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This page was last edited 3/2/17

Please read this message to learn about:   

  • National MS Awareness Week March 5 – 13, 2017
  • Walk MS!  Register at or email
  • Spring Wellness Series
  • Our monthly telelearning series: Weight Management and Nutrition on March 14th
  • So much more!

Register today for Walk MS! 

Eleven locations throughout NJ on the weekend of April 29-30, 2017

Scroll through this message to read about the 11 walk locations or click on this link:  

MS Awareness Week: March 5 – 11, 2017

You can help ensure that more people understand what life with MS can be like, and engage more people to do something about it. When we connect with one another, we become stronger than MS — we make breakthroughs that we could not do alone.

What is a breakthrough? It’s being able to button your shirt in the morning. It’s walking to the supermarket, and all the way back home. It’s getting back up on that bike, that surfboard, that horse. It’s having the first dance at your daughter’s wedding. Feeling strong enough to fall in love. Continuing that job you were made for.

Please share your breakthrough stories on any social media with the hashtag #WeareStrongerthanMS. During MS Awareness Week and throughout the year, we’ll bring your post together with those shared by others across the nation, at, where all can find solutions, strength and inspiration through collective experiences.Together we are Stronger.

Together we will Breakthrough MS. 

FREE - National MS Society and Can Do MS Webinar & Telelearning Series

2nd Tuesday of each month 8 – 9:15pm EST. Reserve your spot now!

The 2016 - 2017 Webinar & Telelearning Series brings together a collaboration of MS experts — to help you learn strategies to live your best life with MS. Each free webinar & telelearning program features two presenters with time for Q&A.

Tuesday, March 14, 2017, 8-9:15 pm
Weight Management and Nutrion

Please join us for this informative presentation from a Physical Therapist and a Registered Dietitian-Nutritionist.  Avoiding obesity may reduce likelihood of disability and the worsening of MS symptoms, while making you stronger, happier and more vital! Attendance is limited to the first 1000 registrants that login to the webinar on March 14th. Upon registration, you will receive the weblink and call-in number.

To register or for a complete schedule of upcoming webinars, visit this link:     

If you are not able to view CanDo MS webinars live, then visit CanDo MS’s webinar archives. Watch them on your own time. Visit: 


Get ready to gear up for Spring MS Wellness Classes! 

The National MS Society offers Wellness programs in the New Jersey Metro area.

These programs are for people with MS, and classes are adapted for different abilities. Caregivers/Partners are welcome to participate. There are no fees to attend these classes. Registration is required.  To register, contact a National MS Society Navigator by dialing, 1-800-344-4867, option 1  or by 

Yoga – Warren County, Allamuchy

Rutherfurd Hall / School

1686 Route 517

Allamuchy, NJ 07820

Wednesdays, 6 – 7:00 pm  

March - June 

Yoga – Bergen County, Allendale

Crescent Commons Apartment Complex

303 W. Crescent Avenue

Allendale, NJ 07401

Mondays, 1 – 2:00 pm

March – June

Yoga – Union County, Clark

Clark Municipal Building

430 Westfield Avenue

Clark, NJ 07066

Wednesdays, 11:00 am – 12:00 pm

March - June

Yoga – Monmouth County, Freehold 

Kershaw Commons

6000 Applewood Drive

Freehold, NJ 07728

Tuesdays, 3:30 – 4:30 pm

February - May

Tai Chi – Morris County, Denville

Church of the Saviour

155 Morris Avenue

Denville, NJ 07834

Wednesdays, 1:30 – 2:30 pm

March - June

Tai Chi – Sussex County, Sparta 

First Presbyterian Church of Sparta

32 Main Street

Sparta, NJ 07871

Wednesdays from 10:30 – 11:30 am

March - June

Aquatic Therapy at the Swim-In program, Bergen County, Tenafly

JCC on the Palisades

411 E. Clinton Avenue

Tenafly, NJ 07670

This program has a waitlist. To be added, contact us.

