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The Greater Northwest Chapter works to improve the quality of life for people affected by MS in Alaska, Northern Idaho, Montana and Washington and raise funds for critical MS research. Join the movement toward a world free of MS.


Celebrating You at Connecting for a Cure

October 29, 2015

Over the past year, Chapter volunteers have dedicated a total of 17,000 hours to moving the mission of the Society forward. As a way to honor these volunteers and community members, the Chapter hosted four appreciation events across Alaska, Idaho, Montana and Washington where more than 185 guests came together to make connections and celebrate one another.

In addition to celebrating our collective successes in 2015 and approving the 2016 Board of Trustees, we honored some very special individual and corporate partners at each of the events.


  • Neil Lamothe, Volunteer of the Year
  • Access Alaska, Distinguished Service
  • FedEx, Corporate Partner
  • Antonia Fowler, MS Achievement


  • Marijane Bonawitz, Volunteer of the Year
  • St. Vincent Healthcare, Distinguished Service
  • Lithia Chrysler Jeep Dodge of Billings, Corporate Partner
  • Lora Waid, MS Achievement


  • Dan Good, Volunteer of the Year
  • Bike the US for MS, Distinguished Service
  • Cermit Rickey, MS Achievement


The following individuals have also been recognized nationally in 2016 for their outstanding contributions to the Society’s mission:

  • Jim O’Donnell, Lifetime Achievement Award (over 35 years of service!)
  • Haggen Food & Pharmacy, Volunteer Hall of Fame—Funding the Mission
  • Doug Toelle, Volunteer Hall of Fame—Advocacy
  • Dr. Eugene May, Volunteer Hall of Fame—Healthcare Professional
  • The Alvord Family, Philanthropic Family of the Year

Congratulations to all the award winners and THANK YOU for your commitment to a world free of MS!

Thanks to the incredible commitment of all our volunteers and community members, people affected by MS can live their best lives as we stop MS in its tracks, restore what has been lost and end MS forever. Together, a world free of MS is within our grasp.

We look forward to carrying this work forward in the next year to provide options, support and hope for local people and families affected by MS. Don’t miss a bit of it—bookmark the Chapter calendar of events on our website and “Like” us on Facebook today!

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

The Greater Northwest Chapter of the National MS Society was founded in 1958 and provides comprehensive programs, services and advocacy to assist and empower the over 15,000 people living with MS and more than 90,000 others who are affected by MS in Alaska, Northern Idaho, Montana and Washington. The Greater Northwest Chapter is also a driving force of research for the prevention, treatment and cure of MS and contributes funds to support more than 380 National MS Society research projects worldwide. The Chapter has offices in Anchorage, Billings, Seattle and Spokane serving the Alaska, Northern Idaho, Montana and Washington communities.

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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