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October 2015

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Did you know that October is Depression Awareness Month? Keep an eye out for information and resources about depression and MS on our website, Facebook page (#depression), Momentum and at throughout the month.

October also brings exciting research updates from the 31st Congress of the European Committee for Treatment and Research in Multiple Sclerosis (ECTRIMS). Stay on top of all the new learnings in real time as blogger Julie Stachowiak and the Society’s research team blog live from the meeting Oct. 7-12 at We hope to “see” you there!

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Now accepting 2016 scholarship applications

ScholarshipsSince 2003, the Society has helped highly qualified students who live with MS or who have a parent with MS achieve their dreams of going to college. This year alone, the Society awarded over $1 million in scholarships to 834 students, 66 of whom are from our Chapter area.

Scholar Alexandra Villagran wrote: “[My mom] has inspired me to excel even in the face of difficulties; I have watched her refuse to let MS hold her back, even though it is by no means easy.”

Read more about Alexandra and five other Society scholars.

Applications for the 2016-2017 school year are available online now and will be accepted through Jan. 15, 2016.


Your research gifts at work

WAS_2015_Oct-eNews-research-thumbnailThe groundbreaking NOW MS Research Campaign is coming to a close at the end of this year, but there’s still work to do. Make a gift to help us reach our $250 million campaign goal and accelerate breakthroughs that will change lives and end MS forever. With your help, we are working to make advancements at home and abroad:

Local: A study by Society-funded local researcher, Dawn M. Ehde, PhD of the University of Washington, found that telephone-delivered interventions reduce MS symptoms by more than 50 percent. Read more.

International: The International Progressive MS Alliance has awarded its second round of 11 grants to collaborative teams of scientists, focused on building the cooperative networks crucial to removing barriers in treatment development for progressive multiple sclerosis. Read more.


Air travel and accessibility challenges

WAS_2015_Oct-eNews-Malcolm-and-debDeb Livesey, who lives with MS, and her husband, Malcolm Cumming, are avid travelers who have taken advantage of some of the perks of flying in a wheelchair (goodbye long security lines, hello to being the first to board). However, the couple encountered challenges on a recent trip, when Deb’s arm was broken during an on-board lavatory transfer. The experience spurred them to advocate for increased accessibility on aircraft and submit an article to Airline that helps tell their story and spread awareness about the issue.

Your story is a powerful tool for changing travel policies that can ease the way for people living with MS. If you’ve experienced problems or challenges while traveling, complete our online survey.


Haggen inducted in to Society Hall of Fame

WAS_WALK_2015_HaggenHaggen Food & Pharmacy will receive the Society’s Volunteer Hall of Fame Award for “Funding the Mission” at November’s Leadership Conference in Texas. Through Walk MS and Bike MS sponsorship, plus an annual “feet sales” campaign, Haggen has contributed over $700,000 to fund programs, services, and research since 2006. Thank you, Haggen!


Does your employer have a charitable giving campaign? See if you can make a charitable donation through payroll deductions, or if your organization offers a United Way program, ask how you can designate your gift to the Society. Learn more about workplace giving.

Café con Leche starts Oct. 20

WAS_2015_Oct-eNews-cafe-con-leche-thumbnailDid you know the Society offers a telephone support group held completely in Spanish? All Spanish-speaking community members living with MS are invited to join from the comfort of your home or office phone. This free group meets monthly from Oct.-July. Topics focus on areas of interest to people living with MS, plus guest speakers will speak about important topics in MS care.


Save the date for Bike MS 2016


Online registration for Bike MS 2016 opens Oct. 13. Find your ride and register at

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