Wednesdays from 1 – 2:30 pm

September – May

For specific dates on wellness classes or more wellness resources, including adaptive programs at Kessler, CentraState and YMCAs, visit our website:  

One Step for MS program - the National MS Society New Jersey Metro area, and the YMCA’s listed below, are proud to collaborate in offering a customized wellness program for individuals with MS. The One Step program is a 12-week, 24-session wellness course designed for adults with MS. One Step aims to provide attendees with a comfortable and accessible environment to encourage empowerment via facilitated conversations, and, through therapeutic exercises, address the issues of fatigue, mobility, weakness and depression. For more information and to register for these programs, contact the YMCA of your choice below:  

For more information and to register for these programs, contact the       following YCMA’s 

To find out if there’s a local YMCA in your area, and if they offer any adaptive exercise classes, click on:  

Wellness Discussion Guide from the National MS Society -   

Connect Through Self-help Groups

The New Jersey Metro Chapter sponsors more than 30 self-help groups in 14 counties. These groups bring together people who share a common life experience for support, education, and mutual aid. Members of self-help groups share a belief that positive personal change happens through individual efforts with the support of others. 

For more information about SHGs, contact the National MS Society at 800-344-4867 or find our local group listings under Groups and Discussions button at:

Department of Community Affairs to Accept Pre-applications for Lottery for the Waiting List for State Rental Assistance Program (SRAP) Vouchers

This would be a huge benefit for people with disabilities who are on a fixed income and needing financial stability to rent a nice apartment.   

DCA posted public notice that they will be accepting pre-applications for the lottery for the Family, Disabled and Elderly waiting lists for the State Rental Assistance Program (SRAP) statewide.   Pre-applications will be accepted starting March 6, 2017 through March 10, 2017, and pre-applications selected in the lottery will be placed on the waiting list. Please note that people may apply for more than one waiting list if they are eligible (for instance, a person with a disability can submit a pre-application for both the Disabled and the Family waiting lists).

 More information including an FAQ can be found here:

Program in Spanish - Please share this with anyone you know who is affected by MS and also speaks Spanish!

Café con Leche 

Café con Leche es un programa gratuito de la Sociedad ofreciendo un grupo de apoyo que se reúne mensualmente por teléfono bajo la dirección de un profesional para todos los hispanohablantes afectados por la esclerosis múltiple y que quieren comunicarse con otros. Para averiguar más o inscribirse, llame al 1-800-344-4867, opción 3. 

Café con Leche is a Society program offering a free monthly professionally led telephone support group for anyone affected by MS who speaks Spanish and wants to connect with others. To learn more or to register, call 1-800-344-4867.

Advocacy Participation 

  • Join the MS Activist Network

Receive updates and action opportunities on federal, state and local policy affecting the MS community. In just a few clicks, you can email your public officials about why an issue is important to you. Click here to join.

  • Become a District Activist Leader

Volunteer to be the face of MS for your elected officials. You'll build and foster critical relationships with elected officials in your legislative district, and helping to solidify the MS grassroots movement across the country. Click here to apply to become a district activist leader.

  • Join the Government Relations Advisory Committee

Volunteer to work strategically and tactically with the MS community and elected officials to change the lives of people impacted by MS. Click here to apply to join the government relations advisory committee.  

RWJ Barnabas Health Ambulatory Care Center hosting activities for MS Awareness Season!

Monday, March 27 – 10am – Diet and MS – A Conversation about Healthy Fats and Low Sodium diets – Speaker: Julianne Chlodinicki, RD (Conference room A/B)

Wednesday, March 29 – 12pm – A Conversation about Physical Therapy and Multiple Sclerosis– Speaker: Jen Lau, MPT  (Conference Room B)

Wednesday March 29 1pm – Lets Talk About: The Importance of a Primary Physician Vanessa Trespalacios, M.D.  Board Certified Internal Medicine  

Thursday, March 30 – 5pm – A Conversation about Alternative Therapies and Multiple Sclerosis– Speaker: Shannon DiCarlo, RN, Lac, DAOM (Conference room A/B)

Tuesday, April 4 – 12pm –Let’s Talk:  Communication (with your partner, friends, MD) and Multiple Sclerosis – Speaker: Debra Mandelbaum, LCSW (Conference Room A)

Thursday, April 6 –  8:30am - Ask the MD: A Conversation with a MS Specialist and our Research Team –  Speaker: Krupa Pandey, MD (Conference Room A)

Please register through Teamlink at 1-888-724-7123 at least 3 days before the scheduled program.

Please contact Lauryn Weinshank, LSW at 973 322 7935 for more information.

All programs will take place the Barnabas Health Ambulatory Care Center

200 South Orange Ave

Livingston, NJ 07039

Disability Connections: Info Fair

The Middlesex County Office of Aging & Disabled Services is planning their 2nd Annual “Disability Connections: An Information & Resource Fair” on Saturday, March 18, 2017 from 10 am – 1 pm. This year it will take place at the Edison Senior Center, 2963 Woodbridge Avenue, Edison, NJ 08817.

