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UnderCool Cooling Vest Now Available in Australia at RehaCare

UnderCool Cooling Vest Now Available in Australia at RehaCare

We are thrilled to announce that ThermApparel’s UnderCool Cooling Vests are now available for purchase in Australia just in time for hot summer days at RehCcare.

Cooling off at the 2019 annual meeting of the Consortium of Multiple Sclerosis Centers

Cooling off at the 2019 annual meeting of the Consortium of Multiple Sclerosis Centers

ThermApparel is hitting the road May 28 - June 1 to attend the annual meeting of the Consortium of Multiple Sclerosis Centers in Seattle, Washington. We are excited to attend the conference again this year and catch up with an amazing and completely dedicated group of clinicians that practice in multiple sclerosis centers

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play cool, stay cool

 Take me out to the ballpark, take me out with the crowd, buy me some peanuts and crackerjacks…… even people like myself (not a baseball fan) know the rest of the words, sorry if it’s now stuck in your head, I bring it up because it’s that time of year and a great example of what we are all about at ThermApparel, being active, enjoying the outdoors and participating in life, our motto is play cool, stay cool. 

Here in our amazing city of Rochester, NY spring just sprung yesterday. The Rochester Red Wings, our local baseball team, postponed opening day 3 times because of snow and when they finally played their first game it was in the 40’s (no need to bring your UnderCool to this game). As we are always focused on beating the heat here at ThermApparel in Upstate New York (..I know it is very ironic that we live in a place that received 119 inches of snow this winter WOW!) it’s never bad to embrace your inner Boy Scout and always be prepared. Spring is here to bounce us into the boys of summer. 

For many of us the heat can be very serious and we don’t want to speak lightly of it. The heart of ThermApparel lies with this, play cool, stay cool, what do you want to experience this summer? Ball games, backyard BBQs, graduations, the beach or maybe the mountains? How about 9 holes of golf? A bike ride, going to the lake, your kids soccer game, picnics, concerts, festivals, tennis/pickle ball, socializing on the deck or spending the evening around a bonfire while camping and sleeping under the stars? For me I look forward to gardening, mowing the lawn, working on the house and even sitting on the porch watching the sunset. Whatever you end up doing this summer make sure you do something creative and something you’ve never done before. 

What do all these activities have in common? They are exercise. Every time I go to my primary care doctor, I get the what I call the  “I should have listen more to my mother speech” …get more sleep, eat your vegetables, and exercise. The first two are really not that hard, but the 3rd one that gets me every time. I know, I know we have all heard it before. If I told you I had something that reduces stress, makes you sleep better, increases flexibility, can prevent heart disease, pressure sores, diabetes, and improve dormant neuro-pathways, help depression and increase social activities, and its free, (for the most part) it’s too good to be true. For me I have found a new way to exercise, make it an activity. It’s simple, exercise is movement; and after time and enough movement, life improves. So how do we make this a twofer? Think of something fun to do and find someone to do it with (see list of activities above, ok ok watching the sunset may not count as exercise, but it’s a good way to destress.) put on your UnderCool and play cool, stay cool. 

Your UnderCool helps you exercise, use it to help improve you health with a little less pain. We’ve heard from an inspiring women in Organ who wears her UnderCool while doing Tae Kwon Do. Holly fruit punch Batman! That is awesome! But, Please!! ALWAYS check with your doctor first before diving into the deep end and starting an exercise program. Below are some good links to learn more about exercise with MS and spinal cord injuries. We want to know how you exercise in your UnderCool and what you like to do. Send us a pick and a story! You can send it to us via email, Instagram, Facebook or our website. 

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MS Society exercise tips

In addition to being essential to general health and well-being, exercise is helpful in managing many MS symptoms. A study published by researchers at the University of Utah in 1996 was the first to demonstrate the benefits of exercise for people with MS. Those patients who participated in an aerobic exercise program benefited from:

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Active MSers exercise tips

How important is it to exercise if you have multiple sclerosis? Hugely. One leading MS researcher put exercising on the same level as taking a disease modifying therapy. It is more important than virtually anything else that you can personally do to manage your multiple sclerosis.

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making it better

Making It Better is going to be a new monthly section in our newsletter. We want to know what you find amazing about your UnderCool, what you would like to see changed or how can we make it better for you.

