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Teva’s Northeast Pain Care Team brings fun to kids
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05/11/2015

Sometimes you never know where you’ll find the path to help make people’s lives better. In March, Sherri May from the Northeast Pain Care team learned about Teva’s 2015 Community Partners, and was inspired to gather her team to make a difference. Sherri chose our partner Only Make Believe, which is a non-profit organization that creates and performs interactive theatre for children in hospitals and care facilities.

Sherri says, “It was an activity that the Northeast Pain Care team could do together. As you know, most sales teams are spread across a large geography which makes coming together as a team difficult. I thought by participating together in a program like Only Make Believe would not only lift up the children that the charity served, but would also lift us up individually and as a team.”

Sherri’s manager, John Harold, reports, “She called me in March, full of excitement, to talk about getting involved and as soon as I gave her the “thumbs up,” she went to work. Thanks to Sherri's hard work, along with an awesome group of sales reps that wanted to help out, we had 9 people in attendance—8 of 9 reps in the Northeast Region and myself.”

The Northeast Pain Care team visited the Bronx Lebanon Child Study Center in early May, where children come to the outpatient center for individual, group and family therapy or cognitive behavioral therapy, art and play therapy, as well as medication management. Sherri says, “The children were so excited as they entered the room and realized that there was a fun time awaiting. It was great to see my manager and team members enjoying themselves as they helped the children pick out the perfect costume. Everyone from the team had a smile on their face as we watched the children participate and dance.”

After the program, many of the Pain Care team members shared how much they enjoyed the experience.

Jim Henning says, “My sister reminded me of when I was eleven and had my first brain tumor removal, which was my worst. After the surgery, I had a shunt inserted on the upper left side of my brain to relieve the hydrocephalus build up. Well, something went really wrong and I contracted spinal meningitis so I was back in intensive care. After a few weeks, my fever broke. I was in the hospital for months. I was completely disoriented; I had to work real hard just to sit up in bed, re-learn how to talk, to see and to walk again. So, as you can understand, I was incredibly down and felt that everything in my life had been taken away from me. Each Sunday, a small theater group would perform for the children with traumatic brain injury (TBI). As the weeks grew into months, I looked forward to Sunday afternoons. It kept me going when I thought didn't have anything else. After I told my sister, Kerry, about yesterday, she said ‘Life goes full circle...we just need to take the time to appreciate where we are in it!’”