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Please read this message to learn about Relationship Matters and wellness classes, telephone and web learning dates (employment, research, intimacy, etc), a teen program, research opportunities, cycling, climbing, Walk MS .

Dear Friend of the NJ Metro Chapter,

Please read this message to learn about Relationship Matters and wellness classes, telephone and web learning dates (employment, research, intimacy, etc), research opportunities, climbing, cycling, Walk MS weekend and much more!

MS Awareness Week!

To learn about all the activities taking place during MS Awareness week and throughout the month of March, click on this link:  In honor of MS Awareness in March, please know that several additional email messages will be sent in the coming weeks! 

Live Webcast On Progressive MS March 4

A panel of researchers and scientists will gather to discuss recent advancements and updates in Progressive MS research and treatment on Wednesday, March 4, 2-3pm. To register for the webcast visit:

Topics include:

  • Updates on Progressive MS research
  • Advancements in Progressive MS treatment, symptom management and rehabilitation
  • Progress made by the Progressive MS Alliance

Spring Wellness Classes kick off the week of March 16th  

Yoga, tai chi, aquatics!

You must register through the Chapter in order to participate in these wellness classes.  To register contact Aubrey at and include your name, email / mailing address, daytime phone number, and the name & location of the program(s) you are interested in. 

OR you can call the Society and ask for a listing of classes in your area 1-800-344-4867.  

There is a voluntary $30 suggested donation (not mandatory) for participation in a program. 

Please visit the chapter Wellness Page for more information on wellness classes in your area! 


Hamilton YMCA – One Step Program

The New Jersey Metro Chapter of the National Multiple Sclerosis Society and the Hamilton YMCA are proud to announce a collaborative effort in developing a customized wellness program for individuals with multiple sclerosis. The One Step program is a 12-week, 24-session course designed for medically diagnosed adults with MS. One Step aims to provide attendees with a comfortable and accessible environment to encourage empowerment via facilitated conversations, and, through therapeutic exercises, address the issues of fatigue, mobility, weakness and depression. Registration for One Step begins on March 2nd, and the program starts on March 16th. Classes will meet Monday and Wednesday morning at 10am, or Tuesday and Thursday evening at 6:30pm. For more details or to register for this program, please contact: Joe Fuhrman, Hamilton YMCA’s Director of Member Initiative & Healthy Living 609-581-9622 x132 or

You can also view the Hamilton YMCA’s website at

Register for this FREE unique program that focuses on communication in relationships - Relationship Matters at Holy Name Hospital in Teaneck!  

Building a healthier relationship usually involves making changes — changes in how you listen and talk to your partner and changes in the way you solve problems. The information provided in this workshop will enhance your understanding of effective communication, as well as ways to resolve conflicts and strengthen your commitment to your partner and relationship 

What:  A Relationship Enrichment Course for Couples Living With MS 

When:  Sunday, March 22, 2015;

Check-in and coffee at 9:15am; program from10am-2pm; Lunch will be served.

Where:  Holy Name Medical Center – conference room #4;

                718 Teaneck Road, Teaneck, NJ 

Facilitated by: Deb Mandelbaum, LCSW

Registration Required/More Information:  contact Lisa at or 732-508-4431 

Can Do Multiple Sclerosis Upcoming Webinars – FREE!

2nd Tuesday of each month 8:00p.m. – 9:15p.m. EST. Reserve your spot now!

Can Do MS’s monthly webinar series offers insight from MS experts representing different medical disciplines so that participants can gain additional knowledge relating to MS.  Participants interact with a team of Can Do MS Programs Consultants, by asking questions to learn how to actively co-manage their MS from the comfort of their home.  The next webinar is listed below: 

Tuesday, March 10, 8-9:15pm

Staying Vertical: Reduce Risks for Falls

Living with MS can increase your chances of falling and becoming injured.  This webinar will help you eliminated fall hazards in your home and make it easier to get around safely.  Join Physical Therapist Kathy SanMartino and Occupational Therapist Ann Mullinix as they discuss risk factors that can contribute to falling and provide ways to improve your safety at home and in the community.  This program will assist you in making good judgment calls to prevent you from falling and help you stay vertical.