We invite adults with disabilities to participate at this free event to obtain first-hand knowledge of who to turn to for answers, resources and support services in your area. Refreshments will be served.  RSVP by March 6th to 732-745-4512 or

Respite Care in Mercer County

Enable Inc., of Mercer County, NJ, is participating in a state-sponsored Respite Care program, providing short-term intermittent relief for caregivers of people age 60 and over who require nursing facility level of care but wish to remain at home.  They must also qualify financially according to state guidelines.  The respite can be provided in a variety of ways: home care, adult day care, short-term stays in assisted living or other options.  Enable's Statewide Respite Care Coordinator can help you determine your eligibility and develop a plan that suits your needs (609-987-5003, ext 145).  

Holy Name Orthotic Clinic 

The physical therapy department of Holy Name Medical Center offers an orthotic clinic for anyone needing to get an ankle foot orthotic or other prescribed brace; patients will be evaluated by physical and occupational therapists; orthotic vendors will be present.  The clinic is held on the second Wednesday of each month.  To make an appointment or to get more information, please call the physical therapy department at 201-833-3085. 

The Personal Assistance Services Program (PASP) 

The PASP provides routine, non-medical assistance to adults with disabilities who are employed, involved in community volunteer work, or attending school. Personal assistants help with tasks such as: light housekeeping, bathing, dressing, preparing meals, shopping, driving or using public transportation. The total number of hours a person can receive is determined based on individual need, up to a maximum of 40 hours/week. For more information, view this webpage:

Caregiver Education & Support Program in Bergen County

The Caregiver Education and Support Program provides in-home professional instruction and support to caregivers entrusted with the responsibilities of caring for someone with a chronic illness, disability, or disease. As there are no income guidelines to qualify, the caregiver must be unpaid and 18 years of age or older. Among the services available are: Nutritionists, Occupational, physical, and speech therapists, Registered nurse, Social worker. Read more about the Bergen County Caregiver Education & Support Program or call 201-336-6504.  

To learn about the variety of services for people with disabilities, in all NJ counties, go to this link:

Arts Unbound is Recruiting Artists! 

Arts Unbound is actively recruiting emerging artists with disabilities for their Artist Development Program. This program is for people living with disabilities who are interested in or currently pursuing a career as a professional artist. All the participants will be expected to commit to developing a career plan, participate in workshops and master classes, and learn how to approach galleries and retailers. Staff will conduct portfolio reviews, promote the participants’ work to galleries, boutiques, and other retailers, license works for reproduction, help artists build online portfolios, and host group art exhibits. 

Artists interested in participating should contact Celene Ryan, Director of Artist Development at Arts Unbound at or at 973-675-2787. You may send up to three images of work that you think represents your strongest efforts. Please also share a little about yourself and your professional goals for the next year.

Free Educational Programs from Pharmaceutical Companies

The National MS Society, New Jersey Metro Chapter is making this information available to you about these pharmaceutical educational opportunities.  The National MS Society, New Jersey Metro Chapter is not sponsoring these programs. The Society has had no role in developing the content of these programs. Register directly with the company hosting the program.


What:  Listen. Learn. Live life with MS

When:  March 7, 2017 at 6:30pm (dinner will be served)

Where:  Stella Marina

800 Ocean Avenue

Asbury Park, NJ 07712

Speaker: Amos Katz, MD

RSVP: Call 866-703-6293



Sponsored by:  Sanofi- Genzyme


What:  An MS Speaker Event

When:  Wednesday, March 8, 6:30pm  Dinner

Where:  Grand Summit Hotel.  Summit, NJ

Speaker:  Dr. Gary Clauser, MD  Lehigh Neurology

RSVP:  1-800-682-7502;; Use code TR399422

Sponsored by:  Sanofi Genzyme Corporation


What: Financial Wellness and Multiple Sclerosis 

When: Thursday, March 9, 2017 6:30 PM - A light meal will be served

Where: Mohawk House Restaurant, 3 Sparta Avenue, Sparta, NJ  07871

Speaker: Mary Ann Picone, MD Medical Director, Holy Name Hospital MS Center

RSVP:  RSVP by Thursday, March 2, 2017

1-800-397-8082 or visit WWW.MSEVENTS.COM

Sponsored by: Acorda Therapeutics


What: Navigating MS

When: Thursday, March 16, 2017,  6pm Registration. Meal and Speaker at

6:30 – 8:30 pm. Free Parking

Where:  Grand Wilshire Hotel, 350 Pleasant Valley Way, West Orange, NJ

Speaker:  Krupa Pandey, MD

RSVP:  1-866-955-9999

Sponsored by:  Biogen


What:  Listen. Learn. Live life with MS

When:  March 24, 2017 at 9:30am (breakfast will be served)

