April is National Volunteer Appreciation Month! ALL our volunteers are critical to our success, and whether you’ve helped as an intern, an MS Ambassador, an MS Activist, or a volunteer providing support in the office or at an event, we appreciate every one of you and are honored to have you as part of the team. THANK YOU!
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Summer is just around the corner, and while the sunshine might serve as a welcome escape from winter weather, many people with MS experience a temporary worsening of symptoms in heat and humidity. It’s time to plan ahead and prepare strategies for easing these effects, so we can all enjoy summer activities.
MS registry seeks participants
How can you improve clinical care and quality of life for people living with MS and their families? Join the North American Research Committee on Multiple Sclerosis (NARCOMS), a patient registry created in 1993 by the Consortium of Multiple Sclerosis Centers (CMSC). Although more than 37,500 people have joined the registry, more participants are needed for it to be fully representative of people living with MS. Visit the NARCOMS website or call 800-253-7884 to sign up.
Last month's Public Policy Conference (PPC) in Washington, DC was a great success. Nationwide, 350 MS activists, staff and volunteers, including several MS researchers, met with their legislators on Capitol Hill. Locally, six activists from across the Chapter traveled to DC to share their stories with legislators. While there, our Washington activists also personally congratulated Washington State Senator Patty Murray, who received the National MS Society’s Senator of the Year award.
Fundraising: Thanks to all of our Walk MS fundraisers, we have raised $1,097,563 so far towards our $2.1 Chapter-wide goal.
Why we walk: Walk MS Team Captain Trude Lisagor was diagnosed with MS in 1996 after losing all feeling in her legs from the waist down. “I learned to walk again and was able to do my first Walk MS event in 1997 to much cheering,” she says. Read the full story.