Mar 07, 2013
March is MS Awareness Month, a nationwide effort to connect with everyone touched by multiple sclerosis, to educate others about MS, and to raise money in support of research to treat and cure the disease.
Make the most of your connections to generate greater awareness of the disease that touches thousands of lives in Wisconsin. Get involved in some way and encourage others to do the same throughout March (especially during MS Awareness Week, March 11-17). Use this list of ideas to get started or come up with your own. Every connection counts, and anything you do will make a difference.
- Request a Proclamation to have MS Awareness Week declared in your city.
- Sell paper Pin Ups.
- Register for MS Summit on March 16. Invite others to join you to learn more about multiple sclerosis.
- When you do your 2012 taxes, Make a Mark for MS on your form with an anonymous donation. (If everyone diagnosed with MS in Wisconsin donated $10 this way, it would generate more than $100,000 in financial assistance funding!) Print out and post this flier to encourage others to do the same.
- Pick from these digital downloads to promote MS Awareness Week with Facebook badges, web banners, email signatures, blog widgets or new wallpaper for your computer.
- Send a letter to the editor of your local newspaper. Share the story of your connection to MS and ask readers to register for Walk MS or donate through their Wisconsin state income tax forms.
- Contact your local TV stations and ask if their news anchors will wear orange during MS Awareness Week. (The Wisconsin Chapter can help provide contact information.)
- Encourage businesses, customers, friends or teachers to wear orange one day during MS Awareness Week or Month.
- Identify prominent buildings in your city and reach out to ask building management to light them in orange for the week or month.
- “Like” the Wisconsin Chapter’s Facebook page. Invite your friends to like it, too.
- Use your own Facebook page to share the story of your personal connection to MS.
- Follow the Chapter on Twitter (@mssocietyWI). Retweet messages that move you.
- Think MS aWEARness: Wear orange and telling people why you’re wearing it. (Need to add orange to your wardrobe? Click here.)
- Get permission to hold a “wear orange” day at work. Put up signs telling customers why you’re doing it. Or set up a “jeans day” and ask co-workers to pay $1 or $5 in exchange for wearing jeans to work. Donate the money to the Wisconsin Chapter. Hold a bake sale on the same day with proceeds supporting MS-related research, programs and services.
- Share videos via email or Facebook. A few suggestions: MS Impacts Us All, MS Research, or an MS-related event that’s close to your heart such as Walk MS, Bike MS or Challenge Walk MS.
- Sign up to participate in one or more Society events throughout the year: Walk MS in spring, Bike MS: Best Dam Bike Ride in summer, or MuckFest MS or Challenge Walk MS in fall, MS Snowmobile Tour in winter.
- Register as a volunteer at any of this year’s events or in the Chapter’s Hartland office.
- Ask a friend or family member (or two or three or more) to form a team with you for Walk MS, Bike MS, MuckFest MS or Challenge Walk MS
- Sign up for Action Alerts to receive the latest information on legislative issues that affect people living with MS.
- Take a minute to find out about Self-Help Groups in your community. Share the information with anyone you know who is affected by MS and is looking to connect with others.
- Get MS Awareness Week messaging on electronic boards in your community. (The Wisconsin Chapter can provide message and design suggestions).
- Ask local businesses, churches, theaters and others to include MS information in their newsletters, bulletins, playbills, etc.
- Create displays of MS-related material to put up at your local hospital, library or bank. Or set up an information table at your area mall. Share information and encourage people to register for Walk MS or another event. (The Wisconsin Chapter can help provide material.)
- Ask local retailers put MS Awareness Week or Month on their marquee.
- Send an email to five people promoting MS Awareness Month and reminding them that you are their connection to multiple sclerosis.
- Ask your local grocery store to put an MS flyer in their grocery bags, or ask pizza shops to tape one on top of their delivery boxes.
- Ask a local school to create an MS Awareness Week art project. Request your local newspaper or TV station cover it.
- Work with area restaurants for an MS Awareness donation day, where a percentage of the day’s proceeds go to support MS-related research, programs and services.
- Request a speaker from the National MS Society who can present to your civic or business group.
- Hold a coin drive or get permission to sell concessions at a local sporting event. Post signs to let everyone know where the money is going.
- Put orange flowers on your desk at work and share information about MS with anyone who asks about them.
Let us know what you do! We would love to share your photos and stories.