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:
• 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.
• 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.
• 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.