Making It Better came from inspiration from a very creative woman who reached out to us with her thoughts and suggestion on how to make the UnderCool better for her.

She suggested that we needed to tell people about the convince of having 2 UnderCool’s instead of 1. She uses her 1 UnderCool everyday at work and goes to the bathroom to take it off and switch out the cooling packs, which can take a bit of time. After getting a 2nd vest, it completely changed the way she works.

In honor of her great idea we have created The Adventure Bundles. 2 UnderCool’s and 8 cooling packs for $359.99. The best part is you get the choice of 2 black UnderCools, 2 White UnderCools or with The Adventure Safari Bundle, 1 white UnderCool and 1 black UnderCool.

How do you use your UnderCool for work? Let us know via email, Instagram, Facebook or our website. 

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New Year, new us! New blogs, new series, and new products??? You can't miss this edition of The Coolest Newsletter.

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On this spooky edition of The Coolest Newsletter we talk about travel (scary!), contests (chilling!), and health insurance (TERRIFYING). You don't want to miss this!

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Happy Fall Equinox! We often associate starting over or trying new things with the New Year, but Fall is also a great time to step back and reevaluate ourselves before we go back into our usual office or school routines. As such, I've decided to make self-improvement— both mental and physical— our focus for the fall season. If you haven't been keeping up with our blog, here's some of what you've been missing:

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I can't believe schools are almost back in session— summer just flew by! But it's not over yet, we still have a few more weeks of warm weather before fall kicks in. Make the most of the time we have left of summer with our Summer Bucket List! Now, on to what we've been up to:

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What do smiley faces, charities, and forms have in common? Find out in this short and sweet July Edition of the Coolest Newsletter!

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This month we discuss a whirlwind of events: RIT's Effective Access Technology Conference, the Rochester Venture Challenge, Imagine RIT, and Walk MS!

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At last spring has finally arrived in Rochester! The team and I are certainly enjoying the warmer weather. (Need some ideas on what to do in such fine conditions? Don't worry, we got you covered.) As the weather warms up, we're stepping up to attend as many community events as possible. Keep an eye out on our Events Calendar to see if we'll be in your area!

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I don't know about you but I'm sick of watching the snow fall outside of my office window. I cling to the thought that Spring is just around the corner- March and warmer weather will be upon us soon enough!

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Happy New Year! The team and I are very proud of the progress we have made in the last year. Thermapparel has grown from a student project to a full-fledged company with a product line. We are so grateful to all of you for your continued support throughout this process and we look forward to many more years of growth and success.

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December Edition

Hello all,

Happy Holidays! First and foremost, I want to announce that Thermapparel has officially incorporated! We are now Thermapparel LLC! From now on all of our publications will reflect this spelling (instead of ThermApparel). 

Last month we announced the inclusion of a new size for our UnderCool (available in Small, Medium, Large, and Extra Large). This month I'm happy to announce new payment options for our UnderCool! 

Cool For A Cause

20% of all proceeds will go to a non-profit organization of your choice. You will also be the first to receive UnderCool with it's initial launch.

Next in Line

Buy UnderCool at a reduced price and be second in line to receive UnderCool after it's initial launch.

Monthly Payment Plan

Buy UnderCool with six easy payments, then receive UnderCool when you complete your payments.

For more information regarding payment plans and pricing, visit our shop

We will take off a few weeks for the holidays so we will all be out of office from late December to early January. However, our methods of contact (phone and email) will still be available to answer any of your questions or concerns! I sincerely hope you all enjoy the holidays and have a very happy New Year!

Stay Cool,
Crystal R Mendoza Paulin
ThermApparel Co-Founder

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November Edition

Hello all,

I can't believe Thanksgiving is nearly upon us! (Where has the year gone?) Here at ThermApparel we have a lot to be thankful for, and it's all thanks to all of you!

We received our finalized products from our manufacturers for the first time this month and we are so happy with the results. After discussing the sizing we have decided to add another option for sales. UnderCool is now available in Small, Medium, Large, and Extra Large! The UnderCool is as adjustable as ever, but we wanted to be sure no one was left out of the UnderCool experience!

We visited the MS Society's local RAMS support group meeting for individuals living with MS last month. The amount of overwhelming support we received was truly humbling. At ThermApparel we're committed to making cooling solutions for you and your unique needs. To hear a job well done from the group was more than we could ever have asked for. We are more motivated than ever to make UnderCool as accessible as possible!

