Therafirm-Sponsored Marathoner Wins Santa Barbara Race

On November 7, 2015, 36-year-old Moninda Marube won the Santa Barbara Veteran’s Day Half Marathon in Santa Barbara, California for the fourth time with a time of one hour, eight minutes and 41 seconds.  The event was the culmination of Moninda’s 3,700-mile journey that began last July in Auburn, Maine.

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Moninda grew up in Kenya.  A lack of steady money and political violence contributed to a difficult life as a youth.  But, his talent for running allowed him a way out, and his journey landed him in the United States.

In the U.S., Moninda began training, but ran into financial difficulties.  To help out, he began training with other Kenyan runners under a manager.  It was with this manager that Moninda fell victim to human trafficking.  The manager would keep winnings from the races the Kenyans ran, leaving little for living expenses.  Moninda lived in a house infested with bedbugs with no air conditioning and very little food.  Finally in 2012, Moninda met Dan Campbell, the technical director of the Santa Barbara Half Marathon.  He ran the Marathon and broke the course record.  Campbell helped him get out of his situation and relocate to Auburn, Maine, where life is finally good.

Becoming involved with the Auburn, Maine Police Athletic/Activities League (PAL) and motivated to help others, he began The Moninda Movement to help bring awareness of human trafficking.  The Moninda Movement consisted of Moninda’s one-man goal of running 3,700 miles in four months and finishing with the Santa Barbara Veteran’s Day Half Marathon. This amounted to running roughly 30 miles per day, 6 days a week.

Early into his journey, The Moninda Movement gained two sponsors – Bedard Pharmacy and Medical Supplies located in central Maine, and Therafirm, a compression hosiery manufacturer based in Hamlet, North Carolina with corporate offices in Kansas City, Kansas.

Bedard Pharmacy and Medical Supplies has a long history of serving its local community.  As a small, family-owned and operated business headquartered in Auburn, Maine, they are a company that cares about their customers like family. Providing the community with the best quality medical supplies and equipment available is how they strive to inspire and empower individuals to take life’s challenges as they come, and to live life on their terms. They are also proud to be one of the last independent pharmacies in the state of Maine.

Moninda’s mission was a perfect fit for Therafirm.  The U.S. manufacturer produces true gradient compression socks and hosiery including a line of athletic compression socks and leg and arm sleeves.  Gradient compression in athletic socks and sleeves feature compression that is greatest at the ankle and gradually decreases toward the top of the stocking to help increase energy for endurance, better performance and reduces muscle fatigue and recovery times.  But, equally important, Therafirm, as well as parent company Knit-Rite, Inc., holds improving lives as its mission, not only in the products it makes, but also in the many causes it supports locally and beyond.

The co-sponsorship included Therafirm-branded compression socks and sleeves and Moninda’s athletic apparel.  Custom screen printing on Moninda’s apparel advertised The Moninda Movement’s message.  Bedard and Therafirm also donated a portion of the proceeds from retail sales of Therafirm’s athletic compression products over an eight-month period to Moninda’s foundation in support of ending human trafficking.

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Originally, The Moninda Movement’s 3,700 miles was to be a cross-country journey where Moninda would run from Auburn, Maine to Santa Barbara, California stopping in several cities along the way.  Unfortunately, the logistics of getting his team of supporters through each leg of the journey proved difficult and the cross-country run had to be scrapped.  Moninda did not let the setback discourage him from his goals, however.  He continued to run his 30 miles each day from his home in Auburn, Maine making sure he reached the 3,700 miles it would have taken him to run from Maine to California.

Moninda finished his 3,700 mile run in time to catch a flight to Santa Barbara to run in the Santa Barbara Veteran’s Day Half Marathon – a race that he won for the record-breaking 4th straight year.

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Summer Favorites to Keep your Legs Feeling Great!

Want to have your cake and eat it, too?  We all do, right?!  What if you could wear all the cutest fashions this summer without the swelling and tired, achy legs?  You can!  GOGO legwear can give you the best of both worlds as they are both fashionable AND functional, providing just a little bit of gradient compression to promote better blood flow, improving circulation and warding off tired, achy legs.

You’ll be “summer lovin’” all summer long when combining a pair of GOGO leggings in our everyday fashionable colors, like papyrus, with a cute and flowy tunic dress.  The leggings will keep your legs feeling great with increased circulation without adding any undue layers to make you feel too warm.  GOGO leggings are made of cool, breathable materials to help keep you cool.  Round out your “summer lovin’” outfit with an adorable hat, practical and comfortable leather sandals and a brightly colored bag.

