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April 2016

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Spring has sprung, Walk MS season is officially here, and it’s not too late to join together with others in your local community at one of 26 Walk MS events or the 2nd Annual Run MS Seattle 5K taking place across Alaska, Northern Idaho, Montana and Washington! Visit walkMS.org today to find an event near you!

For other Society news and activities, visit MSnorthwest.org or facebook.com/MSnorthwest.org.

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Walk MS superhero: Pamela Campbell

WAS_2016_eNews-April16-Pam-CampbellTo end MS, we Walk MS. Get ready to connect, cheer and raise awareness at Walk MS and the Run MS Seattle 5K this weekend! It’s okay if you haven’t had a chance to sign up yet—we’d still love to see you there! Find your local Walk MS at walkMS.org and register today.

This year, Pamela Campbell will be at Walk MS with her family and a dream. She writes: “I have a dream that within 5 years, scientists will find the miracle to prevent and cure multiple sclerosis and eliminate it as a threat to all our future generations. THAT dream is getting closer.” Each year, Pamela writes a powerful and personal letter to her supporters describing what MS is like for her, recounting inspiration she’s encountered over the years since she was diagnosed and outlining how the Society has impacted her life. If you’re looking for inspiration and ideas on how to personalize your own Walk MS fundraising, look no further—Pamela’s letters say it all.

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Celebrating the voice of MS activists on Capitol Hill

WAS_2016_eNews-April16-PPC-thumbMS activists from across the country gathered in Washington, DC, to educate elected officials about the needs of the MS community at the 25th annual Public Policy Conference last month. Learn more from local activist, Gayle Rundstrom, who recapped her experience in our nation’s capital on our blog. Do you want to create positive change for people affected by MS? Sign up for the MS Activist Network and follow us on Twitter to receive updates and action opportunities on federal, state and local policy affecting the MS community.

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New! Wellness Discussion Guide

WAS_2016_eNews-April16-Wellness-thumbPeople with MS want more information about the role of wellness strategies in their efforts to live their best lives. At the same time, healthcare professionals often feel ill-equipped to provide answers and recommendations around wellness strategies to their patients due to a lack of well organized, scientifically-based and practical information. As a result, the Society developed a guide to provide people with MS and their healthcare providers with information and materials to engage in early and ongoing conversations that support effective wellness and lifestyle strategies.

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Volunteer Week is April 10-16

WAS_2016_eNews-April16-Volunteer-week-thumbDuring National Volunteer Week, we salute the thousands of individuals, corporations, and groups who contribute time, talents, and resources to help create a world free of MS. National MS Society volunteers are passionate people working to change the world for everyone affected by MS. Learn more at the link below, join us and make a difference today!

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Alaska Bike MS: Fundraise to win a cycling GPS set

WAS_2016_eNews-April16-BikeMS-thumbBike MS: Hope to a Cure is on May 21 in Girdwood. Register online, and invite friends and family to join you as cyclists or volunteers.

Don’t miss out on the April fundraising competition! Every $100 you raise between April 15 and May 1 enters you to win a cycling GPS set! Plus, every self-donation of $50 or more enters you in a daily drawing for a $10 Trek gift card. All donations move us one step closer to our goal—a world free of MS!

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Participate in MS Research Surveys

WAS_2016_eNews-April16-Research-thumbWant to take part in research that may change daily life for people with MS? The Society regularly reviews and posts surveys and other research studies that let you do just that! Get started now—view the online list for details and contact information.

New survey: Society-funded researchers are currently seeking participants in a multiple sclerosis risk tolerance survey to learn how people living with MS weigh risks against benefits when choosing MS therapies. Participate in this survey.

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Shh…”Speakeasy” Dinner of Champions

WAS_2016_eNews-April16-DOC-thumbDappers and Dames! Put on your glad rags and join us Saturday, May 14, for the "Speakeasy" Dinner of Champions at the Sheraton Seattle. Tickets are $250 for an evening of delectable food and a swanky good time! View the video invite.

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GiveBIG to the National MS Society next month

WAS_2016_eNews-April16-GiveBIG-thumbMark your calendars for GiveBIG on May 3! A one-day, online charitable giving event, GiveBIG is designed to raise money for our region's hard-working nonprofits—including the National MS Society, Greater Northwest Chapter. The Seattle Foundation will match a portion of each donation, PLUS, we have an additional 1:1 challenge grant up to $10,000!

New this year! Beginning April 18, you can schedule your GiveBIG donations ahead of time at your convenience.

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