Debut of the Mary Ann Bag Line of Passchal Luxury Bags Benefits Tuberous Sclerosis Complex

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May is Tuberous Sclerosis Awareness month and to coincide with this, Passchal has partnered with Mary Ann Scroggins in designing a new line of bags to benefit the Tuberous Sclerosis Alliance and cure Tuberous Sclerosis Complex. Passchal is an eco-friendly company that uses recycled inner tubes from tractor tires, to create luxury handbags and accessories.

What do Passchal’s eco-friendly luxury line of handbags and The TS Alliance have in common? The answer is Mary Ann.

In September of 2009, Mary Ann was in an automobile accident and suffered a concussion. Diagnostic testing noted something suspicious, and additional testing confirmed the diagnosis of TSC. Instead of focusing on the negative aspects of being diagnosed with TSC, this vibrant, beautiful and talented young woman focused her energy on awareness of this disease and a way to help fund a cure.

Last year, Mary Ann and her family hosted a Wine Dinner that raised over $14,000.00 for the TS Alliance. The 2nd Annual Wine Dinner to benefit the TS Alliance in honor of Mary Ann will be held on May 18, 2011 in Kenosha, Wisconsin.

As a freshman art major at Illinois State University, Mary Ann channeled her talents to design a line of handbags in partnership with Passchal. Passchal is a premier company that uses recycled inner tubes from tractor tires, to create luxury handbags and accessories. Passchal Bags are each one-of-a-kind due to the nature of markings on the inner tubes themselves and are the perfect media to be paired with soft supple leather, quality hardware, internal LED lighting, and are made using an eco-friendly process.

The TS Alliance is the advocacy and support organization that provides information about TSC, research on its genetics and treatment, and support for patients. So then the next question that comes to mind is what is TSC? Tuberous Sclerosis Complex is a genetic disease that affects individuals differently but is the leading genetic cause of both autism and epilepsy and causes tumors to form in the vital organs such as brain, heart, kidneys, eyes, lungs and skin. The TS Alliance’s mission is to ultimately find a cure for TSC, while improving the lives of those affected. Every dollar spent finding a cure for TSC can also bring about quantum leaps forward in the cures for autism epilepsy and cancer—which are diseases that touch most everyone all of us know and love.

This new line of bags is making its debut in May, which is National TSC Awareness month. The first bag in the series is aptly named the “Mary Ann”. The interior of every bag in the Mary Ann line is made with rich blue micro-fiber suede, as blue is the color used for TSC awareness. Ten percent of all Mary Ann bag sales will directly benefit the TS Alliance. Your opportunity to help raise awareness and fund research for this far reaching disease in style is here! So while you are sporting your “Mary Ann” and someone stops you to ask, “Where did you get that bag?” you’ll have quite a story to tell!

Waukegan Tire & Supply Co., Inc.
3444 W. Washington Street
Park City, IL 60085
Phone: (847) 336-5305

High resolution photography available on request

Julie Scroggins 847-782-6603 Fax: 847-249-3959
Email: Julie(at)waukegantire(dot)com


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