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March 2016

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Spring is just around the corner—let’s take it by storm! This month we are celebrating winter fundraising events, Washington State Action Day, and research successes while continuing to prepare for springtime fun at Walk MS, Bike MS and Run MS! Stay current on Society news and activities at MSnorthwest.org or facebook.com/MSnorthwest.org.

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MS Awareness Week, March 7–13

WAS_2016_eNews-March-MSAWMS Awareness Week begins next Monday! Take action to help others learn more about MS and get them involved in the MS movement. Spread the word—share Chapter Facebook posts throughout the week. Together we are stronger than MS!

Tracking down a solution for progressive MS

WAS_2016_eNews-March-ResearchThe Society is pursuing all promising paths to drive progress in progressive MS research. Several exciting updates have recently been released that demonstrate a step forward in the process, including:
  • Experts evaluated how MS “cohorts” studies designed to track people with MS over time might be leveraged to answer urgent questions about what causes progressive MS and how to stop it. Next steps include publishing a paper to help guide funders and MS researchers on the best ways to speed answers for people with progressive MS.
  • Results from an MRI study provided a rare glimpse of a very early stage of disease even before progression begins. Finding a way to identify and track primary-progressive MS earlier may help to improve access to care for those who have it.
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66 MS activists storm Washington state capitol

AdvocacyOn Feb. 2, 66 MS activists convened in Olympia for Washington State Action Day. Participants from across the state covered 32 districts and visited 96 legislative offices! Check out photos from the day including the morning program with guest speaker Gov. Inslee. Want to know more? Join the MS Activist Network to receive updates on the Society’s advocacy work year-round.
Keep the momentum going—take action on the federal level and urge your U.S. Senators to advance MS research. It’s easy, effective and will only take a few minutes of your time.
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Walk MS superhero: Cheryl

WAS_2016_eNews-March-Cheryl-thumbCheryl’s first symptom before being diagnosed with MS 25 years ago was blurred vision in her left eye. “I was 32 and suddenly living with this strange disease—I didn't know a thing about it; I didn't know what to do. I didn't know what I could do,” says Cheryl. So she turned to the Society, attended a newly-diagnosed class, volunteered and started her own Walk MS team. Cheryl is a true superhero—join her and be a superhero, too! Read Cheryl’s story, register for Walk MS and celebrate the superstars in your life.
“We need to focus on the great people in front of us, beside us and behind us.” — Cheryl
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Bike MS: Hope to a Cure

WAS_2016_eNews-March-AKBikeCalling all cyclists and volunteers! Bike MS: Hope to a Cure is less than three months away and it’s time to register! Sign up now to embark on an unforgettable journey along the scenic Seward Highway where nearly 150 riders will cruise along looping courses ranging from 25 to 110 miles with a start/finish at the Alyeska Day Lodge. Enjoy full meals, generous amenities, stunning landscapes, fully stocked rest stops and spirited festivities!
  • Ride: Register online then invite friends and family to join you!
  • Volunteer: Register online or call 907-331-0178.
  • Competitions: Win fantastic prizes for individual and team fundraising in March and April. Visit the “Awards and Incentives” page to learn more.
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February fundraising events a success

WAS_GEN_2016_CA-chocolates-thumbThank you to the 240 guests who attended The Chocolate Affair in Anchorage, Alaska, and The Taste of Hope in Tacoma, Washington, this February.
Guests enjoyed chocolate, art, wine and appetizers while connecting with others to help change the world for people affected by MS. Together, these local community events raised more than $61,000 for programs, services and MS research!

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