Albany, NY – Walking is a challenge for Randy Stein, but this will not keep him from participating in Walk MS 2014. Stein is a volunteer at the forefront of the movement against multiple sclerosis, a chronic and unpredictable disease of the central nervous system. Stein is all too familiar with the disease since he was diagnosed with MS in 2008.
“I have benefited from new treatments,” said Stein, “but the disease has still impacted my ability to move.”
Despite the challenges the disease presents, Stein has always made an effort to volunteer with the National MS Society Upstate New York Chapter. Stein volunteers at the chapter’s key fundraising events: Walk MS and Bike MS. He is also an MS Activist and serves as the chairman of the Albany area Government Relations Committee. In 2012, Stein was awarded the chapter’s Norman Cohn Hope Award in recognition of his tremendous volunteerism.
“Following my diagnosis, I wanted to make an immediate contribution to the Society and its mission,” said Stein, “and I still volunteer any way that I can.”
As Walk MS 2014 quickly approaches, Stein is gearing up for his sixth consecutive event. Although Stein cannot walk in the event, he will volunteer as a ham radio operator which he has done for the past five years. His job is to ensure the safety of all the participants. At Walk MS, Stein closely follows the Walk MS participants; he reports their position as they progress through the course and is always prepared to radio for assistance.
Stein’s aptitude for communication via radio is not surprising since he served in the navy as a radio operator and technician on the USS Tullibee, a nuclear-powered attack submarine. Stein is also a member of the local ham radio community.
“Ham radio is a personal hobby of mine,” said Stein, “and I am happy to use my skills to make sure Walk MS runs smoothly.”
Ever advocating for the MS movement, Stein openly encourages people living with MS and their families and friends to contribute to the movement against MS.
“Everyone knows a relative, friend, acquaintance, or co-worker who is living with MS,” said Stein, “so everyone should get out there and help with the fundraising efforts and help the MS Society do something about this disease.”
If you’re interested in joining Walk MS as a volunteer or as a participant, you can register on site the day of the event, or online at walkMSupstateny.org.
“We need help with Walk MS,” says Stein. “I’d love to see more people come out and volunteer in the future, we can all contribute in some capacity.”
What: Walk MS 2014
Where: Albany, 580 Albany Shaker Rd, Colonie, NY 12212, or Saratoga, 342 Jefferson St,
Saratoga Springs, NY 12866
When: Sunday, May 4; registration 9 a.m.; opening ceremony 9:55 a.m.
How: Participants can register on site the day of the event, or online at
For more information or to arrange an interview, contact Ashley Greenman, Senior Manager of Community Engagement, 585-271-0805 (x70322), Ashley.Greenman@nmss.org.