Register from this link:

Webinar Series Archive

If you are not able to view Can Do MS webinars live, then please Can Do MS’s webinar archives. Watch them on your own time. Visit

Tele-learning Series

What:  A series of teleconferences aimed at providing information and guidance on current matters essential to liv­ing one’s best life with MS featuring experts by phone with an online presentation and Q&A.  The remainder of the series is listed below: 

MS Employment: 4 Part Series here are 2 remaining calls in this series: 

March 12, 26; 8pm  

Managing MS Bowel and Bladder Symptoms    

Tuesday, March 17- 7 pm or

Thursday, March 19– 10pm

Sex ED for Grownups-Intimacy in MS

Tuesday, May 19- 7 pm or

Thursday, May 21- 10pm 

Gender Differences in MS

Tuesday, July 21- 7 pm or

Thursday, July 23- 10pm 

Preparing for MS Doctor Visits

Tuesday, Sept. 15- 7 pm or

Thursday, Sept. 17- 10pm 

Where:  from the comfort of your own home  

Registration is required: call -1-800-344-4867 or email or register online from this link:

You will get a call in number or web link upon registration. Register for all of them today – you will receive a reminder for each call.

Please note: all tele-learning calls are recorded and can be found on the same webpage indicated above.

Holy Name Orthotic Clinic

The physical therapy department of Holy Name Medical Center offers an orthotic clinic for anyone needing to get an ankle foot orthotic or other prescribed brace; patients will be evaluated by physical and occupational therapists; orthotic vendors will be present.  The clinic is held on the second Wednesday of each month.  To make an appointment or to get more information, please call the physical therapy department at 201-833-3085.

Programs at the Barnabas MS Center  200 South Orange Ave, Livingston   

  • Craft Fair – looking for people who want to show/sell their items!  Are you a person living with MS?  Do you create or design special items (ex – soaps, jewelry, paintings) to show and sell at a fair within Barnabas Health? For more information, contact Lauryn Weinshank, LSW by March 15 at 973-322-7935 or
  • March 12, 2015, 9am – Breakfast, Bagels, and MS Buzz. Speaker: Krupa Pandey, MD, Conference Room B
  • March 30, 2015, 11am  – MS Month Chit Chat – Social Work Support Group, Conference Room A       
  • Date to be announced - Exercise and Healthy Eating – Stacy Pinke, RD (late March) (Please call Lauryn Weinshank, LSW 973-322-7935 if interested; you will be notified of its schedule)

Please call Infolink 888-724-7123 to register

Questions?  Call Lauryn Weinshank, LSW 973-322-7935 

Program in Spanish - Please share this with anyone you know who is affected by MS and also speaks Spanish!

Café con Leche

Café con Leche es un programa gratuito de la Sociedad ofreciendo un grupo de apoyo que se reúne mensualmente por teléfono bajo la dirección de un profesional para todos los hispanohablantes afectados por la esclerosis múltiple y que quieren comunicarse con otros. Para averiguar más o inscribirse, llame al 1-800-344-4867, opción 3.

Café con Leche is a Society program offering a free monthly professionally led telephone support group for anyone affected by MS who speaks Spanish and wants to connect with others. To learn more or to register, call 1-800-344-4867.

FRIENDS – that is what you get when you join a self-help group (SHG)! 

F =  Fun to be had when you join the group.

R =  Research updates and study participation experiences to be shared among group members.

I =  Information to be discussed about a variety of topics.

E =  Education is important.

N =  Network to live your best life with MS. 

D =  Dedicate your time to help people with MS.

S = Socialize, meet new people.

There are more than 30 SHGs in the 14 counties of the NJ Metro service area.  There may be one that is just right for you!  Learn about the different groups and see how you can contribute to the excitement of their meetings.  Your participation and voice is always welcome!

NEW groups are now forming at Overlook Hospital in Summit, at the library in Middletown and at the Holy Name Fitness Center in Oradell.

A group for veterans with MS meets at the VA in East Orange on the 4th Tuesday of every month. 

For more information contact Joyce Williams at 973--676-1000 x1729.

For more information about SHGs, contact Lisa at that Chapter at or at 732-508-4431. 

