The Raynaud’s Association is pleased to recognize the following companies whose financial contributions help support our mission in serving the needs of Raynaud’s sufferers:
G-Tech Apparel (View Products)
While playing football for the Calgary Stampeders on the brink of a chilly Canadian winter, Johnny Forzani noticed his teammates on the sideline were trying to keep their hands warm through the use of two small propane heat tanks. With the vision of creating high-quality apparel that athletes could rely on to help them perform in any conditions, he went overseas and developed heated glove and hand warmer prototypes eventually worn (and loved) by his teammates.
Knowing he was onto something great, John partnered with University of San Francisco alumnus, NCAA Division I golfer, former tech senior executive and childhood best friend Jesse Galvon to create G-Tech Apparel.
G-Tech believes in delivering a high quality product that outperforms its competition through research and development in conjunction with some of the world’s most elite athletes. Everything they make is designed in Canada and manufactured in the USA because they believe in North American manufacturing and local job creation.
The founders also believe in giving back to the community, which is why they donate $1 from every purchase to one of four charities chosen at checkout (the Raynaud’s Association is one of them!). They are the proud founders and operators of The Galvani Charity, which supports children in their communities who would otherwise be unable to play organized sports.
Glider Gloves (View Products)
A majority of today’s mobile devices are capacitive, meaning they use your body’s bioelectric field to interact. When you wear regular gloves, they act as a barrier, cutting off the interaction between the body and the screen. Conductive threads blended into the gloves help bridge the gap between the skin and the device, facilitating interaction.
But for the team at Glider Glove, the most basic functionality wasn’t enough. Their standards called for excellent quality, innovation and the ability to protect the hands without loss of connectivity with touchscreens. As a result, Glider Gloves take the basic requirements three steps further by adding features such as full touch response, anti-slip grips and three layers of warmth and protection to the product.
Founded by a small group of young entrepreneurs with one great idea, the Glider Gloves product was a basement startup project with the original purpose of personal use only. By 2011, the product gained much attention in the retail world and was being sold in hundreds of mobile and sporting goods stores across Canada, the U.S. and parts of Europe. Now entering the company’s fourth year in business, the product is sold and distributed in retail stores globally.
Heat Holders® (View Products)
Drew Brady Company Inc. was established in 1947 in England as a yarn trader. In the last few decades the company has expanded into the manufacturing, importing and distributing of quality socks.
Heat Holders® were developed by a talented in-house product development team that accepted the challenge of making a sock that would be the warmest sock ever – while still comfortable and practical to wear in daily life. It wasn’t easy, but the team came up with Heat Holders® as the solution in 2008.
Since then the company has sold more than 10 million pairs worldwide and distribution continues to grow. This growth is attributed to successfully building a base of customers who are truly satisfied with Heat Holders®. Whether they are at home, at work or at play in the cold winter months, there is a pair of Heat Holders® designed to keep them warm, safe and comfortable.
Drew Brady Company Inc., 9517-H Monroe Road, Charlotte, NC 28270. Telephone: (905) 815-1534, www.heatholders.com
HeatMax® (View Products)
HeatMax® is the parent company for HotHands® and Grabber warmers®, the leading air-activated hand, toe, foot and body warmers in America. Both brands offer head-to-toe solutions to keep you toasty and comfortable, no matter the temperature, through continuous heat to hands, toes and the entire body. Just open the package and expose warmers to the oxygen in the air for hours of relief. All HotHands® and Grabber® Warmers are designed for one-time, disposable use.
Warmers.com, 365 84th Street SW, Suite 4, Byron Center, MI 49315 Telephone: (800) 518-0938, www.warmers.com
HXT Heat Exchange Technology (View Products)
Seven Years ago while developing a line of running gloves for a major U.S. glove company, Lou Fliszar, Heat X-Change Technology’s founder, discovered research suggesting that up to 40% of all people do not experience warm hands wearing conventional gloves.
Often these cold hands were the result of poor circulation brought on by a variety of ailments, including Raynaud’s. Lou came to the conclusion that the only way to provide adequate warmth and comfort was to produce a glove that has an external heat source. The requirements were numerous, including development of an external heat source that was adjustable and could be directed to various areas of the hand. The system had to be simple to use, affordable, re-useable, and eco-friendly. The result, HXT, is a patent-pending technology that guarantees warm hands in all conditions. For those with cold hands, HXT is the solution.
