The Ride of a Lifetime


By: Samantha Magee

On April 27-28, 2019, Danos employees Matt Kelso, Mark King, Billy Hebert and Khanh Labat (pictured left to right) embarked on a bike ride from Houston to Austin for the MS 150. The two-day ride is a 180-mile journey that starts in Houston and ends in Austin, with break points in between. The annual event raises money for the National Multiple Sclerosis Society to fund research for a cure and service for people affected by multiple sclerosis (MS).

"Overall, it was a great feeling to know that 10,000+ riders were invested in not only accomplishing the ride from Houston to Austin, but also in doing their part to help such a worthy cause," said Senior Account Manager Matt Kelso.

"The experience was very rewarding, as we were well supported from start to finish."

The event, which takes place in multiple cities across the U.S., began in 1980. "This was my first time riding, and I didn’t realize how many people I know have loved ones affected by MS until I started telling others about the event." said Contracts Administrator Khanh Labat. "The ride itself was very tiring, but so worth it. People living with MS were at the end of the event cheering us on, and this ride was for them."

The Danos group participated as part of the larger DanosPetrofac team along with colleagues from our joint venture. Together, the DanosPetrofac team raised $13,657 for the MS Society.

Sales Rep Billy Hebert has quite a few personal connections to MS and said, "I was motivated to sign up because it was for a great cause and because of my connections."

Other than the overlying fundraising goal required by each participant, Billy’s first goal was to finish the race, but his second goal was to "push myself physically and mentally."

According to Senior Account Manager Mark King, "This was a great event that I’m really proud to be involved with. "But if he decides to do the race again, he says "I will be training much harder in order to prepare."

About MS: MS is an unpredictable, often disabling disease of the central nervous system that disrupts the flow of information within the brain, and between the brain and body.

Samantha Magee

Samantha Magee joined Danos in 2018 as media relations coordinator. She serves as Danos’ point of contact for communications targeting customers and the communities where we live and work. Prior to joining Danos, she worked as a fundraiser at an independent school in Houston, TX, and also worked at the LSU Foundation. Samantha holds a Bachelor of Arts in Mass Communication from Louisiana State University and an MBA from the University of Houston.


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