You can also view the Chapter website page at: 

People who served in the armed forces may have special benefits that address their MS related needs.  For more information to see if you are eligible for specific veteran programs, contact Joyce Williams at 973-676-1000, ext. 1729 

Care Partner Support Group

Connect with other care partners, find support and share your experiences. This National MS Society support group is led by experienced volunteers who are here to help you navigate life as a care partner of a person with MS.  To learn more, click on this link:  Carepartner Support Group 

Coaching for Emerging Artists

Arts Unbound is excited to announce it has received a grant from the Kessler Foundation to provide professional development support to fifteen to twenty artists with disabilities over the next year (October 2014-September 2015).

Arts Unbound is actively recruiting new emerging artists with disabilities for the program. All the participants will be expected to commit to developing a career plan, participate in workshops and master classes, and learn how to approach galleries and retailers. Staff will conduct portfolio reviews, promote the participants’ work to galleries, boutiques, and other retailers, license works for reproduction, help artists build online portfolios, and host group art exhibits.

Artists interested in participating should contact Celene Ryan, Director of Artist Development at Arts Unbound at 973-675-2787 or You may send up to three images of work you think represents your strongest efforts. Please also share a little about yourself and your artistic goals for the next year.  

Research Participation Opportunities – you may even get a stipend!

There are several opportunities for people with MS to participate in research studies, either on site, at home or online.  Currently our website describes specific research opportunities with Columbia University, Kessler Foundation Research Center, Rutgers, The State University of NY at Buffalo and University at Albany.  Click on this link to learn about these studies:  

For more information about additional nationwide opportunities, click on this link:     

Do you have an employment question you would like answered? Are you curious about workplace disclosure, social security benefits, need a reasonable accommodation or are you thinking about returning to work? 

If so, the National MS Society has a dedicated employment specialist to answer your questions.  Feel free to pose your questions directly to this email address:  You can expect to receive a response within 48 hours.

How to Choose the Wheeled Mobility Device that's Right for You

You can learn about how to choose a mobility device right from the comfort of your own home!  The videos are available on the National MS Society website (scroll to the bottom and both parts are there) and on YouTube.  They are equipped with closed captions. To activate the closed captions when playing the videos on YouTube, click on the CC button on the toolbar that appears below the video, and select on.

Are you looking for a low cost mobility device?  Then read the next paragraph to learn about the Chapter’s Client-to-Client Resources webpage.

Client to Client Resources

View this webpage to learn about specific durable medical equipment that is available free or low cost: 

Free Educational Programs from Pharmaceutical Companies

The National MS Society, New Jersey Metro Chapter is making this information available to you about these educational opportunities.  The National MS Society, New Jersey Metro Chapter is not sponsoring these programs. The Society has had no role in developing the content of these programs:

What: MS Relapse Symptoms: Understanding  your Treatment Choices  

When:  Monday, March 9, 6pm; meal will be provided 

Where:  Il Giardino Sul Mare,2 Hollywood Boulevard, Forked River

Speaker :  Sumul Raval, MD, Neurologist  

RSVP:  Call 1-877-219-0410 or Sponsored by: Mallinckrodt Pharmaceuticals


What: Living with MS: An informative event for people living with MS and their Care Partners

When: Wednesday, March 11th, 2014 at 6 pm

Where: The Madison Hotel, 1 Convent Road, Morristown, NJ 07960 (dinner will be served)

Speaker: Dr. Stuart Fox, The Neuroscience Center of Northern New Jersey, Morristown, NJ & a MS ambassador

RSVP: 1-866-703-6293 or

Sponsored by: Genzyme


What: The Facts on MRIs & MS

When: Wed, Mar 11, 6:45 pm; complementary dinner served

Where: Maggiano's Little Italy 390 Hackensack Ave, Hackensack (201-220-2030)

Speaker: Amos Katz, MD

RSVP: 1-877-969-1722 or

Sponsored by: EMD Serono (Rebif)


What: Tysabri Webinar Series- The Importance of Staying on Therapy

When: Wednesday, March 11, 2015, 8:00 pm ET

Where:  from the comfort of your home; this is a webinar

RSVP: or call 1-866-539-8127


What:  MS Relapse Symptoms:  Understanding your Treatment Choices

When: Monday, March 16,2015, 6pm; meal will be provided    

Where:  Rooney’s, 100 Ocean Avenue, Long Branch

Speaker:  Sumul Raval ,MD, Neurologist  

RSVP:  Call 1-817-219-0410 or

Sponsored by: Mallinckrodt Pharmaceuticals


What:  Living with MS: An informative event for people living with MS and their Care Partners

