Tri-Flow sponsors 8-month bike ride for melanoma

From the Sherwin-Williams Company Intranet

Ray Query and Kevin Madzia are raising money for melanoma research by riding their bikes to Argentina. The pair, who work at Century Cycles, started their 8-month journey this past Sunday from Cleveland. Tri-Flow, a Sherwin-Williams brand best known to on and off-road cyclists as a manufacturer of high-quality cleaners, degreasers and lubricants, is sponsoring the trip with financial support. Also joining in the support are Sherwin-Williams stores and facilities along the 15,000 mile journey.

Send-off in Rockefeller Park with Diversified Brands employee Jose Martinez

When Jose Martinez, Diversified Brands, first brought this Pan-American ride to the company’s attention, we were amazed by the challenge that his friends were about to take on. But, Kevin Madzia and Ray Query are up to the task of cycling over 15,000 miles in eight months. The goal of the trip to Argentina is to raise money and awareness in the fight against melanoma, the most serious form of skin cancer, in honor of Kevin’s father.

Once we learned that one of our products, Tri-Flow lubricants would be indispensible to the journey, the brand generously stepped up support for these very valuable customers toward their very worth cause. In addition to making a generous contribution to their fundraising goal, Kevin and Ray are outfitted in Tri-Flow gear and have plenty of product to get them to Ushuaia, Argentina, the southernmost city in the world.

Beyond the support in getting the cyclists on their way, they will visit Sherwin-Williams stores and facilities throughout North, Central, and South America. Since their departure on Sunday August 24th from Rockefeller Park, they’ve met Sherwin ‘family’ in Delaware and Xenia, Ohio (thanks to Jared and Denise in Xenia for the thoughtful care packages). Now it’s onto Maysville, Kentucky where Manager Tom Hendrickson is awaiting their arrival.

Look for more updates as Kevin and Ray continue on their journey and visit members of the Sherwin-Williams family along the way.

Kevin and Ray would like to express their sincere gratitude for the Sherwin hospitality they’ve experienced thus far!

To follow their blog and/or support the cause, please check out Miles 4 Melanoma. At this site, you can see their current location, and learn about their route. Additional questions can be directed to Maria Haller at Sherwin-Williams.

Stop in Xenia, Ohio store with Manager Jared Bougneit and Associate Denise Kepler.

Press Release: The Sherwin-Williams Company and their Tri-Flow Brand Announce Sponsorship To Benefit Melanoma Research

For Immediate Release – August 18, 2008

Cleveland, OH – The Miles 4 Melanoma Pan-American Ride kicks off at noon August 24th during Walk+Roll in Rockefeller Park on Cleveland’s east side. Miles 4 Melanoma is a bicycle tour from Cleveland, Ohio to Ushuaia, Argentina to raise awareness of melanoma, the most deadly form of skin cancer, and to raise money for The Melanoma Research Foundation. An adventurous team of two, Ray Query and Kevin Madzia who work in a local bike shop, start their journey Sunday with plans to reach the southern tip of South America by the end of April 2009.

Sherwin-Williams and their Tri-Flow brand have pledged financial support for the trip and The Melanoma Research Foundation. In addition, they will supply the team with Tri-Flow products and clothing for the journey. Tri-Flow is known to on and off-road cyclists as a manufacturer of high-quality cleaners, degreasers and lubricants.

On their journey, Kevin and Ray will visit Sherwin-Williams facilities located in various cities throughout North, Central, and South America to recharge and share tales of their trip!

Ray Query and Kevin Madzia plan to arrive at Walk+Roll Cleveland at 12:00noon and depart at 1:00pm.

Cyclists are invited to join the team on the first leg of their ride from Rockefeller Park to the Ohio & Erie Canal Towpath Trail.

Visit for more information and directions to Sunday’s event and visit to learn more about Miles 4 Melanoma.