Hello, sunshine! There is a lot to celebrate this month from a new home to exciting research news and new programs—read about it all below. For more Society news and activities, visit MSnorthwest.org or facebook.com/MSnorthwest.org.
The Montana office is moving!
The Chapter’s Montana office is relocating to 3203 3rd Ave. N., Ste. 203 (inside the KTVQ building) in Billings. Regular office hours of 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. will resume Monday, July 18. The building is fully accessible and has plenty of visitor parking, so please stop by and visit us in our new space!
Positive results for people with aggressive, relapsing MS
Researchers in Canada have published results of a long-term stem cell trial. The study involved 24 people with aggressive relapsing-remitting MS whose disease was not controlled with available therapies. Additional research is focusing on figuring out who might benefit from this procedure and how to reduce its risks.
Society receives $3 million gift for personal advocate program
The Society has received a significant life-changing gift that will establish and fund the Edward M. Dowd Personal Advocate Program, to accelerate expansion of personalized case management for people living with MS who need specialized services regardless of where they live.
Introducing the Everyday Matters program
Have you heard of positive psychology? Do you know the best way to cultivate positive feelings, behaviors and emotions? The Everyday Matters program aims to increase participants’ knowledge about positive psychology to enhance well-being and decrease depressive symptoms. Participants will also learn how to apply these principles to address everyday challenges of living with MS. Read more to find a program near you.
Bike MS: Good for the body, soul...and workplace
Get your colleagues together for Bike MS and ride to increase wellness, volunteer to show your support of the local community, or sponsor to propel us toward a world free of MS even faster. Read Tommy Bahama’s story for a little inspiration and to learn how a "fun bike ride" became "a wellness, team and brand building activity that contributes to the community."
Walk MS 2016: It’s a wrap!
More than 11,000 people throughout the Northwest came together this spring to rally, cheer and connect while raising awareness and money for a world free of MS. Participants have raised $1,806,994.70 through Walk MS so far, with two more walks still scheduled at the end of the summer in Alaska and Montana. Thank you to everyone who participated, volunteered and donated to make Walk MS 2016 so successful!