When:  Wednesday, March 19th, 2014 at 6 pm

Where:  Mohawk House, 3 Sparta Avenue, Sparta (dinner will be served)

Speaker:  Yevgeniy Khesin, MD, Neurologic Associated Arts, Newton, NJ & a MS ambassador

RSVP: 1-866-703-6293 or

Sponsored by: Genzyme


What:  Plegridy, Inside Interferons

When:  March19th, 6-8pm; registration begins at 5:30pm; complimentary dinner will be served

Where:  Morristown Hyatt Hotel, 3 Speedwell Ave, Morristown

Speaker:  Dr. Krupa Pandey, MD, The MS Center at St. Barnabas in Livingston, NJ

RSVP:  1-866-955-9999

Sponsored by:  Biogen Idec


What:  Living with MS: An informative event for people living with MS and their Care Partners

When:  Friday, March 20th, 2014 at 12 pm

Where:  Maggiano’s Little Italy, The Shops at Riverside Square, 390 Hackensack Avenue Hackensack, NJ 07601

Speaker:  Dr. Andrew Woo, Santa Monica Neurology, Santa Monica, CA & a MS ambassador

RSVP:  1-866-703-6293 or

Sponsored by: Genzyme


What: The Facts on MRIs & MS

When: Wed, Mar 25, 6:45 pm; complementary dinner served

Where: Iberia Tavern and Restaurant 80 Ferry St, Newark

Speaker: Mark Diamond, MD

RSVP: 1-877-969-1722

Sponsored by: EMD Serono (Rebif)


What:  MS Relapse:  Understanding Your Treatment Options

When:  Tuesday, March 31, 6:00 check in and 6:30 presentation with dinner

Where:  Maggiano's, 70 Riverside Square Mall, Hackensack,

Time:  Speaker:  Mary Ann Picone, MD

RSVP: 877-219-0410, program code 2666

Sponsored by: Mallinckrodt Pharmaceuticals


What: Living with MS: An informative event for people living with MS and their Care Partners

When: Tuesday, April 7th, 2014 at 6 pm

Where: The Madison Hotel, 1 Convent Road, Morristown, NJ 07960 (dinner will be served)

Speaker: Dr. Stuart Fox, The Neuroscience Center of Northern New Jersey, Morristown, NJ & a MS ambassador

RSVP: 1-866-703-6293 or

Sponsored by: Genzyme


What: Living with MS: An informative event for people living with MS and their Care Partners

When: Friday, April 10th, 2014 at 11 am

Where: High SocieTea House, 2 Old Newark Pompton Turnpike Wayne, NJ 07470

Speaker: Dr. MaryAnn Picone, Holy Name MS Center, Teaneck, NJ & a MS ambassador

RSVP: 1-866-703-6293 or

Sponsored by: Genzyme


What;  Ampyra - I Will Take the Next Step

When: Wednesday April 22,2014, 6:30pm

Where: Maggiano’s Little Italy, 70 Riverside Square Hackensack, NJ 07601

Speaker: Mary Ann Picone, MD Medical Director – MS Comprehensive Care Center at Holy Name

RSVP:  1-800-397-8082 or visit; space is limited

Sponsored by:  Acorda


What: Ampyra- I Will Take the Next Step

When: Tuesday, April 21, 2015  6:30 pm

Where: Calabrias, 588 S. Livingston Ave. Livingston NJ 07039

Speaker: Krupa Pandey, MD - Barnabas MS Comprehensive Care Center

RSVP:  1-800-397-8082 or visit; space is limited

Sponsored by:  Acorda


What:  Making sense of MS Today

When: April 22 2015,  6:45 pm (with complementary dinner included)

Where: Iberia Tavern and Restaurant 80 Ferry St, Newark

Speaker: Mark Diamond, MD

RSVP: 1-877-969-1722

Sponsored by: EMD Serono (Rebif)


What: Patient Empowerment Program – “Understanding MS Symptoms” / “Biogen Idec Treatments for Relapsing MS”

When: 5/7/2015 at 6:00 PM Eastern - Meal will be served.

