MS Challenge Walk: July update

Written by on July 29, 2009 at 9:07 am

The NMSS emails monthly updates of Challenge Walk progress and events. Here's the archived email of the July update.

Dear MS Challenge Walkers and Crew,

The MS Challenge Walk is only two months away!

By accepting the challenge, you are not only about to embark on an experience that will truly change your life, but you are helping to create a world free of MS. When it's all over, you will look back and be astonished by how many miles you walked, how many friends you made, and how much of an impact you have had on the lives of people living with MS.

Regardless of whether you are a walker or crew, we would ask you to consider the impact of your involvement. As a national movement, we are constantly making strides to create a world free of MS. To find out more about how your participation is moving us forward, click here:


DUE AUGUST 1st: Participation Confirmation and Housing Form

The Participation Confirmation and Housing Form is now online. All walkers and crew participating in the MS Challenge Walk must complete this form, regardless of where you are staying during the event weekend by August 1st. Please click here to complete this important form if you have not done so already. Thank you in advance for your attention and prompt response.

Every Crew is a Super Crew

We are encouraging all crew members at the Challenge Walk to become a member of the Super Crew. A member of the Super Crew is someone who raises at least $200 for the MS Challenge Walk. Last year, crew members raised over $50,000 for the MS Challenge Walk. Members of the Super Crew will receive a Super Crew cap and 2009 pin to commemorate their success. As of right now, we only have a handful of Super Crew and would like to add more, so please send in your donations!

September 10th Early Check-In Party

For those of you arriving to the Cape Thursday evening, please join us at the Cape Codder Resort and Spa (6 PM — 9 PM) for an early check-in gathering. Pick up your walker/crew credentials and sign the appropriate waiver forms, drop off your change of clothes bag, and meet other walkers and crew! Enjoy catering provided by the resort on the outdoor patio! We hope to see you there.

Cape Codder Resort and Spa
1225 Iyannough Road
Hyannis, MA
Route 132 & Bearse's Way
(888) 297-2200

Training Walks

For each Challenge Training Walk you attend, your fundraising account will be credited 50 "bonus bucks!"

NEW: August 22: Cape Cod Canal Training Walk Sponsored by EMD Serono! Start/Finish at the Buzzards Bay Recreation Area for a 14-mile walk.

August 22: Minuteman Bike Trail, Lexington, MA. Start and finish at the Greater Boston Running Company. Get a 20% discount on all purchases made that day and 10% off all purchases made during the summer!

If you are interested in walking in any of these training walks, please contact the MS Challenge Walk Team to sign up.

If you are a Crew member and would like to help out at one of these MS Challenge training walks, please contact the MS Challenge Walk Team.

Challenge Has Talent

Time to dust off your tap shoes and find your baton. New in 2009: "Challenge Has Talent." Join us on Friday afternoon, September 11th under the big tent for a Challenge Walk Talent Show. Walkers and Crew members are invited to show off their talents (karaoke will be available). If you and/or your team has a talent they would like to show off, please contact the MS Challenge Walk Team at with any music you may need and we will put you on the schedule!

Team Contest!

The MS Challenge Walk Team that recruits the most NEW WALKERS to their team will receive special benefits the weekend of the walk. Benefits will include recognition at the Challenge Walk start and reserved tables at the evening programs. There is a 3 way tie for 1st place!

Here are the standings as of today:

  • EMD Serono Striders: 7 new walkers
  • Bonnie's Believers: 7 new walkers
  • WWW (Walk With Wendy): 7 new walkers
  • The Lombardi Party: 4 new walkers
  • The Miss Fits: 4 new walkers
  • Team Babci: 4 new walkers

RESULTS of the Early Bird Fundraising Contest

Congratulations to our winner, Emily Cullinan, who raised the full $1,500 minimum on or before July 15th! She will receive the tickets to see the Beach Boys in concert.

Social Networking

Social networking sites offer ways to connect online with your friends and family, share your hobbies, and meet new people with similar interests. They enable you not only to keep in touch with the friends you've made at past walks, but also to find training buddies in your geographic area. Whether you are an experienced walker looking to share your stories, a first-time walker needing some support, or someone who is considering signing up, you will find a welcoming community in these social networking sites. Check out this new page on the MS Challenge Walk website!

Thank You

Please let us know if you need any help reaching your goals. The MS Challenge Walk Team would be more than happy to speak with you to determine the fundraising method that would be most effective for you.

National MS Society
Central New England Chapter
101A First Avenue, Suite 6
Waltham, MA 02451

Kara is the former Development Coordinator for the Greater New England Chapter of the National Multiple Sclerosis Society.

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