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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.

Pain, pain, go away

Written by on August 30, 2010 at 11:43 am

If you experience any pain along the MS Challenge Walk, the medical tents at each rest stop and at the Sea Camps can offer non-prescription painkillers to help relieve what ails you. Whether you're asking us to distribute this medication to you or you've brought your own, be careful with your choice of pain relievers and how much you take. Too much Tylenol (acetomenophin) can cause liver damage, too much Motrin or Advil (ibuprofen) or Aleve (naproxen sodium) can lead to kidney damage and bleeding, and too much aspirin can cause bleeding problems. Try alternating pain relievers so that your body doesn't develop an immunity to any one. The recommend dosage for adults varies; follow the directions on the bottle.

Jacqui is a registered nurse working in home dialysis, living in Denver, Colorado. Born and rasied in Gray, Maine, Jacqui was diagnosed with MS in 2003 and has been participating in the MS Challenge Walk since 2007. This year is the first time she's had her own team, Whittaker's Warriors.

What to expect at the medical tents

Written by on August 9, 2010 at 10:45 am

I have had the opportunity to experience the medical tents both as a walker and as a nurse. The medical crew is available for everything you may need as a walker or as a crew member. As a walker you may develop sore, blistered feet; the crew will mend you with ointments, bandages, gauze, and advice. You may develop sore or swollen joints; the crew will ice and wrap you up! Maybe you will suffer a bit of dehydration or heat exhaustion. They will cool you down and nourish you with fluids. Aches and pains? A little Tylenol or Advil will do!

The main medical tent is available at the Sea Camps from 6 AM until the last patient leaves, and each rest stop has a medical station with nearly everything you might need on your two-day, 30-mile journey. Should the need arise for more intensive medical treatment, the crew will stabilize you until more advanced care arrives.

As a walker my first year, I was treated with TLC, and I saw all walkers treated that way. As a nurse on medical crew my second year, I treated everyone with the same TLC! But no matter how well you're treated, the best care is preventive. Over the next few Mondays, I'll give some medical advice that you can use to take care of yourself and avoid any medical emergencies. Stay tuned!

Jacqui is a registered nurse working in home dialysis, living in Denver, Colorado. Born and rasied in Gray, Maine, Jacqui was diagnosed with MS in 2003 and has been participating in the MS Challenge Walk since 2007. This year is the first time she's had her own team, Whittaker's Warriors.

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.