important.