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Friday, July 25, 2014

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The fight against multiple sclerosis got some help from coatings industry publisher Technology Publishing Co. last weekend when employees and friends biked 150 miles to raise nearly $9,000.

Technology Publishing Co. (TPC) publishes JPCL: Journal of Protective Coatings and Linings, PaintSquare News, Durability + Design magazine, D+D News, JPCL Europe and Paint BidTracker.

Team TPC participated in Bike MS: Keystone Country Ride 2014 over July 19 and 20. The bike ride, sponsored by the National MS Society, covered 150 miles from Hollidaysburg, PA, to State College, PA, and back.

Fighting MS

The National Multiple Sclerosis Society aims to advance MS research and to reach out to, and advocate for, those affected by the disease

Team TPC
Photos: Technology Publishing Co.

Team TPC has raised $8,915 in donations for MS research and support programs. Donate here through Aug. 22. Front row, from left: Josiah Lockley, TPC president Peter Mitchel, and Michele Lackey. Back row, from left: Tom Berna, Tricia Chicka, Will Dodds, and Andy Folmer.

MS is an unpredictable, often disabling, disease of the central nervous system that interrupts the flow of information within the brain, and between the brain and body. About 400,000 Americans and 2.3 million individuals worldwide have been diagnosed with the disease, according to national and international MS organizations.

The U.S. estimate has more than tripled since the early 1980s, according to the National MS Society.

Meet Team TPC

For its first year in the event, Team TPC (Technology Publishing Company) was led by captains Andy Folmer and Tricia Chicka, who both rode in the event as individuals last year.

The team's other riders included employees Michele Lackey, Josiah Lockley and WIll Dodds, and friends Gina Fleitman, Ken Fisher, and Tom Berna.

Bike MS is a personal cause for TPC; the team rode for coworkers who are living with MS.

TPC president Peter Mitchel puts a medal on one of the Bike MS participants.

Team TPC trained almost every Saturday from May until the event.

Donations Still Sought

As of July 22, Team TPC had raised $8,915 in donations for MS research and support programs.

Online donations are still being accepted. Donations may be made through Aug. 22 on the team page.

   

Tagged categories: Coatings Technology; Donations; Health and safety; Technology Publishing Co.

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