Where: Newark Liberty International Airport Marriott, 1 Hotel Road, Newark, NJ 07114

Speaker: Gregory Anselmi, MD & Laura Rizza, Patient Advocate

RSVP: or call 1-866-955-9999

Sponsored by:  Biogen


What:  Gilenya® Patient Programs:  Know Your Options:  A Closer Look at Gilenya® (fingolimod) and You

When:  Tuesday evenings at 7:00 pm and Thursday evenings at 10:00 pm

Where:  Speakers Direct on Line, Webinars

Speaker(s): MD's, NP's and Patient Guides

Sponsored by:  Novartis Pharmaceuticals

More information:     

Keep S'myelin - a newsletter about MS just for kids!

Keep S’myelin is a colorful, engaging, informative, and reassuring newsletter to help children and their parents talk and learn about MS together. Each issue is filled with stories, interviews, games, and activities that highlight a specific topic related to MS, as well as a special section just for parents.  To receive this newsletter, contact Lisa at the Chapter at

NJ Metro Chapter’s first-ever Climb to the Top; 33 flights of stairs, 822 steps closer to a cure!  

  • What:  Participants will climb 33 flights of stairs at Mack-Cali Harborside Plaza 5 in Jersey City.
  • When:  Saturday, March 28, 2015; Check-in will start at 12PM with the first wave starting at 1PM (please note, waves will be assigned one week prior)
  • Where:  Mack-Cali Harborside Plaza 5,185 Hudson Street, Jersey City 07311
  • Registration Fee: $35; Fundraising Minimum: $250  

Don’t miss the after-party at Henry’s on the Hudson!  Celebrate with others, enjoy the NYC skyline view, receive a complimentary appetizer and order dinner & drinks.

For more information please contact: Julie Falgiano 732.508.4432 

Walk MS Weekend – April 18 and 19

Walk MS 2015 will feature 12 unique walk sites. Register today by visiting or by emailing Choose from a Saturday walk or a Sunday walk, from parks to boardwalks and more!  

Exciting News! On April 19th Toufayan Bakery will make a GUINNESS WORLD RECORDS® official attempt for the Largest Display of Sandwich Wraps at the Walk MS event at Ridgefield Park. In collaboration with volunteers from the National MS Society, Toufayan will use its line of wheat, whole wheat, flavored, and gluten-free wraps to wrap up a record, building more than 600 unique sandwich creations! It’ll be a sight to see – don’t miss it!

Bike to Create a World Free of MS!

Bike MS has something for everyone…  Don’t miss the chance to be a part of the national Bike MS cycling series. We offer both active and virtual participation so that chapter members can participate, inspire and encourage friends and family to join in one or all of our Bike MS events, whether they pedal the route or not!

  • Bike MS: Coast the Coast, May 16 & 17. Our premier cycling event offers ride lengths of 25, 50, 85 and the two-day 170-mile route along the Jersey Shore from West Long Branch to Cape May. 
  • Bike MS: Barrels and Brews (formerly Bike MS: Hops to Hops), on September 13 in Ringoes.  Choose your route length of 40 or 62 miles and pedal over the hills of the Amwell Valley. Celebrate at the Unionville Vineyard with a relaxing lunch, wine and beer.
  • Bike MS: Country Challenge on September 19 & 20 from Morristown to Whippany and back.  Route options offered are the 25, 50, 62 and the two-day 100-mile ride.  Enjoy the Saturday finish line featuring Oktoberfest food and entertainment!  

Register or learn more at: or call 732-660-1005, press option 2.  

MS Rock for a Cure! 

We can't wait any longer to share this awesome event with you! We'll be partnering with the Count Basie Theatre & The Fab Faux – a Beatles tribute band – on June 13 to bring you a brand-new concert event. Are you ready to rock for a cure? For more information and to buy tickets, contact Karen at the NMSS at 201-977-6054or at  

Annual Spring Fling and Gold Classic for the MS Center at Holy Name Medical Center

18th Annual Spring Fashion Fling for MS
Sunday, April 26, 2015
Glenpointe Marriott, Teaneck, NJ

21st Annual Holy Name Classic Golf Tournament
Monday, June 8, 2015
Hackensack Golf Club, Oradell, NJ

For more information, please contact the Holy Name Medical Center Foundation office at 201-833-3187 or

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