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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!

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.

Remember to submit your mandatory online housing form, which is due today!

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!