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The Virginia - West Virginia Chapter works to improve the quality of life for people affected by MS throughout Virginia and West Virginia, as well as three counties in northeastern North Carolina and seven counties in southeastern Kentucky, and raise funds for critical MS research. Join the movement toward a world free of MS.

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MS Awareness Week in Central & Eastern Virginia

February 20, 2014

Multiple Sclerosis Awareness Week is an opportunity for chapters of the National MS Society across the United States to work with their local communities to help raise awareness of MS.  Whether it’s lighting Niagara Falls in orange, spelling “END MS” in a popular downtown skyscraper, or 50 supporters standing outside of New York’s TODAY Show dressed in orange, chapters across the nation find creative ways to help raise awareness of this disease. 

MS IN THE NEWS

In 2013, the chapter contacted local news anchors in Richmond and encouraged them to wear orange in support of this week.  In addition to donning that signature orange, many anchors— including Rob Cardwell, CBS 6, Andrew Freiden, NBC 12, Amy Lacey, WRIC 8, Morgan Dean WRIC 8 and Amie McLain, WRIC 8—gave a shout-out to their audience about the National MS Society, multiple sclerosis, and MS Awareness Week through their live telecasts and social media accounts.  This year, the chapter is increasing exposure by reaching out to more anchors in the Richmond and Hampton Roads areas.  Encourage your local anchors (through letters, Facebook posts and tweets) to wear orange during their live broadcast on Monday, March 3 to raise MS Awareness!

FLAG DOWN MS

Because EVERY CONNECTION COUNTS, the chapter would like to invite you to join us as we put together a visual display to spread awareness about MS.  At Flag Down MS, we will CONNECT and decorate a prominent location with orange flags to represent those living with MS in the area. 

March 2 @ 4:30-6:00 PM
Richmond: Innsbrook—Median of Cox Road past Innslake Drive, Glen Allen, VA 23060

March 3 @ 5-6:30 PM
Hampton Roads: Thalia Lynn Baptist Church—4392 Virginia Beach Boulevard, Virginia Beach, VA 23462

NORFOLK ADMIRALS MS AWARENESS NIGHT

Come out and join us on March 7, 2014 at 7:30 pm for our second annual MS Awareness Night with the Norfolk Admirals—and don’t forget to wear orange! Advanced tickets are available at norfolkadmirals.com through group events, code MS14 (online reduced price tickets available through 5pm March 5). A portion of every ticket sold through our group code will come back to the chapter, so spread the word to your family, friends, and co-workers.

Here are additional ways YOU can help in the effort to raise MS Awareness: 

TAKE ACTION

Contact your legislators and urge them to support issues of importance to you and the MS community.

• Sign up for our monthly MS eNEWS at nationalMSsociety.org/signup for the latest on research, legislation and more that impacts people living with MS.

JOIN AN EVENT

• Learn about Bike MS, Walk MS, and other events taking place by visiting MSVirginia.org

• Or visit DoItYourselfMS.org to find out how to create your own DIY event.

SPREAD AWARENESS

• Connect with others to raise awareness at MSconnection.org.

• Raise MS aWEARness by wearing orange. You could even organize a “Wear Orange” day at your work or school. Need some more orange?  Visit nationalMSsociety.org and click “Store” in the top navigation bar.

• Conduct a Facebook campaign asking your friends to dedicate their status or profile picture.

• Invite your friends and family to become a fan of the Central & Eastern Virginia Chapter on Facebook (www.facebook.com/MSCentralEasternVA) and follow us on Twitter (@MSCentralVA).

• Gather a group of friends outside of a prominent place and splash the area with orange pom-poms and signs announcing MS Awareness Week.

No matter where you live, what you do and who you are, there are lots of ways to participate in MS Awareness Week.

About the Virginia - West Virginia Chapter of the National Multiple Sclerosis (MS) Society

The Virginia - West Virginia Chapter of the National MS Society provides comprehensive programs and advocacy to assist and empower the more than 12,000 individuals with multiple sclerosis residing throughout Virginia and West Virginia, as well as three counties in northeastern North Carolina and seven counties in southeastern Kentucky. The Virginia - West Virginia Chapter is also a driving force of research for the prevention, treatment and cure of MS and contributes funds to support National MS Society research projects worldwide. The Chapter has offices in Richmond, VA; Virginia Beach, VA; Charlottesville, VA; and Charleston, WV.

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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