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January 2016

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Happy new year! 2016 is starting off with a bang as we jump feet first into new education programs, Washington State Action Day, awareness and event season, and the second annual Run MS in Seattle, Chocolate Affair in Alaska and Taste of Hope in Tacoma. Join in the activities and keep up with all the exciting Society news by visiting or

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Unprecedented MS research campaign a success

WAS_2016_eNews-Jan-NOW-thumbThe Society has been described as THE catalyst in MS research progress, having invested over $900 million in MS research since being founded in 1946. Thanks to generous donors, the Society’s No Opportunity Wasted (NOW) Research Campaign has generated more than a quarter of that total in just the past 5 years. This significant increase in investments has already started to change the world for people with MS:
  • 5 new treatments for relapsing-remitting MS
  • MS treatment pipeline is larger than ever before
  • 3 promising myelin repair treatments in trials
  • First large trial of a treatment showing benefits for primary-progressive MS
  • 200 genetic variants linked to MS
  • Several risk factors for MS confirmed

2016 Webinar & Telelearning Series begins

Webinar & TelelearningThe 2016 Webinar & Telelearning Series brings together a collaboration of MS experts to help everyone living with MS learn strategies to live their best lives. Each free webinar and telelearning program, brought to you by the Society and Can Do MS, features two presenters and a Q&A session. Registration is now open for programs through February: WAS_GEN_2014_Learn-more-button

Dr. Eugene May: Health Professional Volunteer of the Year

Dr. MayFor the second time in six years, Dr. Eugene May was inducted in to the National MS Society’s Volunteer Hall of Fame. While Dr. May was recognized for his contributions to Advocacy in 2009, he was more recently acknowledged for the exceptional care he provides to people with MS when he received the Health Professional Hall of Fame award last November.


State Action Day is next month

WAS_2016_eNews-Jan-rundstrom-thumbLong-time MS activist, Gayle Rundstrom, knows how to connect with others— “Make contacts... friends, family, Facebook, Twitter. Use every means you can,” she advises. Gayle is an MS activist because she wants “to find treatments, and eventually a cure, for MS” and she’s using her relationship-building skills to move the Society’s advocacy efforts forward.

Read more about Gayle and how she raises awareness of MS through advocacy, then join her at State Action Day on Feb. 2. Your participation will help us advocate for critical issues affecting the MS community, like ensuring access to quality, affordable health care and improving tools that help people living with MS make the best decisions for their care. Register today!


Let the competitions begin

WAS_2016_eNews-Jan-walk-thumbJanuary marks the official start of Walk MS, Run MS and Alaska Bike MS season! We have a big goals this year and it’s going to take all of us to reach them!

This year we’re mixing things up with monthly challenges for registering, recruiting others and fundraising in the months leading up to the event. Get ready, get set … the first competition starts Jan. 8 for Walk MS, Jan. 15 for Bike MS: Hope to a Cure, and Jan. 18 for Run MS!

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Scholarship applications due Jan. 15

Scholarship ProgramThe deadline for scholarship applications for the 2016-2017 school year is quickly approaching! Read about the Society’s top scholars here.

Applications must be submitted online by Jan. 15.

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