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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!

 

Talking with Jodi Dwyer

Written by on August 6, 2012 at 9:00 am

Jodi DwyerWelcome 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 Jodi Dwyer, captain of The Bean Team. When Jodi was diagnosed with MS just a few years ago, she immediately became an activist, walking the one-day Boston walk and becoming a crew captain at the MS Challenge Walk, where she organized events under the Big Top Tent. This year will mark her first as a walker. In this interview, Jodi discusses why she wasted no time in becoming involved in the NMSS, and how she and her team are transitioning from six miles to fifty.

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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 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 Kim & Tim Tynan

Written by on July 30, 2012 at 9:00 am

Gordon's Team at MS Challenge Walk 2012Welcome 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 Kim Tynan, captain of Gordon's Team, and her husband Tim. When Kim's brother was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis, the family rallied by signing up for the first MS Challenge Walk in 2002. The intervening decade has seen the team and family grow in ways they never expected, with the spirit of the event becoming a part of their lives throughout the year. Learn why the Tynans look forward to being a part of the MS Challenge Walk family every September in this interview.

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 The General

Written by on July 23, 2012 at 9:00 am

John KeefeWelcome 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 John Keefe, known to many as "The General". With his military garb and drill sergeant-like demeanor, The General (or sometimes "Sarge") has been rallying the troops of MS Challenge Walk for more than a decade. In this interview, John commends walkers for not resting on the sidelines and instead doing something to find a cure for his bride's MS, and reflects on the heroes who have inspired him along the trail and the unique challenges that caretakers experience.

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 Jenny McKenzie

Written by on July 16, 2012 at 9:00 am

Ken Gagne and MaryAnn RollingsWelcome 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 Jenny McKenzie, captain of Team Hot Pack. This team of physical therapists made a colorful debut at MS Challenge Walk 2011, vibrantly strolling across the Cape with their hot pink sweat socks and shirts that screamed, "FEEL THE BURN!" Now in their second year, the Hot Pack will again be making the trek from upstate New York to participate in MS Challenge Walk. Listen to where they find their sense of community while residing outside the scope of the NMSS's Greater New England Chapter, and learn about their … unorthodox fundraising events.

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 MaryAnn Rollings

Written by on July 9, 2012 at 9:00 am

Ken Gagne and MaryAnn RollingsWelcome 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 MaryAnn Rollings, otherwise known as "The Flag Lady". Every year, MaryAnn walks 50 miles, accompanied by a walking stick adorned with a growing number of bandannas. And each year, MaryAnn adds to the bandannas another name of someone who inspires her to complete MS Challenge Walk. Listen to her tell the story of how she came to the event and the heroes she's met along the way.

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 Wendy Smith

Written by on July 2, 2012 at 9:00 am

Wendy SmithWelcome 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 Wendy Smith, captain of team Walk With Wendy. With the support of her husband and son and many friends, Wendy has both walked and crewed MS Challenge Walk. In this interview, she discusses the challenges of tackling 50 miles with MS and the joys of having a community and family supporting her.

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 Kathy Hannon & John Steinmann

Written by on June 25, 2012 at 9:00 am

John Steinmann & Kathy HannonWelcome 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 Kathy Hannon and John Steinmann: siblings, former members of the Scrap Dogs, and now co-captains of Team Sole Train. These two energetic walkers have mastered the art of working with their community, collaborating with local businesses to run creative and mutually beneficial fundraisers. Listen as they share their tips and tricks for meeting and exceeding their goals.

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 Heather Hancock

Written by on June 18, 2012 at 9:00 am

Heather HancockWelcome 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 Heather Hancock. Hancock first participated in MS Challenge Walk in 2003 in honor of her grandmother. A year later, Heather received her own diagnosis of MS. Her work as a physical therapist has given her a unique perspective on the trials of MS, yet she's never let it stop her from captaining team All Smiles for 50 Miles as she and her friends together walk the Cape Cod Rail Trail to defeat MS.

Heather is a published author, having written "Choosing Life: One PT tells her own story of living with multiple sclerosis" for ADVANCE for Physical Therapy & Rehab Medicine journal, as well as several blog posts about MS Challenge Walk.

Also in this episode: advice from steering committee co-chair Jack Enright, given to attendees at the Jumpstart your Fundraising brainstorming session on May 19, about how to conduct a letter-writing campaign. And be sure to check out the Training and Fundraising Guide to find a training schedule that works for you.

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!