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Awareness - Every Connection Counts

We are unwavering in our commitment to be at the forefront of building awareness for multiple sclerosis and everyone affected by it. The disease and the MS movement — those engaged in addressing the challenges of MS today while moving toward long-term solutions for tomorrow — become better known each year, but more must be done.

Every connection counts when it comes to increasing awareness and support of our cause. Every individual we connect with personally, every letter we write to an elected official, every person in our Facebook network, every poster we put up, every dollar we raise, every video viewed — each connection has the opportunity to change the world for people affected by MS.

MS Awareness Week

MS Awareness Week 2014 was March 3 - 9 and people everywhere created connections stronger than the ones MS destroys. During this special week and all year, take action to help others learn more about MS and what they can do to make a difference.

2014 MS Awareness Week Recap

A recap of MS Awareness activities around the country during MS Awareness Week 2014.

Opportunities in your community

MS Awareness Week Press

ABC23 -- Multiple Sclerosis Awareness Week kicks in Kern County

Redlands Daily Facts -- National Multiple Sclerosis Society strives to shed light on disease

Long Beach Jewish Life Magazine March 2014

Local MS Awareness Week Activities

Los Angeles County

  • February 27: Street Team Day: Lancaster
    • Help paint the town orange! Students from Lancaster High School’s Interact Club are rallying behind a student recently diagnosed with MS by helping to raise funds for Walk MS, and raise awareness through the Antelope Valley. Teams will be gathering after school at 3:00 pm to tie orange ribbons around trees along The BLVD in celebration of MS Awareness Week; they’ll also be distributing Walk MS posters and other promotional material to local businesses.  You can get involved by doing the same in your neighborhood or community.  Call Christine at 661.321.9512 ext. 66401 or email christine.grontkowski@nmss.org for information and supplies.
  • March 1 - March 31: Shoot For A Cure
    • The Sub-Machine in Lancaster is helping raise MS awareness and funds, not just for the week, but for the entire month of March!  Dine any day at the Lancaster restaurant, present a flyer when you pay, and a portion of the proceeds goes to MS research and programs/services through Walk MS: Antelope Valley!
  • ​March 3: BJ's Fundraiser
    • Antelope Valley Walk MS participants--here's a chance to raise some money for your team! BJ's in Palmdale is kicking off MS Awareness Week on Monday, March 3. Print out the attached flyer, write your name or team name on the back, dine between 5pm-7pm and present the flyer when you pay...and you get the fundraising credit! So be sure to share the with all your family and friends! 
    • Valencia residents - join us from 5pm-10pm at BJ's in Valencia and present this flyer when you order. BJ's will donate 15% of your food order to National MS Society!
  • March 6: Open House at our NEW Chapter Headquarters
    • Join us for an open house at our new offices from 3pm to 7pm. See our new space and learn about upcoming Chapter events. The Southern California & Nevada Chapter Headquarters are located at 5150 W. Goldleaf Circle, Suite 400, Los Angeles, CA 90056. Please call 310-479-4456 for more information.
  • March 8: MS Awareness Night at the Los Angeles Clippers vs Atlanta Hawks. Purchase tickets now!

​Inland Empire/Coachella Valley

  • March 3 - 9: Loma Linda University School of Allied Health Professionals Promotes MS Awareness
    • The faculry, staff, and students at Loma Linda University School of Allied Health Professionals will be putting up orange ribbons throughout their department for the entire week and wearing orange t-shirts to promote MS Awareness.
  • March 5: Spreading Awareness About Walk MS
    • Join us from 9:00am to 12:00pm in distributing flyers and posters to inform passerby about Walk MS events and activities. We'll meet at our Inland Empire office located at 3110 E. Guasti Road, Suite 320. Contact Janna at janna.delapaz@nmss.org for more information.
  • March 6: Redlands Market Night
    • Stop by our booth on Redlands Market Night from 6:00pm to 9:00pm and get informed about MS Awareness Week.
  • March 6: O's American Kitchen Fundraiser
    • Join us for an evening of food and fundraising at O's American Kitchen in Palm Desert from 10:30am to 8:00pm. View the flyer for more information.
  • March 16: Fire on Ice
    • The Los Angeles Fire Department will take on the Ontario Fire Department in an exciting hockey doubleheader at Citizens Business Bank Arena in Ontario. Join us for a chili cookoff followed by another exciting game in which the Idaho Steelheads take on the Ontario Reign. Tickets start at $13 for both games and $4 from each ticket goes to support the National MS Society. View the flyer for more information, or contact Brad Spetnagel to reserve your seats at 909-204-5509 or bspetnagel@ontarioreign.com.

