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Live tweeting MS Challenge Walk 2014

Written by on September 4, 2014 at 9:00 am

For the fourth consecutive year, walker and committee member Jennifer Yates will be live-tweeting the MS Challenge Walk Cape Cod. Her tweets and several other walkers' and volunteers' will appear on our Twitter landing page.

Share this weekend's experience with a friend and invite them to live the Challenge vicariously by following along with our tweets! Here's the link:

https://www.challengeblog.org/twitter/

The tweets will also appear live on our Facebook page, so feel free to follow along there if you prefer:

https://www.facebook.com/MSChallengeWalkCapeCod

Are you a Twitter or Instagram user? Want to get in on the action? Use hashtag #MSChallengeCapeCod!

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.

Share a selfie for MS Awareness

Written by on March 4, 2014 at 10:48 am

During MS Awareness Week, March 3–9, let's band together and wear our National MS Society apparel for social media solidarity!

Snap a "selfie" showing your orange — maybe it's a Walk MS t-shirt, or a Bike MS jersey, or even an orange bracelet or bandana – and share your pictures on the National MS Society, Greater New England Chapter's Facebook/Twitter accounts.

Details:

  • Check out the MS New England homepage and join our social media sites (Facebook and/or Twitter).
  • Snap a "selfie" wearing your National MS Society apparel and orange! If you happen to meet up with or a team member, take a photo of the two of you or with your entire group! You can make the photo as creative as you like!
  • Post the picture to your social media sites and spread the awareness of multiple sclerosis.
    • Facebook — post the picture on National MS Society Greater, New England Chapter's Facebook page and use #wearMSswag. Tag the location of any events you participate in too like MS Challenge Walk Cape Cod!
    • Twitter – tweet @MS_GreaterNewEngland and use #wearMSswag.

Please share this initiative with your team members, family, and friends. Let's see how many posts we can get to spread the awareness of multiple sclerosis next week!

Looking forward to seeing all of your faces next week!

Aileen is the Director of Development for the Greater New England Chapter of the National MS Society responsible for the 2013 Challenge Walk. She has interned with the National MS Society at the Greater Delaware Valley Chapter with Program Events and is looking forward to working closely with the Steering Committee and Challenge Walk Teams to make this year's MS Challenge Walk a memorable one!

Tweeting live from MS Challenge Walk 2013

Written by on September 5, 2013 at 8:59 am

We're pleased to welcome committee member Jennifer Rebecca Yates back to our Twitter account. As she did last year and the year before, Jen will be tweeting live from the Cape Cod Rail Trail using the official @MSChallengeWalk account starting tomorrow. This means that throughout the weekend, you or your friends and family back home can experience the event live in real time by visiting this blog to see short text messages and even photos from the route. All our tweets will also appear on the MS Challenge Walk's Facebook page!

Jen won't be the only Twitter user at MS Challenge Walk; you can follow our list of walkers to get even more perspectives. Their tweets will also be included in the below stream (but not on our Facebook page). Will you be tweeting? Let us know, and use hashtag #MSCW (short for MS Challenge Walk) in your own tweets!

[The live tweet has concluded! Please see Jen's archive of tweets for the full story.]

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.

Jumpstart your online fundraising

Written by on February 8, 2013 at 8:11 am

A growing percentage of MS Challenge Walk fundraising occurs online — and why not? Which is easier: sending a letter to your friend in Nome, Alaska, her writing a check and returning it in your self-addressed stamped envelope (SASE), you then writing a receipt and mailing the check to the NMSS; or sending your friend an email and asking her to punch in her credit card online?

Not only does the online approach get the money into the bank more quickly, it also gives the National MS Society a bigger cut, as fewer hands need to be hired to process a check. It's a winning situation for all parties.

There are other online fundraising tools, too: you can make every email into a fundraising solicitation; a handy Facebook application can do your fundraising for you; you can promote your offline events in an online event calendar; you can even get Amazon.com to give you a piece of the action.

I reviewed all these tools and more at last month's Jumpstart Your Fundraising meeting. Didn't attend? A 20-minute recording of that presentation is available in the below YouTube video:

If you want more details about any of these opportunities, please email me or leave a comment. For more advice from Jumpstart, listen to the MS Challenge Talk audio recordings. To be alerted to future Jumpstart sessions, sign up for free email notifications!

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.

Live tweets from MS Challenge Walk 2012

Written by on September 5, 2012 at 9:00 am

We're pleased to welcome committee member Jennifer Rebecca Yates back to our Twitter account. As she did last year and Emily Kahm did the year before that, Jen will be tweeting live from the Cape Cod Rail Trail using the official @MSChallengeWalk account starting tomorrow. This means that throughout the weekend, you or your friends and family back home can experience the event live in real time by visiting this blog to see short text messages and even photos from the route. All our tweets will also appear on the MS Challenge Walk's Facebook page!

Jen won't be the only Twitter user at MS Challenge Walk; you can follow our list of walkers to get even more perspectives. Their tweets will also be included in the below stream (but not on our Facebook page). Will you be tweeting? Let us know, and use hashtag #MSCW (short for MS Challenge Walk) in your own tweets!