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Coming right along with summer is everyone’s favorite patriotic holiday – 4th of July!  To add a patriotic kick to your summer sundresses, pull on a pair of GOGO Leggings in Navy.  Or to venture on the even lighter side, our Footless Tights are also available in Navy.  The bold navy color will really stand out against a beautiful, crisp white sundress.  Add a few red accents and you’ll be perfect in your patriotic ensemble for any 4th of July picnics, barbecues, parades or fireworks shows.  And at the end of the day, your legs will thank you!

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Memorial Day Facts

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Memorial Day is the unofficial start to summer.  The three-day weekend is chalk full of barbecues, parades, super sales and pool and water park openings.  But, what is it, truly, that we are celebrating?  Many people don’t know that the day is set aside for remembering and memorializing American servicemen and women that have been killed in American wars.  But, there is so much more to the story.  Here are several facts about Memorial Day you may not know:

  1. Civil War origins – The late spring remembrance to American war dead began in the aftermath of the Civil War. Originally called Decoration Day, it was an informal commemoration of the roughly 620,000 soldiers killed during the Civil War.
  2. Freed American slaves organized earliest commemorations – On May 1, 1865, black US soldiers, including the Massachusetts 54th Infantry, gathered in Charleston, South Carolina at a new burial for Union dead. They distributed flowers and sang hymns.
  3. Official holiday founded in May 1868 – General John A. Logan, who was commander of a Union veterans’ group called the Grand Army of the Republic, decreed that May 30 would become a nationwide day of commemoration.
  4. Did not become a federal holiday until 1971 – After General Logan decreed a national day in 1868, more than 27 states adopted some form of commemoration. By 1890, every state had adopted it, but the day still only recognized Civil War dead.  After our entry into World War I, the holiday was expanded to include those killed in all wars.  But it wasn’t until 1971, when the U.S. was 6 years deep into the Vietnam War, for Memorial Day became the federal holiday set aside on the last Monday of May that we know it as now.
  5. Many have lobbied for it to return to May 30 – Many Veterans groups that American do not use the day for its intended purpose, but instead associate it with the first long weekend of the summer. They argue that returning the commemoration back to May 30, regardless of the day of the week would return the significance to honoring war dead.
  6. Memorial Day traditions and practices – On Memorial Day, the American flag should be hung at half-staff until 12:00 noon, and then raised to the top. In 2000 Congress passed a resolution that suggested Americans should pause at 3:00 pm local time to offer a National Moment of Remembrance.
  7. Who is included in a Federal Holiday – A Federal holiday, like Memorial Day, technically only applies to Federal employees and those in the District of Columbia. However, many of the 11 federal holidays, Memorial Day included, are observed by all 50 states and many businesses.

This Memorial Day, as you’re having barbecues and parades, pause for a few moments to remember those American servicemen and women who made the ultimate sacrifice. Happy Memorial Day from our team and Knit-Rite and Therafirm.

Breast Cancer Awareness Month

 

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October is the month dedicated to Breast Cancer Awareness.  Soon, pink will be popping up everywhere, as people don everything from pink hats to gloves to boots, etc. in support of Breast Cancer Awareness.  In the interest of raising awareness, here are 31 facts about breast cancer, one for every day of the month of October.  We encourage you to read up!

