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Welcome to MS Challenge Talk, a weekly audio recording that shares the stories and experiences of veterans of those who have walked 3 days and 50 miles to bring the world closer to a cure for multiple sclerosis, courtesy the National MS Society's MS Challenge Walk. Find our shows below or subscribe in Apple iTunes!

 

Jumpstart Your Fundraising with Sue McCook, Ann Scannell, Steve Urquhart

Written by on February 4, 2013 at 9:00 am

Didn't attend the Jumpstart Your Fundraising meeting on January 26? Not a problem! We recorded the best advice, inspiration, and success stories for how you can fundraise toward a cure for multiple sclerosis.

In this audio recording, you'll hear from Sue McCook about how to recruit restaurants and bars to your fundraising efforts; Ann Scannell about her team's fundraising efforts; and Steve Urquhart about corporate donations and company matching.

Stay tuned for more episodes of MS Challenge Talk!

Welcome to MS Challenge Talk, a weekly audio recording that shares the stories and experiences of veterans of those who have walked three days and 50 miles to bring the world closer to a cure for multiple sclerosis, courtesy the National MS Society's MS Challenge Walk. You can subscribe to the show for free in Apple iTunes!

Jumpstart Your Fundraising with Michael Derick, Ken Gagne, Donn Hockman

Written by on January 28, 2013 at 9:00 am

Didn't attend the Jumpstart Your Fundraising meeting on January 26? Not a problem! We recorded the best advice, inspiration, and success stories for how you can fundraise toward a cure for multiple sclerosis.

In this audio recording, you'll hear from Michael Derick about why he does the walk and how to recruit for your team; Ken Gagne on how to expand your fundraising network; and Donn Hockman on how to host sustainable fundraising events.

Stay tuned next week for more excerpts from this MS Challenge Walk brainstorming session!

Welcome to MS Challenge Talk, a weekly audio recording that shares the stories and experiences of veterans of those who have walked three days and 50 miles to bring the world closer to a cure for multiple sclerosis, courtesy the National MS Society's MS Challenge Walk. You can subscribe to the show for free in Apple iTunes!

What's in a podcast name?

Written by on September 24, 2012 at 11:14 am

When it comes to naming something, I'm better at quantity over quality. Whether it's a book, dog, slogan, or podcast, I'll throw out dozens of awful ideas and ask someone with more sense which one is the least bad.

Take for example these team names I proposed back in 2009, from which my teammate Tracy selected "MSChief Makers"

  • MSbehavior
  • MScreants
  • MSfits
  • MSchief Makers
  • MSery Loves Company

In the instance of launching this blog back in 2009, I started off with what Internet domain I would want to register, since a site's Web address can determine how easily it is found by both users and search engines like Google. Todd Krohne made the final selection from these candidates:

  • threedaysfiftymiles.org
  • challengeblog.org
  • challengewalkers.org
  • mschallengewalkNE.org
  • MAchallengewalk.com

Three years later, we decided to add a podcast to the show. Danielle Kempe and I had to choose from these suggested names:

  • Talking for a Cure
  • The Challenge Talk
  • Walk the Walk, Talk the Talk
  • Talk the Walk
  • The Walkthrough

It was suggested that "Talking for a Cure" might capitalize on Google searches for The Talking Dead, a television show and podcast about the AMC television series The Walking Dead. But we were launching an interview series about multiple sclerosis, not zombies, and we decided to avoid that overlap as much as possible, lest we confuse our visitors.

Once we settled on MS Challenge Talk, I went to register challengetalk.org. Like any good online business, my registrar tried to upsell me by asking if I wanted to corner the market by purchasing several similar-sounding domain names. The list of suggestions read like a thesaurus run amok:

Suggested alternatives for ChallengeTalk.org

My favorites: "Dare Chat", "Venture Talk", and "Hazard Call".

I wonder how Danielle would've felt about talking to me on any of those shows??

Ken, an Arlington resident, joined the MS Challenge Walk in 2005, more than a decade after his mother was diagnosed. After walking for three years and 150 miles, he switched to the support crew and now rides his bicycle along the trail, providing whatever encouragement (and snacks!) he can to the 600 walkers. He is also an alumnus of the event's steering committee and is this site's webmaster.

Talking with first-timers

Written by on September 17, 2012 at 9:00 am

Rebecca UrquhartWelcome to MS Challenge Talk, a weekly audio recording that introduces you to the people and stories behind MS Challenge Walk.

This week, host Ken Gagne speaks with walkers and crew who participated in their first-ever MS Challenge Walk in 2012 about what brought them to the cause, how they trained for the undertaking, and their experiences on the trail. Those who spoke to Ken en route to the finish line include Rebecca Urquhart, Ashley Doyle, Trevor Fairbaugh, Rose Milefsky, Jodi Dwyer, Anne Marie Rogers, Colleen Fitzpatrick, Tigger, Sarah Matera, and Emily Flanders.

