LAWRENCEVILLE, N.J.— Dina Richman, pest product development manager for FMC Professional Solutions, will join the Phil Across America team for the first leg of the journey — a 60-mile trip from Yorktown, Va, to Glendale, Va. — to help raise awareness of Multiple Sclerosis (MS).
Phil Across America is an off-shoot of Bike the US for MS Team where Phil Cooper, president and CEO of Cooper Pest Solutions and BedBug Central, and the Bike the US for MS team will cycle 3,780 miles in 60 days through the United States to raise awareness and funds for Multiple Sclerosis.
FMC is a Gold Level sponsor of the ride and will be the sole sponsor of the first and last legs of Phil’s journey across the country.
A competitive cyclist who once ranked third in the Southeastern Collegiate Conference, Richman eagerly volunteered to make the first leg of the trip. The cause has a special significance for her. Richman’s father and a good friend both have MS, so she has seen the effects of the disease firsthand.
“I wanted to support this worthy cause,” said Richman. “But I also wanted to support my good friend Phil and my company, FMC Professional Solutions. I ride my bike to work every day weather permits and I make a 45 - 50-mile ride each weekend I can. I think I’m ready for the trip!”
Cooper is encouraging his colleagues in the pest management industry to support his journey by either donating or by participating in the ride itself. Richman is bringing her own bike but others joining the ride for a portion will take advantage of “Just Bring Yourself” method which provides riders with all of the essentials to ride cross country including a bike, tent, air mattress, and food. Riders who participate in the “Just Bring Yourself” method only have to provide biking clothing and a helmet.
“It is so motivating to see the industry rallying around just want the industry to rally around this great cause. I am looking forward to having others in the industry to become part of the ride,” said Cooper. “I’m thrilled to have Dina on the opening leg as I know she will push me hard. It just does not get better than this.”
To learn more about the ride or how to join Phil Across America, visit www.philacrossamerica.com.