Knit Happens (View Products)
Sole proprietor Christine Michienzi is a fanatical knitter who can knit pretty much anything. Her mother was an avid knitter and taught her the craft, but Christine never really had an interest…until she died. Then it’s as if her mother inspired her from above, as she hasn’t stopped knitting since!
One day a friend sent Christine a picture of a beer mitten. She thought it would be a fun Christmas gift for the sports fans in her family. After searching for a pattern and finding it was complicated and time consuming, she made up her own, and when friends saw what she had made they all wanted some.
Christine is a teacher and mother of three, two of which are in college. Knit Happens started as a way to earn a little extra cash and spread her love of knitting. She’s been selling her knitted designs for about a year, initially at local farmers markets and now expanding her reach on Etsy.
Overtime, she’s found that beer mittens have many more uses than just holding beer at tailgate parties, including helping people with Raynaud’s comfortably hold onto cold drinks. Knitting is Christine’s way of spreading a little bit of cheer, so she hopes these beer mittens bring a smile and some warmth to Raynaud’s sufferers!
Limbkeepers (View Products)
Deborah Vezan, founder of Limbkeepers® products spent 35 years as a New York based apparel executive where she gained her manufacturing and product expertise. Spending nine years as care manager for both of her elderly parents educated and exposed her to the many needs and demands of a rapidly expanding and aging population.
These two careers collided and Limbkeepers® sleeves became a necessary reality for her mother who was high risk for skin tears.
Inspired by her sport apparel, Deborah brought her design ideas to an athletic sock factory in North Carolina where she made her first prototypes. When the sleeves proved to be effective in protecting her mother’s fragile skin, she knew her sleeves would be of benefit to others. This mission is the driving force behind Limbkeepers® and is the foundation upon which the company develops innovative products for future offerings – making a difference in the quality of life.
Launched in 2013, Limbkeepers® are now sold online and distributed through pharmacies and durable medical equipment suppliers in 23 states and two other countries.
Nutrasal (View Products)
Nutrasal stands behind the quality of its products and offers a 100% satisfaction guarantee. The company’s business depends upon trust and loyalty and they seek to earn it every day with their motto: Purity You Expect. Quality you trust.
Based on solid drug research, Nutrasal aims to develop highly purified and technologically advanced products and only offers products they believe to have been thoroughly researched, tested and proven to be of superior quality, technology, bio-availability and effectiveness.
The company’s primary market is selling directly to the medical community (medical doctors, osteopaths, hospitals, healthcare clinics, rehabilitation centers and alternative healthcare providers).
Nutrasal sells only the highest purity “Gold Standard” nutraceuticals with proven efficacy and scientific support. The company’s products are manufactured under the most stringent controls in FDA-approved facilities and have GRAS (generally recognized as safe) status. They guarantee that their ingredients are of the highest quality, are manufactured to the highest GMP and USP standards, and meet all label specifications.
ProNeema™ (View Products)
Over 5,000 years ago, our ancestors knew that the oil from the Neem Tree provided special medicinal powers to cure a wide variety of ailments. ProNeema was developed in 2005 by a pharmacist to help leverage the healing powers of Neem Oil in preventing foot complications in patients with diabetes.
Given the fact that ProNeema also contains an ingredient (L-Arginine) that can help increase circulation, along with peppermint oil, which helps reduce pain, the manufacturer realized the potential benefits ProNeema could offer to Raynaud’s sufferers and is a long-standing supporter of the Raynaud’s Association.
Skin Specialties LLC, P.O. Box 860608 Shawnee, KS 66286-0608. Telephone: (800) 510-3192, www.proneema.com
SnugToes™ (View Products)
The originator of SnugToes, Simi Sokan, is an IT consultant who has suffered from Raynaud’s phenomenon for over 20 years.
Despite being on medication to treat her Raynaud’s symptoms, the inventor still suffered extremely cold hands and feet. The only relief she found was when she would place a hot water bottle on top of her indoor slippers.
This discovery started her thinking of ways to integrate the heat from the water bottle into the slippers in a way that she could still maintain her mobility. After much trial, error and persistence, she was able to invent a microwavable pad that was inserted into the top of the slipper providing heat and warmth for up to 3 hours, and SnugToes™ heated slippers were born!
The Warming Store (View Products)
The Warming Store was created in 2008 by two cousins who did not like the cold. Over the years, they have become one of the largest online retailers of heated clothing, winter apparel, electronic heating as well as offering a comprehensive range of personal cooling products.
The Warming Store is still a family owned and operated business that prides itself on offering quality products at a great price. If you have any questions, queries, suggestions or just want to say “hey” their Customer Support Team is there to help!