Welcome to MS Challenge Talk, a weekly audio recording that shares the stories and experiences of veterans of those who have walked three days and 50 miles to bring the world closer to a cure for multiple sclerosis, courtesy the National MS Society's MS Challenge Walk. You can subscribe to the show for free in Apple iTunes!

Talking with Carolyn Rossi

Written by on September 3, 2012 at 9:00 am

Carolyn RossiWelcome to MS Challenge Talk, a weekly audio recording that introduces you to the people and stories behind MS Challenge Walk.

This week, host Ken Gagne speaks with Carolyn Rossi, captain of Walk With Wheels. When Carolyn was diagnosed with MS thirteen years ago, her friends wanted to do something to help. But how could she let them do something she wasn't willing to do herself? She signed up for MS Challenge Walk — and has been tackling it from her red wheelchair every year since. The only help she accepts is knowing her husband is on bicycle crew and her son Ethan is cheering her on; with that support, she tackles every hill herself, refusing to lie down on the job, determined to see a day when there is no more need for this event.

This is the final episode of MS Challenge Talk. Thank you to all our guests and listeners for having been a part of this wonderful series of interviews!

Welcome to MS Challenge Talk, a weekly audio recording that shares the stories and experiences of veterans of those who have walked three days and 50 miles to bring the world closer to a cure for multiple sclerosis, courtesy the National MS Society's MS Challenge Walk. You can subscribe to the show for free in Apple iTunes!

Talking with Sara Bromley

Written by on August 27, 2012 at 9:00 am

Sara BromleyWelcome to MS Challenge Talk, a weekly audio recording that introduces you to the people and stories behind MS Challenge Walk.

This week, host Ken Gagne speaks with Sara Bromley, captain of Sara's Steele. Sara participated in her first MS Challenge Walk in 2011. Despite being an employee of the National MS Society's Connecticut chapter, she tackled the event with the same training and fundraising requirements as any walker. In this interview, hear her speak from the three perspectives of a patient with MS, a walker, and an NMSS employee.

Welcome to MS Challenge Talk, a weekly audio recording that shares the stories and experiences of veterans of those who have walked three days and 50 miles to bring the world closer to a cure for multiple sclerosis, courtesy the National MS Society's MS Challenge Walk. You can subscribe to the show for free in Apple iTunes!

Talking with Deb Flanagan

Written by on August 20, 2012 at 9:00 am

Jerry & Deb FlanaganWelcome to MS Challenge Talk, a weekly audio recording that introduces you to the people and stories behind MS Challenge Walk.

This week, host Ken Gagne speaks with Debra Flanagan of Jerry's Jems. Deb walks every year in honor of her father, who has lived with MS since before Deb can remember. In this interview, she talks about what is "normal" for a family with MS, what she gets from her NMSS family and on Facebook that she can't find anywhere else, and why Jerry's Jems doesn't feel competitive with other teams — because we're all on the same team: "The ultimate goal is getting rid of MS. Getting a cure. Getting it gone — donezo — complete — put with the dinosaurs — seeya later."

Also this week, hear from Brenda Barbour, the NMSS Greater New England Chapter's Associate Vice President of Volunteer Development, in an excerpt from last week's crew meeting as she prepares her volunteers for an amazing event.

Welcome to MS Challenge Talk, a weekly audio recording that shares the stories and experiences of veterans of those who have walked three days and 50 miles to bring the world closer to a cure for multiple sclerosis, courtesy the National MS Society's MS Challenge Walk. You can subscribe to the show for free in Apple iTunes!

Talking with Judy Lecesse

Written by on August 13, 2012 at 9:00 am

Judy LecesseWelcome to MS Challenge Talk, a weekly audio recording that introduces you to the people and stories behind MS Challenge Walk.

This week, host Ken Gagne speaks with Judy Lecesse of Cocktails for a Cure. Having previously served on the crew as a member of the "lunch bunch", Judy is making MS Challenge Walk 2012 the first time she'll join her team's walkers in strolling 50 miles across Cape Cod. How does she go from no required fundraising to $1,500 minimum? By selling jewelry! Listen to her sales pitch and the interactions she has with her family-based team in this interview.

Also check out the travel & information guide for details about the walk weekend and its logistics!

Welcome to MS Challenge Talk, a weekly audio recording that shares the stories and experiences of veterans of those who have walked three days and 50 miles to bring the world closer to a cure for multiple sclerosis, courtesy the National MS Society's MS Challenge Walk. You can subscribe to the show for free in Apple iTunes!