[The live tweet has concluded! Please see Jen's archive of tweets for the full story.]

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.

MS Challenge Walk 2011 in photos

Written by on September 26, 2011 at 12:33 pm

The annual MS Challenge Walk produces memories that last a lifetime, remembered in our hearts and thoughts but also in photos. Last year, we had many photo galleries by which to remember the walk: four albums by Andrew and Zach Child and eight albums by walkers.

That total of 12 was exactly more than doubled this year, with an overwhelming 24 27 albums posted to Facebook! Thanks to everyone who shared their unique takes on the event. You can click through the below images to find the full galleries.

MS Challenge Walk 2011 - David's Photos

David of Baldi's MS Busters

MS Challenge Walk 2011 - Donna's Photos

Donna

MS Challenge Walk 2011 - Brooke's Photos

Brooke of Blister Buddies

MS Challenge Walk 2011 - Ken's Photos

Ken of MSchief Makers

MS Challenge Walk 2011 - Brian's Photos

Brian of Walk With Wheels

MS Challenge Walk 2011 - Colleen's Photos

Colleen of Cocktails for a Cure

MS Challenge Walk 2011 - Steve's Photos

Steve of Team Brian

MS Challenge Walk 2011 - Renee's Photos

Renee

MS Challenge Walk 2011 - Jacqui's Photos

Jacqui of Whittaker's Warriors

MS Challenge Walk 2011 - Wendy's Photos

Wendy of WWW

MS Challenge Walk 2011 - Yasamin's Photos

Yasamin of WWW

MS Challenge Walk 2011 - Mike's Photos

Mike of Bonnie's Believers

MS Challenge Walk 2011 - Andrew Child's Photos

Andrew Child - Friday (1 of 2)

MS Challenge Walk 2011 - Andrew Child's Photos

Andrew Child - Friday (2 of 2)

MS Challenge Walk 2011 - Zach Child's Photos

Zach Child - Friday

MS Challenge Walk 2011 - Dan & Susan Young's Photos

Dan & Susan Young - Friday (1 of 2)

MS Challenge Walk 2011 - Dan & Susan Young's Photos

Dan & Susan Young - Friday (2 of 2)

MS Challenge Walk 2011 - Andrew Child's Photos

Andrew Child - Saturday

MS Challenge Walk 2011 - Zach Child's Photos

Zach Child - Saturday

MS Challenge Walk 2011 - Dan & Susan Young's Photos

Dan & Susan Young - Saturday (1 of 3)

MS Challenge Walk 2011 - Dan & Susan Young's Photos

Dan & Susan Young - Saturday (2 of 3)

MS Challenge Walk 2011 - Dan & Susan Young's Photos

Dan & Susan Young - Saturday (3 of 3)

MS Challenge Walk 2011 - Andrew Child's Photos

Andrew Child - Sunday (1 of 2)

MS Challenge Walk 2011 - Andrew Child's Photos

Andrew Child - Sunday (2 of 2)

MS Challenge Walk 2011 - Zach Child's Photos

Zach Child - Sunday

MS Challenge Walk 2011 - Dan & Susan Young's Photos

Dan & Susan Young - Sunday (1 of 2)

MS Challenge Walk 2011 - Dan & Susan Young's Photos

Dan & Susan Young - Sunday (2 of 2)

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.

Share your photos!

Written by on September 21, 2011 at 7:42 pm

A highlight of the MS Challenge Walk is the nightly slideshow, showcasing the champions and moments of each of the first two days. Several photographers contribute to this collection, and many more shutterbugs exist along the fifty-mile route.

Did you take some photos during your weekend on Cape Cod? If so, I want to know! If you've posted your photos to Facebook, Flickr, Picasa, or elsewhere on the Internet, and haven't already been in touch with me, please drop me a note with the link to your online album. I'm collecting links to all the memories the walkers and crew have captured and will be posting them all here and on the event's Facebook page.

I look forward to seeing everyone's smiling faces again!

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.

Fundraising on Facebook

Written by on January 26, 2011 at 2:21 pm

As we start to kick our team's fundraising into gear, I activated the Facebook "Boundless Fundraising" tool recently. For those who haven't seen this yet, just log into your Participant Center, click on the "Fundraise with Facebook" icon near the end of the page, and it will take you through a few easy steps so that you can fundraising for the Challenge Walk directly through your Facebook page!

Although this application no longer offers a thermometer on your profile like it used to, it will still share your fundraising progress with your friends, encouraging them to help you reach your goal. You'll need to issue these updates manually, not automatically like before. Full instructions are available online.

Boundless Fundraising

Fundraising on Facebook is just a click away.


Boundless Fundraising is really an easy process and usually results in donations from old friends that you wouldn't have normally secured. Good luck fundraising!

Todd, formerly the Director of Development for the Greater New England Chapter of the National Multiple Sclerosis Society, is now the the Regional Director of FAS Capital Giving at Harvard University. In addition to reading his blog posts, you can also find Todd on Twitter.