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Crew training meeting

Written by on August 14, 2012 at 6:30 pm

The crew information meeting has been set for Tuesday, August 14th, 6:30 PM – 8:30 PM at the NMSS office in Waltham, MA. Come and meet your fellow crew, have some pizza and snacks, and learn how YOU will help make the 2012 MS Challenge Walk a great event for everyone!

We know that some of you live out of state and do not expect to see you here. Please feel free to give Brenda Barbour a call at 781-693-5135 if you have any questions.

This is the events calendar, featuring official NMSS rallies and meetings as well as volunteer-sponsored fundraisers. Want to see your event listed here? Please submit the details, and we'll add it!

Crew training meeting

Written by on August 16, 2011 at 7:00 pm

The crew information meeting has been set for Tuesday, August 16th, 7:00 PM – 8:30 PM at the NMSS office in Waltham, MA. Come and meet your fellow crew, have some pizza and snacks, and learn how YOU will help make the 2011 MS Challenge Walk a great event for everyone!

Please email Sandra Baldi or call 781-693-5138 no later than Monday, August 8th, to register for the meeting.

This is the events calendar, featuring official NMSS rallies and meetings as well as volunteer-sponsored fundraisers. Want to see your event listed here? Please submit the details, and we'll add it!

Housing forms due Aug. 1

Written by on July 28, 2011 at 3:41 pm

All walkers and crew participating in the MS Challenge Walk are required complete the participation confirmation and housing form, regardless of where you are staying during the event weekend, as we also use this form to collect important information regarding emergency contacts, medications, allergies, and other needs. We will do everything we can to accommodate your needs.

We would appreciate you providing this info by August 1st. You will receive an email confirmation so you know the form was received. We will not be sending out paper forms this year, so if you are having trouble completing the online form, or would like to complete the form over the phone with a member of the MS Challenge Walk Team, please call us at 800-344-4867.

Danielle was a Development Manager for the Greater New England Chapter of the National MS Society, managing MS Challenge Walk 2011 and 2012. Prior to joining the staff of the National MS Society, Danielle served as a crew team captain during the 2009 and 2010 MS Challenge Walks.

Crew training meeting

Written by on August 11, 2010 at 7:30 pm

The crew information meeting has been set for Wednesday, August 11th, 7:00 PM – 8:30 PM at the NMSS office in Waltham, MA. Due to the change in format for this year's MS Challenge Walk, we have made some logistical modifications that you'll need to know. As crew, the walkers depend on you for information, so the more you know, the better prepared you will be to assist those in need.

Please email Sandra Baldi or call 781-693-5138 no later than Friday, July 30th, to register for the meeting.

Come and meet your fellow crew, have some pizza and snacks, and learn how YOU will help make the 2010 MS Challenge Walk a great event for everyone!

This is the events calendar, featuring official NMSS rallies and meetings as well as volunteer-sponsored fundraisers. Want to see your event listed here? Please submit the details, and we'll add it!

Answering questions about MS

Written by on July 23, 2010 at 10:49 am

When you engage in fundraising for the MS Challenge Walk, you're not only raising money; you're also raising awareness. Despite MS afflicting 400,000 Americans, many people do not know exactly what this condition is or how it affects their loved ones. When confronted with questions about MS, you may not always have a good answer. If you try to be specific, you can watch their eyes glaze over as you explain that "multiple sclerosis is a neurological disorder in which the immune system attacks the myelin sheath that helps conduct electrical impulses throughout the nervous system" — what a mouthful! And even that biological perspective doesn't convey what it's like to live with MS. So how do you succinctly tell people what this cause is that you're walking 50K for?

Songwriter Kristie Salerno Kent can answer these questions for you, as she knows something about MS herself:

A few years after Kristie received her Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from Syracuse University, Kristie was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis … She decided that she was not going to give up her dreams of performing just because of her MS diagnosis. Kristie took on the role of an MS Lifelines Ambassador and travels the country speaking and singing for others who are affected by the disease. Now her performances are for a purpose and not just entertainment.

Kristie doesn't have to come to your neighborhood to give a speech about MS. Her YouTube video, "The Show Must Go On", is something you can send to your friends and family to help them understand the experience and condition that is MS.



There are several more excellent videos that give other perspectives on multiple sclerosis. Since my mom has MS, one of my favorites is "My Fight with MS", by Kyle Surkovich, whose father has MS.

These videos will help you raise funds for and awareness of multiple sclerosis, bringing us a step closer to a world without it!

Ken 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.

Please submit your housing form!

Written by on June 21, 2010 at 11:00 am

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, as we also use this form to collect important information regarding emergency contacts, medications, allergies, and other needs. We would appreciate you providing this info by August 1st.

We will do everything we can to accommodate your needs, but priority will be given to those who submit these forms first. We will not be sending out paper forms, so if you are having trouble completing the online form, or would like to complete the form over the phone with a member of the MS Challenge Walk Team, please call us at 800-344-4867.

If you are staying off-site, you will be missing out on the fun of staying with your fellow walkers! Nonetheless, please book your hotels early to ensure space. We have a list of over a dozen hotels that our shuttle service accommodates.

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

Housing form due two weeks from today

Written by on July 17, 2009 at 9:29 am

A reminder that August 1st — two weeks from today — is the deadline for you to submit your participation confirmation and housing form. A postal copy was mailed to you the first week of June, but you can save a stamp fill it out online. The NMSS needs this information to arrange your housing for the weekend of the MS Challenge Walk. Whether or not you are staying at the Cape Cod Sea Camps in Brewster, please take a moment to fill it out.

Ken 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.