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Free One-Day JUMPSTART® IN MOTION Program in Springfield, MA

June 6, 2014

Jennifer Myers, Director of Marketing & Communications
Can Do Multiple Sclerosis 
Can Do Multiple Sclerosis Presents a Free One-Day JUMPSTART® IN MOTION Program in Springfield, MA – Saturday, July 19, 2014
Program held in collaboration with the National MS Society – Greater New England & Connecticut Chapters
Avon, Colo. • May 1, 2014 – Can Do Multiple Sclerosis is excited to present a free one-day JUMPSTART IN MOTION Program on Saturday, July 19, 2014, in Springfield, MA at the Sheraton Springfield Monarch Place Hotel. JUMPSTART IN MOTION is an educational and interactive program where people living with MS and their support partners learn the knowledge, skills and tools to adopt healthy lifestyle behaviors and actively co-manage their MS. This particular program will focus on movement and mobility issues and will offer a special session for support partners to specifically address their concerns. In collaboration with the National MS Society – Greater New England and Connecticut Chapters, JUMPSTART IN MOTION provides presentations, workshops and interactive sessions so participants can learn to move forward beyond the challenges of their MS.
“Traditional medical models for managing chronic disease tend to overlook many important aspects of living with MS, including the emotional, interpersonal, mental and social health of a patient,” said Lauri O’Brien, Director of Programs, Can Do MS. “We offer a comprehensive, personalized and interdisciplinary approach to enable people to become active co-managers of their health and well-being.”
Can Do MS connects the expertise of industry professionals across the field of MS care management including neurologists, psychologists, occupational and physical therapists, speech and language pathologists, registered nurses, physicians and nutritionists. Each JUMPSTART IN MOTION Program is customized to cover topics ranging from exercise, physical activity, mobility, goal-setting and maintaining motivation and emotional well-being.
Scheduled Presentations and Workshops:
  • Feel, Deal, Heal and Zeal: The MS Growth Path – David Rintell, Ed.D.
  • Invisible Symptoms: Pain and Fatigue Management – David E. Jones, MD
  • Staying Mobile as a Family – Maureen Devereaux, OTR/L, CES
  • Support Partner Workshop – David Rintell, Ed.D.
The support partner workshop provides a unique opportunity for a spouse, parent, sibling, friend, neighbor, etc., to not only expand their own understanding of MS, but to actively participate in identifying their needs, goals, concerns and challenges to live fully with MS together.
This program is limited to 100 participants and will fill quickly. Lunch will be provided, and there is a daily parking fee of $5 per car. Can Do MS’s JUMPSTART IN MOTION Program is sponsored by Acorda Therapeutics (Nasdaq: ACOR).
Please register online at, or call Anne Lee at 800-367-3101 ext. 1281. A national nonprofit organization based in Avon, Colorado, Can Do Multiple Sclerosis is an innovative provider of lifestyle empowerment programs that empower people with MS and their support partners to transform and improve their quality of life. For more information, visit the organization’s website at or call 800-367-3101.

About the Greater New England Chapter of the National Multiple Sclerosis (MS) Society

The National MS Society mobilizes people and resources to drive research for a cure and to address the challenges of everyone affected by MS. The Society’s Greater New England Chapter serves 21,000 individuals and families affected by MS in Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Rhode Island, and Vermont. Early and ongoing treatment with an FDA-approved therapy can make a difference for people with multiple sclerosis. Learn about your options by talking to your health care professional and by contacting the National MS Society at, or 1 800 FIGHT MS (344 4867).

About Multiple Sclerosis

Multiple sclerosis is an unpredictable, often disabling disease of the central nervous system that disrupts the flow of information within the brain, and between the brain and body. Symptoms range from numbness and tingling to blindness and paralysis. The progress, severity and specific symptoms of MS in any one person cannot yet be predicted, but advances in research and treatment are leading to better understanding and moving us closer to a world free of MS. Most people with MS are diagnosed between the ages of 20 and 50, with at least two to three times more women than men being diagnosed with the disease. MS affects more than 2.3 million people worldwide.


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