San Joaquin Valley

  • February 27: Fresno MS Awareness Week Proclomation
    • The Fresno County Supervisors will be passing a resolution acknowledging MS Awareness Week and Walk MS 2014.
  • March 1: Zumba for MS
    • Join us Saturday, March 1 from 3:00pm - 5:00pm for a very special Zumba class! Tickets are $10 before the event, $12 at the door.
      Z Factor Fitness
      6585 N. Blackstone Ave, Fresno
  • March 1: What a Difference a Day Makes
    • A team of local volunteers will lead the Chapter's 5th Annual What a Difference a Day Makes (MS Service Day), traveling around Bakersfield, completing home improvement projects both inside and outside homes of people living with multiple sclerosis. Past projects include yard work, painting, cleaning, and small home repairs/modifications. Learn more about What a Difference a Day Makes!
  • March 2: Street Team Day: Bakersfield
    • Volunteers will be gathering at the Liberty Bell on Truxtun and Chester Avenues at 10:00 am, and then will divide into teams to paint the town orange!  They’ll be tying orange ribbons around trees along downtown Bakersfield streets to draw attention to MS Awareness Week being celebrated worldwide.  Call Christine at 661.321.9512 ext. 66401 or email christine.grontkowski@nmss.org if you’d like to sign up for this volunteer opportunity!
  • March 2 & 3: Paint Your Town Orange!
    • We'll be tying orange ribbons at the Fresno Office shopping center on March 2. Join us on March 3 to tie ribbons at Fig Garden Village (9:00am), Fresno State (10:30am) and Fresno City College (12:30pm).
  • March 3-9: Frugatti’s Italian Eatery Gives Back
    • Stop by Frugatti’s Italian Eatery anytime during  the entire week and be sure to order carrot cake!  The owners will donate 25% of proceeds from all carrot cake sales to the National MS Society through Walk MS: Bakersfield. See the flyer for more information.
  • March 4: Pismo’s Coastal Grill Fundraiser
    • Bring in this flyer for dine-in or take-out at Pismos Coastal Grill and 20% of all proceeds will benefit the National MS Society.
  • March 4: MS Awareness Week Proclamations
    • The Kern County Board of Supervisors and Fresno County Board of Supervisors will formally proclaim MS Awareness Week March 3 – 9, 2014 in Kern County.  A certificate will be presented to the Bakersfield office of the National MS Society.
  • March 4: Taste of Hope: Bakersfield
    • Join the “BAMS – Team Hope” Walk MS team as it gives a “Taste of Hope.” The team is putting on its 5th annual fundraiser at Imbibe Wine & Spirits Merchant with a twist. It’s a Mardi Gras, Party Gras!  Tickets are $50/each or $90/couple and include admission, food by Frugatti’s, a $20 Imbibe wine card, and live music. View the flyer or call 661.321.9512 for ticket information.
  • March 5: Chipotle Give Back Night
    • Stop by the Chipotle in Fresno on Cedar Avenue between 5pm and 9pm for a give-back night! Bring this flyer, show it on your smartphone or tell the cashier and they'll give 50% of the proceeds to the National MS Society.
  • March 6: Taste of Hope: Fresno
    • The Tasting Room presents the 4th annual Taste of Hope wine tasting fundraiser. Tickets are $30 (or 2 for $50) and include admission, food and wine. View the flyer or call 559-439-2154 for more information.

Nevada

  • March 9: L'uva Bella Winery Fundraiser
    • Join us for a wine tasting fundraiser from 2pm to 5pm. Tickets are only $20 and will benefit the National MS Society. View the flyer for more information.

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Create your own connection image to share with your network and include in our gallery, then explore the gallery to learn about the connections that will help us end MS forever.

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Help others learn about multiple sclerosis

Helping others better understand this complex and unpredictable disease is a critical part of creating awareness and understanding about MS.
 
You can view and easily share the videos below, and many other videos available on the Society’s YouTube channel to help others better understand MS and the experience of living with the disease.

MS Connection PSA

Multiple sclerosis destroys connections. It disconnects the mind from the body and people from each other. Defy this disease with the very thing it seeks to destroy: connections. Every Connection Counts: why do you connect? www.MSconnection.org

MS Impacts Us All

Creating awareness is something each of us is committed to — and can act on today. By lending our individual voices, each and every one of us can lay the groundwork for the most viral MS awareness activity to date — by simply sharing.

NOW MS Research

More than 20,000 researchers go to work to create a world free of MS every day. We can stop the disease in its tracks, restore what's been lost, and end this disease forever. Our commitment to people with MS isn't to just get it done, but to do it NOW.

What Is MS?

This video shows what happens in the central nervous system when a person has multiple sclerosis.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 

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