image Passchal, past M2W® Sponsor and Speaker and makers of luxury designer bags crafted from leather and recycled tractor inner tubes, has launched a new line of bags with a mission: to help raise funds for the Tuberous Sclerosis Alliance (TSA). The five bags in the Mary Ann Collection are not only stylish and eco-friendly, but 20% of their proceeds will be donated to TSA. Tuberous Sclerosis (TS) is a genetic disorder that causes tumors to form in many different organs, including the brain, lungs and kidneys. Every dollar spent finding a cure for TS will also lead to developments in cancer and epilepsy research.

Why “Mary Ann” as the name for the bag line? The namesake is the daughter of Julie Scroggins of Waukegan Tire, who spoke on the Automotive Panel at M2W® 2011 with Passchal co-founder Ken Kobrick. Scroggins began selling Passchal bags in her family’s tire stores earlier this year, and Scroggins’ daughter – a college student who was diagnosed with TS in 2009 – is a spokesperson for Passchal. The Mary Ann Collection benefiting TSA grew out of that relationship.

"It’s an opportunity to fund research, give people hope, and possibly
in my lifetime see a cure," says Mary Ann.