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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.


Thankful for YOU!

December 5, 2016

It’s been another year of incredible progress in the MS movement. As we approach the dawn of a new year and take stock of 2016 accomplishments, we know that success is due to your inspiration, dedication and hard work. THANK YOU!

  • Nearly 2,000 volunteers donated their energy and expertise, equivalent to the time of 9 additional Society staff members.
  • MS activists worked to protect access to MS treatments, increase access to mobility equipment, improve infrastructure to collect data on the prevalence of MS, and streamline information relating to health care appeals.
  • The MS community came together at four Bike MS rides, 26 Walk MS events, one Run MS Seattle 5K, a record-breaking Dinner of Champions gala, an On the Move Luncheon and two wine and chocolate leadership events. Combined with generous donations from individuals, you helped raise an incredible $7.6 million.
  • More than 5,000 people connected with the Society and each other at education and awareness-building events.


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. Leading the charge are our annual Volunteer Award recipients:


  • John Ferguson, Volunteer of the Year
  • Mike Irmen, MS Achievement
  • Marti Garrett, Distinguished Service
  • Trek Bicycle Store of Anchorage, Corporate Partner of the Year
  • The Lakefront Anchorage, Corporate Partner of the Year


  • Kristina Kirschenmann, Volunteer of the Year
  • Keri Link, MS Achievement
  • D.A. Davidson, Distinguished Service
  • Billings Clinic, Corporate Partner of the Year

Inland Northwest

  • Veronica Van Auch, Volunteer of the Year
  • Pat and Rich Williams, MS Achievement
  • Spokane Rotary Club 21, Distinguished Service
  • Rockwood Clinic, Corporate Partner of the Year
  • Ruth Kirk, Outstanding Fundraiser of the Year

Western Washington

  • Mike and Trude Lisagor, Volunteers of the Year
  • Joyce Buell, MS Achievement
  • John Chihak and Dan McCarley, Distinguished Service
  • Expeditors International, Corporate Partner of the Year

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

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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