Happy Thanksgiving!

Stay Cool,
Crystal R Mendoza Paulin
ThermApparel Co-Founder

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October Edition

Hello all,

We’ve made a lot of exciting changes at ThermApparel! First and foremost, we have graduated from RIT’s Summer Start as a student led project and moved into Venture Creations as a start-up company. We’re grateful to have been accepted into such a prestigious incubator with access to experienced coaches and mentors. We look forward to this next chapter of ThermApparel!

We’ve also made some changes to our company mission.  We created ThermApparel to provide wearable cooling solutions to individuals living with MS. However, after talking to Rochester’s community about our products we have learned about other populations that can benefit from our garments. As such we have expanded our mission to serve not only people living with MS but any individual with a need for a cooling garment. 

Last month we announced our plans to conduct testing of our products in Nazareth’s College’s physical therapy clinics. We have since raised funds to place our order for the 25 units we’ll need for testing from our manufacturing partners. However, due to the long lead time for our specialized products to be made, the testing at Nazareth will now be conducted during the spring semester. Stay tuned for more updates on clinical testing as we approach February.

Last but definitely not least, we are proud to finally present UnderCool! We have worked on UnderCool for over a year now always keeping comfort and discretion in mind. UnderCool can be worn over or under clothes and provides approximately 2-3 hours of cooling comfort. Plus, UnderCool is unisex, available in three sizes (small, medium, large), and features adjustable straps and Velcro for a great fit. Now available for presales, our first 200 customers will receive the UnderCool for $150. That’s a $50 value! Distribution begins in May, so buy one now and get some peace of mind for next summer! 

October certainly kept us busy, but we like that. See you in November!

Stay Cool,
Crystal R Mendoza Paulin
ThermApparel Co-Founder

Upcoming Events:

  • 10/27, RAMS Meeting 
  • 10/27, RIT’s Innovative Housing Showcase
  • 10/29, RIT’s IdeaLab
  • 10/30 RIT’s IdeaLab
  • 10/30 Al Sigl’s WalkAbout

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September Edition
 

Hello All,

Welcome to ThermApparel’s first Newsletter! Things are always changing and updating with us so we will feature all our greatest updates in this monthly newsletter. Make sure to follow our blog or sign up for our mailing list to continually receive The Coolest News(letter)!

First, we are very happy to announce that we have partnered with Nazareth College to conduct clinical testing of our products. Nazareth College has a wonderful physical therapy department that has agreed to conduct testing of our products on volunteers in their MS Clinic and Neuromuscular Clinic. Ideally, we would begin testing at Nazareth this fall but that largely depends on our ability to raise funds to order our initial 25 prototypes by the end of this month. 

Speaking of manufacturing, we have partnered with FieldTex to sew and manufacture our products! FieldTex is a local manufacturer with impressive experience in soft goods for the fabrication of hand and travel bags. They have since evolved to take on products from the health care industry, from first aid kits to defibrillator vests. We look forward to working with them not only for their knowledge and experience in the area but also for their dedication and commitment to employ and manufacture right here in Rochester. 

We are very excited to be a finalist for Digital Rochester’s GREAT Awards. ThermApparel was nominated for the Student Achievement category back in June. The annual Digital Rochester GREAT Awards receive many nominations and applications for each category so we’re grateful to have been selected as a finalist. Come see us on the Awards night at the Rochester Riverside Convention Center!

We have also been accepted into High Tech Rochester’s TEN Boot Camp, an intensive nine-day entrepreneurship lecture and workshop series that takes place over 4 months. High Tech Rochester has hosted twenty TEN Boot Camps over the years and has admitted ThermApparel into Class XXI after our success with Summer Start. We believe it is important to continue educating ourselves in the business and marketing world since we have no traditional education or experience in those realms. As such, we are grateful for this opportunity!

That wraps up this month, see you in October!

Stay Cool,
Crystal R Mendoza Paulin
ThermApparel Co-founder

Upcoming Events

  • 9/15 Al Sigl’s Fine Tastings
  • 9/22 TEN Boot Camp
  • 9/22 Digital Rochester’s GREAT Awards
  • 9/23 TEN Boot Camp