  1. In the United States, more than 200,000 women are diagnosed with breast cancer each year and more than 40,000 die from it.
  2. One in eight American women will be diagnosed with breast cancer in her lifetime.
  3. Although not common, men can also get breast cancer. Less than 1% of cases occur in men.
  4. Breast cancer is the second leading cause of death among women.
  5. There are more than 2.9 million breast cancer survivors in the United States – the largest group of cancer survivors.
  6. A woman’s risk of breast cancer doubles if she has a mother, sister or daughter who has been diagnosed with breast cancer.
  7. Less than 15% of women who get breast cancer have a family member who has been diagnosed with it.
  8. About 5-10% of breast cancers are thought to be caused by inherited gene mutations (abnormal changes passed through families).
  9. The most significant risk factors for breast cancer are being a woman and growing older.
  10. White women have a slightly higher risk of breast cancer than African-American women, but it is more common among African-American women under the age of 45.
  11. African-American women are more likely to die at any age from breast cancer than other races.
  12. Women with a BRCA1 mutation have a 55-65% chance of developing breast cancer before the age of 70, often younger. Women with a BRCA2 mutation have a 45% risk.
  13. Early menstruation (before age 12) or late menopause (after age 55) can increase your risk for breast cancer.
  14. Having your first child at an older age, or never having given birth can increase your risk for breast cancer.
  15. Breast cancer accounts for 29% of newly diagnosed cancers.
  16. The risk of overweight women developing breast cancer after menopause is 1.5 times higher than in lean women. Obese women are at twice the risk of lean women.
  17. Only about 42% of women who undergo mastectomy choose to have reconstructive surgery.
  18. Eight out of ten breast lumps are discovered by women themselves. Becoming more familiar with your breast tissue and appearance will help you to notice changes that could occur.
  19. If you’ve been diagnosed with breast cancer, you’re up to four times more likely to develop a new cancer in the same breast or in the other breast.
  20. Breast cancer can begin in different areas of the breast – the ducts, the lobules, or in some cases, the tissue in between.
  21. Triple Negative Breast Cancer – a type of breast cancer that is more likely to affect younger people, African-Americans and Hispanics – is a cancer in which the three most common types of receptors known to fuel breast cancer growth are not present in the cancer tumor. Those three receptors are estrogen, progesterone and the HER-2 gene.
  22. Triple negative breast cancer can be more aggressive and difficult to treat than other forms of breast cancer. It is also more likely to spread and recur.
  23. Breast cancer survivors are at an increased risk of osteoporosis, because reduced estrogen levels can trigger bone loss.
  24. Exercise reduces breast cancer risk for women of all body types.
  25. The American Cancer Society recommends 150 minutes of moderate intensity exercise per week to manage risk of breast cancer.
  26. Research suggests breastfeeding for a year or more slightly reduces the overall risk of breast cancer – about a 4.3% reduction.
  27. Women of Ashkenazi Jewish heritage are at a higher risk of having BRCA mutations.
  28. In the 1970s, the lifetime risk of breast cancer was one in 11. Today it is one in eight.  This is due to longer life expectancy, more detection through screening, menopausal hormone usage, changes in reproductive patterns and increased prevalence of obesity.
  29. Breast cancer deaths have been declining since 1990 due to better screenings, increased awareness and new treatments.
  30. Mammograms help reduce the number of deaths by 30-40% among women ages 40-70 due to early detection.
  31. National Mammography Day is October 16 in the United States. Get checked!

This October, wear pink, raise awareness and get checked!

** Facts courtesy of City of Hope, dosomething.org, breastcancer.org, Centers for Disease Control, American Cancer Society, nationalbreastcancer.org.

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The Moninda Movement, One Man’s Cross Country Journey to End Human Trafficking

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Kenyan runner, Moninda Marube has a very big mission; one that will take him 3,700 miles across the United States . . . on foot . . . running.  His journey began on July 1st in Auburn, Maine and will conclude in November in Santa Barbara, California where he will compete in the Santa Barbara International Marathon.  But, Moninda isn’t just running to run.  He has a mission and it’s as big as his journey.

Moninda grew up in Kenya.  A lack of steady money and political violence contributed to a difficult life as a youth.  But, his talent for running allowed him a way out, and his journey landed him in the United States.

In the U.S., Moninda began training, but ran into financial difficulties.  To help out, he began training with other Kenyan runners under a manager.  It was with this manager that Moninda fell victim to human trafficking.  The manager would keep winnings from the races the Kenyans ran, leaving little for living expenses.  Moninda lived in a house infested with bedbugs with no air conditioning and very little food.  Finally in 2012, Moninda met Dan Campbell, the technical director of the Santa Barbara International Marathon.  He ran the Marathon and broke the course record.  Campbell helped him get out of his situation and relocate to Auburn, Maine, where life is finally good.

Becoming involved with the Auburn, Maine Police Athletic/Activities League (PAL) and motivated to help others, he began The Moninda Movement to help bring awareness of human trafficking.  The 4-month  journey kicked off in Auburn, Maine and includes an approximately 30-mile run 6 days a week.  Along the way, Moninda is speaking at PAL centers around the country to spread his message.

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The Moninda Movement and its mission soon attracted the attention of sponsors – Therafirm and parent company, Knit-Rite, Inc. and Bedard Pharmacy and Medical Supplies.

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Moninda’s mission was a perfect fit for Therafirm.  The U.S. manufacturer produces true gradient compression socks and hosiery including a line of athletic compression socks and leg and arm sleeves.  Gradient compression in athletic socks and sleeves feature compression that is greatest at the ankle and gradually decreases toward the top of the stocking to help increase energy for endurance, better performance and reduces muscle fatigue and recovery times.  But, equally important, Therafirm, as well as parent company Knit-Rite, Inc., holds improving lives as its mission, not only in the products it makes, but also in the many causes it supports locally and beyond.