Where:  Mastori’s

144 US 130

Bordentown, NJ 08505

Speaker: Amos Katz, MD

RSVP: Call 866-703-6293




What:  Listen. Learn. Live life with MS

When:  March 24, 2017 at 1:00pm (lunch will be served)

Where:  La Cipolina

16 West Main Street

Freehold, NJ 07728

Speaker: Amos Katz, MD

RSVP: Call 866-703-6293



Sponsored by:  Sanofi- Genzyme


What:  Listen. Learn. Live life with MS

When:  April 7, 2017 at 12:00pm (lunch will be served)

Where:  Danny’s Steakhouse

11 Bridge Avenue

Red Bank, NJ 07701

Speaker: Amos Katz, MD

RSVP: Call 866-703-6293



Sponsored by:  Sanofi- Genzyme


What:  Listen. Learn. Live life with MS

When:  April 12, 2017 at 6:00pm (dinner will be served)

Where:  Salt Creek Grill

4 Bingham Avenue

Rumson, NJ 07760

Speaker: Amos Katz, MD

RSVP: Call 866-703-6293



Sponsored by:  Sanofi- Genzyme


What:  Listen. Learn. Live life with MS

When:  April 14, 2017 at 6:00pm (lunch will be served)

Where:  Massimo’s

1035 Washington Blvd

Robbinsville, NJ 08691

Speaker: Amos Katz, MD

RSVP: Call 866-703-6293



Sponsored by:  Sanofi- Genzyme


Navigating MS

April 20, 2017

6pm Registration. Meal and Speaker at 6:30 – 8:30 pm. Free Parking


588 S. Livingston Ave., Livingston, NJ., 07039

Dr. Krupa Pandey

RSVP: 1-866-955-9999

Sponsored by Biogen

WALK MS 2017 -  Registration Open!

11 walk locations across northern and central NJ

Saturday, April 29, 2017

Liberty State Park, Jersey City

Oak Ridge Park, Clark

Solberg Airport, Readington

Boardwalk, Seaside Park

Sunday, April 30, 2017

Overpeck County Park, Ridgefield Park

Horseshoe Lake Recreation Complex, Roxbury

Orange Reservoir, West Orange

Veterans Park, North Brunswick

Battlefield State Park, Manalapan

Bar Anticipation, Lake Como

Veterans Park, Hamilton

For more information or to register, visit or

Bike MS: Coast the Coast  

Register today!

Join us on May 20th and 21st as we embark on an unforgettable journey along the Jersey Shore. Choose one of five routes and enjoy breathtaking coastal views while passing through seaside towns on flat terrain. With 1,500 cyclists of all ages and riding abilities by your side, you'll experience an incredible level of camaraderie on a ride filled with laughter, excitement, support and a profound sense of accomplishment. Register online at or call (732)-660-1005.  

Registration for Bike MS: Country Challenge is now open!

Registration is now open for Bike MS Country Challenge! Take part in this cycling journey September 16 & 17 through some of NJ’s backroads, historic towns and scenic landscapes. With varying route distances available, this ride is open to cyclists of all levels. Country Challenge will give you everything you look for in a ride – fun, adventure and an experience of a lifetime! Register online at or call (732)660-1005.

MUCKFEST returns to New Jersey this June!

Register today and join the fun – whether it’s your first time or your sixth time – we know you’ll have a MUCKING good time supporting the MS Society.

Registration Link:   

Do it Yourself Fundraising MS

With DIY Fundraising MS you get to take your talents and hobbies and turn them into a fundraising event of your own! Whether you like to play sports, host dinner parties, sell jewelry and crafts, or dance, the possibilities are endless.

No matter what your connection to MS is, we are all in the same fight to raise awareness and funds to end MS forever. Rally your friends, family and coworkers to do something about MS today! For details on how to kick-start your DIY fundraiser contact Julie Falgiano at 732.508.4432 or  

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