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June 2016

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The first 24 Walk MS events and Bike MS: Hope to a Cure were a great success, thanks to everyone who participated, volunteered, donated and raised awareness! Now we’re excited to move on to our final two Walk MS events and three more Bike MS rides scheduled for the end of the summer. Join us—there’s a place for everyone! For other Society news and activities, visit or

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68 local students receive Society scholarships

WAS_2016_eNews-June16-scholar-thumbThe Society recently announced that over $1 million was awarded to 815 scholars nationwide through the 2016-2017 school year scholarship program. Locally, all 50 returning scholars received funding in addition to 18 new scholars.

We are proud to recognize the determination, success and ambition of these extraordinary students, like Christina Weaver. In 2014, while Christina was already balancing school, work and raising her two kids, she was diagnosed with MS. This scholarship will help her take a year-long unpaid study leave from her job so she can focus on finishing her degree.


Highlights from the Academy of Neurology’s annual meeting

WAS_2016_eNews-June16-AANmtg-thumbMore than 11,000 neurologists and other researchers from around the world gathered for the American Academy of Neurology’s (AAN) annual meeting in April. A few highlights from the meeting include:

  • Several large sessions focused on emerging therapies, myelin repair strategies, pediatric MS, and new approaches to addressing symptoms that impact the quality of life for people with MS. Explore scientific summaries (abstracts) on the AAN’s website.
  • The National MS Society/American Academy of Neurology’s 2016 John Dystel Prize for MS Research was awarded to Professor Claudia Lucchinetti for driving advances in the neuropathology of MS – how the disease damages brain and spinal cord tissues – and translating this understanding into better care for people with MS. Dr. Lucchinetti will also be featured as the keynote speaker at the Regional MS Summit in Seattle this weekend. Read more about her major contributions to MS research.


Bike MS is rolling!

WAS_2016_eNews-June16-AKBikeMS-thumbMore than 80 cyclists braved wind and rain to conquer Bike MS: Hope to a Cure 2016 in Girdwood last month. A big thank you to the volunteers who came out and helped keep everyone safe. View the photos! The event has already raised $95,705 with donations still coming in.


Accessible travel

WAS_2015_Oct-eNews-Malcolm-and-debLooking for an easy way to advocate for change? Malcolm and Deb, MS activists from Washington, continue to advocate for more accessible bathrooms on airplanes. Read more about the challenges they’ve faced while traveling, and learn how you can help can change laws to better serve people with disabilities. Have your own story about challenges when traveling by air? Share it! It only takes one voice to inspire change.


Stay at Home Telephone Support Group

WAS_2015_eNews-telephone-support-thumbnailAre you or someone you know living with MS and looking to connect with others from the comfort of home? Dial into this monthly teleconference to meet others living with MS and talk about your questions or concerns in a supportive environment. For more information, contact

Third Wednesday of each month, 1:00 - 2:00 p.m. PST
1-888-279-3775, code 4001#


“Speakeasy” Dinner of Champions raises more than $1.2 million!

WAS_2016_eNews-April16-DOC-thumbOn May 14, more than 300 people put on their glad rags and joined together to help create a world free of MS at the “Speakeasy” Dinner of Champions. The most successful Dinner of Champions yet, attendees raised more than $1.2 million dollars to fund research, programs and services, and college scholarships. View the photos.


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