Bedard Pharmacy and Medical Supplies is a small, family-owned and operated business headquartered in Auburn, Maine. Providing the community with the best quality medical supplies and equipment available is how they strive to inspire and empower individuals to take life’s challenges as they come, and to live life on their terms.

The co-sponsorship includes a cargo van that Moninda’s crew will use on the journey, as well as Therafirm-branded compression socks and sleeves and Moninda’s athletic apparel.  Custom decals on the van and screen printing on Moninda’s apparel will advertise The Moninda Movement’s message throughout his journey.  In addition to the above support, Therafirm and Bedard will donate a significant portion of proceeds from the retail sales of CoreSport, CoreSpun and Therafirm’s new sports compression line, launching September 1, 2015, to the Moninda Movement.  Sales through Bedard’s Auburn, Maine store and website, bedarddirect.com, between July 27, 2015 and March 31, 2016 will benefit Marube Moninda’s foundation.

Visit www.monindamovement.com to follow Moninda on his journey and www.bedarddirect.com to purchase Therafirm athletic compression products and support The Moninda Movement.

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Get These Great Colors Now . . . Before They’re Gone!

Did you miss these fun styles the first time around?  Or maybe you haven’t gotten around to putting together one of these sweet outfits.  Well now’s the time, friends!  We’re making room for our 2015 Spring/Summer colors, so the 2014 Fall/Winter colors have got to go!  We’ve discounted the prices, so pick up a few pairs while they’re still here.

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I’m looking out my window at three inches of snow, with more predicted this week, so there’s still plenty of time to wear your GOGO compression tights and leggings in one of our several Fall/Winter14 colors – silver, slate, mulberry and eggplant.  Gradient compression hosiery has often been recommended for use to help energize legs, provide relief for tired, achy legs and to help prevent swelling. And GOGO hosiery in these fashionable colors are great no matter the season.

As an added bonus, when you order online and your cart subtotal reaches $50, we’ll give you an extra 25% off any Discontinued Colors in your cart. Your legs will love feeling so great, and your pocketbook will appreciate the price!

Transitional Wardrobes

turn-the-cornerOn a budget after all the holiday spending? Or maybe you just love that summer dress? Make your summer wardrobe work for you even during the cold winter months. Pair your favorite floral patterned summer dress with a couple things to keep you warm. A black llama wool cardigan sweater and GOGO® by Therafirm brightly colored tights should do the trick. GOGO® tights offer a light gradient compression relieving tired, achy, swollen legs. Next, fit those legs into a pair of handmade brown leather riding boots and finish off the look with a knitted cashmere slouch beanie hat in coordinating colors. Voila! Your summer clothes are perfect all winter long and you’ll be dreaming of those warm summer days in no time!

 

now-and-laterWho said that silk dress is just for summer?! Don’t let that keep you down. Paired with the right accessories, your great find is perfect all year around. Accent this dress with a long alpaca knit blue cardigan and GOGO® by Therafirm tights in Slate blue. GOGO® tights offer a light gradient compression relieving tired, achy, swollen legs. Who wouldn’t want their legs feeling great, while looking great, too!? Round out the look with a red leather backpack bag and a pair of gold drop earrings. This perfect look to brighten up the dull winter days will have you ready to tackle whatever the day has in store!

 

Share your favorite ways to sneak spring/summer items into your winter looks!

2014 Summer Style Guide For Ladies On The “GO”

Not all of us have the luxury of being able to get our daily workout routine in during the workday, leaving our legs feeling tired and achy – sometimes even swollen.

When you wear GOGO by Therafirm gradient compression, you can sit or stand all day long (while even wearing heels) and your legs will feel energized, cool and dry all day long.

 

Check out some of the looks we’ve created This season’s style trends just go to show that a pop of color with the right accents can go a long way!

 

“Dare To Go Footless” – Give your ankles a break with light and breezy capri slacks complemented by mulberry, a tailored top and specks of gold in all the right places!

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“Sparingly Neon” – Summer is all about flecks of neon bright colors, which add just the right amount of pop when paired with neutrals.

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“Fancy & Fierce” – Busy skirt patterns look sophisticated and edgy when worn with a solid, bright color top and the right shoes.

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“Nothing Wrong with Neutrals” – Create the illusion of a tiny waist with a fitted top and belt to match.

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