During March 2012, buy an ‘Orange Blossom®’ bouquet from one of 48 Edible Arrangements stores in N.H. and Mass., and $5 will be donated to the National MS Society for each order. This special donation campaign applies only to stores in Massachusetts and New Hampshire, and via this dedicated webpage: www.EdibleArrangements.com/ms (product codes: 1025, 1064 or 1066).
No need to wait for a special occasion, order in advance for delivery on upcoming birthdays, anniversaries, thank you gifts, and more. Give an Orange Blossom, and ‘Share What You Know!”
Thanksgiving Day, 2011
More than 1,300 runners turned out for the 14th annual Boston Volvo 5K Road Race the morning of November 24 to benefit the National Multiple Sclerosis Society. The chip-timed and USATF-certified course started and finished at Boston Volvo Village in Brighton, and raised more than $70,000. Led by Ray Ciccolo, owner of the Village Automotive Group, the race began at 9 a.m. The top male finisher was Ryan Place of Cambridge and the top female finisher was Brielle Chabot of Brighton. State Rep Kevin Honan (17th Suffolk) was in attendance to thank Ciccolo and the members of his District for joining the movement to create a world free of MS.
Join us on Thanksgiving morning for a great run!
On January 23, a group of 90 Genzyme employees constructed 11 rocking chairs, plus decorated blankets and tote bags to give to individuals with MS. The employees are part of Genzyme’s dedicated Global Medical MS Team. Along with the rocking chairs, blankets, and tote bags, Genzyme generously donated $5,000 to the National MS Society. Chapter President Arlyn White, and Executive Vice Presidents Lori Espino and Linda Guiod attended the event and met Genzyme’s CEO, David Meeker. Arlyn addressed the audience, informing them of our Chapter’s widespread efforts in fundraising and in providing programs and services to people with MS. In addition, Bike MS: Cape Cod Getaway rider Marleigh Brown shared a moving testimony of how MS affects her life and her grandmother’s. The Chapter looks forward to a very productive partnership with Genzyme, as the company anticipates FDA approval of a new MS medication sometime this year.
From dinner dances to golf tournaments, much of our fundraising efforts are by people in the local community who take it upon themselves to plan, organize, and execute events. These events help to support our mission to end the devastating effects of multiple sclerosis. To learn how to do a fundraiser to benefit the National Multiple Sclerosis Society or to find out about a fundraiser in your community, please contact Kristin Kostecki at firstname.lastname@example.org or 1-800-344-4867. Or visit the “DO IT YOURSELF FUNDRAISING” site.
In his own words...
Cameron, from Milford, Mass., shares his story of raising money for Walk MS.
Two years ago I and another kid had started a lemonade stand to raise money for my mom’s disease. I wanted to raise money really bad because it’s a serious disease and my mom needed help and so did everybody else that had MS. So in the early spring of 2010 we had our own lemonade stand. We made big posters and passed out flyers to get more people’s attention. We did it right in front of my old house. Then when we remembered we had the MS bracelets we brought those out and started selling them. Some people didn’t buy lemonade instead they just donated money to be nice. We had raised a little over two hundred dollars. I knew we did well but I felt we could raise more.
The next year we did the lemonade stand I felt like I knew more about what I was doing it for. We passed out even more flyers and posted posters all over town. I would say at least one-hundred people came. My favorite part was that I achieved my goal of raising more money than the past year. We raised five-hundred fifty dollars and change. So if you follow your dream then if you try really hard you will achieve your goal.