TrueToSource (View Products)
TrueToSource selects and promotes consumer electronics, household items, sports and fitness equipment, school and office supplies, and more. In a quest to shorten the distance between producers and end consumers, TrueToSource finds new products from suppliers around the world who are keen to connect with customers. The company is constantly looking to add new products that are functional and of good value.
At heart, team members at TrueToSource are humanitarians. Supporting humanitarian efforts without boundary and helping to build True Peace on Earth are the true goals of its social enterprise. They work to help less fortunate people in our world through charity, socioeconomic activism, and innovations in their operational model.
Verseo (View Products)
Verseo’s corporate mission is to surprise and delight. The company has been online listening to customers’ e-shopping preferences since 1999 and learning along the way.
While small in size, Verseo is dedicated to making a big difference by delivering a superior online shopping experience. From its 365-Day Guarantee, to its experienced “real people” customer service team who take calls and personally peek in the warehouse to check the status of an order. The company promises to strive to make right every sale.
Verseo, 16 W. Main Street, Beacon, NY 12508. Telephone: 877-261-1570, www.verseo.com
Warm Skin® (View Products)
Warm Skin® is manufactured by Aurora Naturally, a family-owned company based in Minnesota. When they witnessed the success of their udder balm for use by farmers to protect their cows from the bitter cold, they decided to formulate a skin cream with similar moisturizing and protective effects, introducing Warm Skin® in 1984.
Warm Skin® was a great success with the crew members of the 1985 North Pole Expedition in protecting their skin under the harshest of conditions. Among the product’s loyal customers are National Football League and professional baseball teams, postal workers, coal miners, snowmobilers, bikers, campers, canoeists, runners and other outdoor enthusiasts, and now Raynaud’s sufferers!
D. Janasek Sales Co., Inc. is a distributor for Warm Skin® and a strong supporter of the Raynaud’s Association.
Warm Skin®, D. Janasek Sales Co., Inc., 158 Haviland Road, Ridgefield, CT 06877. Telephone: (203) 438-0640, www.warmskin.net
We Have It Handled Corp (View Products)
We Have It Handled Corp. is a fast-growing, woman-owned start-up manufacturing lightweight and multi-use carrying aids.
The company grew out of solving a problem for the founder’s father who needed something to hold his painting materials for a house project. He had problems holding objects due to muscle cramping in his hands caused by Raynaud’s Syndrome. Her father’s rudimentary design inspired CEO Tara Vallin to expand on his vision to create Add-A-Handle®, and the invention has quickly become a new product sensation. Add-A-Handle® was selected in May 2015 for a Retailers Choice Award by the North American Retailer Hardware Association for its uniqueness and sales potential.
Tara is excited to get the product into the hands of consumers who can benefit from using it. For Raynaud’s sufferers, Add-A-Handle® offers a warm helping hand in avoiding direct contact with hard-to-hold cold food and metal objects.
Winter Leash (View Products)
Winter Leash owner Mike McMahon is a former Army Ranger and avid dog owner in Natick, MA. Mike saw a void in dog owner comfort in the cold weather months and used his experience in testing and purchasing military textile products to develop a leash to keep the hand holding the leash very, very warm.
All materials are chosen for performance with a preference for goods made in the U.S. Winter Leash is produced by local residents in Lawrence, MA.
In fall 2015 the company launched the first suite of Winter Leashes and hope to continue to improve the product with feedback from users.
Wristies, Inc. (View Products)
On a cold and snowy winter’s day, 10 year old KK Gregory was out building a snow fort when her wrists started to hurt because they were cold and wet. She remedied the problem by creating the first pair of Wristies, wearing them under her coat and mittens. She tried out her novel and unique creation on her scout troop who encouraged her to make more. Further encouraged by her mom and dad to see herself as an inventor, KK applied for a patent, trademarked the name Wristies, and started her own small company!
From Wristies®’ beginning in 1994 on the dining room table. it grew to take over the living room, kitchen table, basement, upstairs bedroom, loft, and garage. Now, located in a renovated cotton mill in Lowell, Massachusetts, Wristies are produced in a more traditional manufacturing environment. The company keeps growing with a whole lot of help from its best resource, its customers! Wristies is grateful for all of the feedback, ideas, and suggestions for new markets and products from its loyal and supportive customers. Thinking back to the advice KK gave during her interview on Oprah, if you have a good idea, “go for it!,” we continue to develop Wristies to its fullest.