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Businesses press on for Cure Project

Wednesday, March 5, 2003
By Jennifer Jope / Staff Writer

Nevermind the bad economy. While many companies are downsizing and trying to save money, three local businesses have come together to donate time and service to a Boston-area organization.

Woburn businesses Clockwork Design Group Inc. and Pride Printers have joined up with Frank Siteman Photography of Winchester to provide their services to the Boston Cure Project for Multiple Sclerosis' Annual Report. The two Woburn businesses donated just under $20,000 to the cause.

The non-profit organization was founded in 2001 after Boston Cure Project President and CEO Art Mellor was diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis in 2000. Mellor researched and found that the information and work done on the disease was dispersed and there didn't appear to be a plan to find a cure soon The organization is dedicated to curing Multiple Sclerosis by determining its causes.

Multiple Sclerosis is a chronic neuro-degenerative disorder of the central nervous system, affecting more than 400,000 people in the United States. The disease results in severe disability including the inability to walk, blindness, cognitive dysfunction, and extreme fatigue.

Vanessa Schaefer, president and creative director of Clockwork Design Group, met Mellor 10 years ago while working with him when he was working with other companies. Schaefer said he was a client of her firm, but also a personal friend.

Mellor's efforts to find a cure and make the public aware of the disease is evident in the Boston Cure Project's Annual Report, which displays a Cure Map, educational information and goals for the upcoming year. Creating such a product isn't easy, but with the help of the two Woburn companies and Siteman the 2002 Annual Report is something Mellor is proud of.

"The Annual Report is the premier piece of collateral we have," said Mellor.

Mellor said he has received great responses about the report which is important to establish credibility and leave an impression the Boston Cure Project is worth donating to.

Schaefer calculated that her company, which designed the logo, stationery, newsletters, and annual report, spent $15,000 in services.

"We have always had a philosophy that we like to do one pro bono job each year to give back to the community," said Schaefer. "It made sense to donate our services to (the Boston Cure Project)."

Clockwork Design Group was founded in 1994 with its office in Woburn and Pride Printers, which did the actual printing of the Annual Report, also conducts business in Woburn. Schaefer said Pride Printers stepped up to the plate first when she was looking for printers to volunteer.

"We were happy to do it," said Drew Nastri, Account Executive at Pride Printers.

While this was the second time Clockwork Design Group offered their services to Mellor, this was Pride Printers first time and Nastri estimated Pride Printers donated $4,500 worth of service.

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