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It is four days after the Relay for Life in West Bend, an overnight fund-raising walk for the American Cancer Society, and Cherie Christian is sick. Not sick-as-a-dog sick, and certainly not cancer sick, but a bit of a cold with lots of stuffiness kind of sick.
Even so, she is cheerful in reporting the event’s events and appears to almost have been expecting a bug to set in. You see, Cherie’s involvement with Relay was, umm, shall we say, significant and months in the making; eventually, you figure something’s gotta give. The ailment from which she suffers is Classic Overachiever Aftermath, the body’s way of requesting a little downtime and a bit of TLC after a terrific accomplishment.
Employees get involved
Now in her fourth year of volunteering with the organization, Cherie, the Accounting Manager at Discount Ramps, wears no less than three leadership “hats” for the annual fundraiser. For this year’s circus-themed “Relay Under the Big Top,” Cherie served as Tri-Chair, partnering with two others in the overall administration of other committee leaders for the event; Survivor Chair, organizing the Survivor’s Tent and its related activities; and Team Captain of the Shining Stars, one of 29 teams and 255 participants for this year’s outing.
Cherie was joined by Peggy Leasum, Discount Ramps Customer Service Manager, who figures she logged about 20 laps on the Badger Middle School track, where the 14-hour event was held. This was Peggy’s eighth year of participation in Relay for Life, having started with another group before teaming up with Cherie. For next year’s event, which will be the Relay’s 20th anniversary and celebrated with a birthday theme, Peggy plans to take over the role as Team Captain for the Shining Stars. And with her own family touched by the difficulties of cancer, it is an organization close to her own heart.
Relay is making a difference
While Cherie is fortunate enough to not have direct, close ties to anyone facing cancer, her passion for the good that results from Relay for Life is just as powerful. She points out that since the early 90’s, cancer death rates in the United States have dropped by 20 percent and reminds people that the event is for the survivors as a celebration of another year victorious, a remembrance of those who were lost and a re-dedication to continue battling. In fact, she mentions, two out of three people diagnosed with cancer today are surviving, which means that more than 400 people in the U.S. every day are celebrating yet another birthday. Not too shabby.
This year’s fund-raiser included the usual camp sites of the participating teams, an emotional, victorious survivors lap to kick things off, a brilliant luminaria ceremony after sunset and special activities like a Zumba workout and an appearance by part of the University of Wisconsin Marching Band. It is open to the community, and even if you don’t have a team to walk with, drop-ins are encouraged to stop and check out the fun.
So far, the 2013 Relay for Life of West Bend has raised close to $80k and is accepting donations through the end of August. Funds are kept local whenever possible and provide assistance to patients with needs like transportation to treatments, lodging for families while a patient receives care and, of course, research.
Congratulations, Cherie and Peggy, on a job well done. See you on the track next year!
Whether you are a motocross or ATV enthusiast who’s hauling machines to the trail every weekend, the ever-vigilant adult child of an aging parent who needs a hand getting the yard mowed or snow removed from the driveway, or THE guy with the pickup truck – suddenly everyone’s best friend – that gets asked to help move refrigerators and entertainment centers, a good set of ratchet straps can be one of the handiest tools in your jack-of-all-trades arsenal. With proper care and a minimum of effort (promise!), a well-made strap tie down should provide you a lifetime of dependable use.
Here are a few tips to help you get the longest use from your tie straps:
1. Store your strap tie downs out of the sun. Over time, ultraviolet light can make nylon and polyester fibers brittle, causing them to discolor, break down and potentially lose strength.
2. If a tie down strap gets wet or damp while in use, let it dry thoroughly before storing to prevent mildewing.
3. On a ratchet strap, remove the strap itself from the ratchet hardware between uses. Not doing so can eventually cause the strap to become wrapped too thick around the ratchet spindle, causing you to be unable to use the release mechanism or, worse yet, to bunch up within the teeth of the ratchet. In either case, you’d be forced to cut the strap in order to free it. And that would be a bummer!
4. Wrap the cargo tie down webbing around the ratchet as you remove it after use to prevent it from coming in contact with the ground, then hold it together with a rubber band or, better yet, a Velcro strap. A carrying bag of some sort to keep all your ratchet straps together in one place is a good idea, too.
5. Apply lubricating oil on the moving parts of the ratchet. WD-40 works nicely, but take care to not get the lubricant on the webbing, as this will attract dirt and eventually cause the strap to bind. Otherwise, a dry silicone spray will do the trick.
6. Inspect the tie down straps after each use! Be on the lookout for frayed fibers where they secured their cargo across a sharp edge. Better yet, use some of the handy rubber corner protectors that are available to guard against these wear points; they are inexpensive and easy to use by simply threading through the webbing.
Taking a few extra seconds to make sure your tie down straps are clean, dry and wearing normally with each use will improve a strap’s longevity. What steps do you take to ensure your ratchet tie down straps last their longest?
My name is Johnny and I am a member of the shipping/receiving team for Discount Ramps.Com. I have been a part of Discount Ramps.Com from the very beginning in September 2004. Our company has come a long way since that time. We have since moved to a new main location, built two warehouses and rented out three other warehouses to store product. Discount Ramps.Com is a rapidly growing company and I am ecstatic to be a part of this company. My favorite line of products is the skateboard ramps which are a newer item for our company. In my free time I enjoy skateboarding, and these ramps are a quality product sold at a great price. I look forward to my future with Discount Ramps.Com as we continue to grow every year. Thank you for your time and check our blog frequently to see our new products!
I am Chad and I am part of the warehouse team. My primary responsibility is overseeing returns and transporting product from our other warehouses to our main location. I started with Discount Ramps.Com in February 2010 and have greatly enjoyed working for this growing company. My favorite line of products that we sell is the Heavy Duty Ramps. They are American Made products, which helps keep jobs in America and manufactured at a local warehouse. Being a part of Discount Ramps.Com has provided me with the opportunity to work with an exceptional group of people. Thank you for visiting our blog and please check back frequently to see what’s new with Discount Ramps.Com.