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MS Challenge Walk 2012's tweets

Written by on September 10, 2012 at 9:24 am

Thanks to everyone who participated in this year's MS Challenge Walk! Over 550 walkers and 200 crew collaborated to bring us three days, fifty miles, and $1 million toward a world free from multiple sclerosis. What a team!!

We couldn't have done it without the larger support network of friends, families, and co-workers who cheered us on physically, emotionally, and financially. We gave advocates a blow-by-blow report from the route courtesy the microblogging site Twitter. Jennifer Rebecca Yates assumed control of the account, issuing 58 "tweets" over the course of the weekend (40% more than last year!). For the first time ever, these tweets included photos from the trail and were also streamed to our Facebook page, opening the event to an even wider audience.

We'll now resume our usual Twitter schedule, but for posterity (or for those of you who missed it), here are Jen's tweets, presented in chronological order. Watch this blog in the weeks to come as we publish more media, including audio, video, and photos!

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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.

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.

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.

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 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.

Walkers' view of the MS Challenge Walk

Written by on September 23, 2010 at 1:25 pm

The first photos of the MS Challenge Walk were posted last week, courtesy professional photographer Andrew Child. Since then, hundreds more pictures have surfaced online, posted by those who walked the walk. Each of these eight photographers have graciously allowed us to share their albums with you here on our blog. Click any one of the images below (the photographer's name and team are given in the caption) to visit their larger album. All are located on Facebook, except for Ken Gagne's and Bonnie's Believers'; no album requires registration or additional software to view.

Do you have photos that aren't listed here? Please contact us with your details!

MS Challenge Walk 2010 - Sandy's Photos

Sandy of Baldi's MS Busters

MS Challenge Walk - Jacqui's 2010 photos

Jacqui of Whittaker's Warriors

MS Challenge walk 2010 - Amy's photos

Amy of All Smiles For 50 Miles

MS Challenge Walk 2010 - Cathy's photos

Cathy of Walk With Wendy

MS Challenge Walk 2010 - Ken's photos

Ken of MSchief Makers

MS Challenge Walk 2010 - Marisa's photos

Marisa

MS Challenge Walk 2010 - Cocktails for a Cure's photos

Cocktails for a Cure

MS Challenge Walk 2010 - Bonnie's Believers' photos

Bonnie's Believers

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.

The Challenge Walk in pictures

Written by on September 16, 2010 at 1:19 pm

The MS Challenge Walk 2010 is only a few days behind us, and memories of the event are still fresh in our minds. Stories like Brian's about his inspiring wife are just one of the many gifts we take with us when we step off the Cape Cod Rail Trail. Sharing these experiences helps to capture a bit of what makes this weekend so special, not only letting us reminiscence about this unique event but also giving us something we can send to our friends and family as a glimpse into our community.

In addition to stories, the weekend was also preserved on film. Just as he did last year, professional photographer and Challenge Walk volunteer Andrew Child has uploaded to his Facebook page 546 photos that he took over the course of the weekend, as well as 107 photos by budding photographer Zach Child. We'll have even more photos as well as videos up soon, but in the meantime, please click on any one of the below pictures to visit the larger album. (You don't need a free Facebook account to view the pictures, but commenting and tagging is limited to members.)

MS Challenge Walk - Andrew's 2010 photos  (1/3)

Andrew's 2010 photos (1/3)

MS Challenge Walk - Andrew's 2010 photos (2/3)

Andrew's 2010 photos (2/3)

MS Challenge Walk - Andrew's 2010 photos (3/3)

Andrew's 2010 photos (3/3)

MS Challenge Walk - Zach's 2010 photos

Zach's 2010 photos

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.

Pictures, pictures, everywhere

Written by on September 30, 2009 at 3:30 pm

Just a brief note to let you know that, in addition to the photos from Facebook members and Andrew Child's photography, pictures taken by National MS Society staff over the course of the MS Challenge Walk weekend are now available! If you remember what day your picture was taken or who took it, then you'll be able to find it among the hundreds in a jiff — so head on over and take a gander.

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.

A thousand words times a thousand

Written by on September 25, 2009 at 8:55 pm

Still reminiscing about the MS Challenge Walk? As previously suggested, you can view photos on Facebook and upload your own, but both require already having a free Facebook account. If you're not a member of that social networking site, your options are limited.

Fortunately, professional photographer Andrew Child — who was honored in the MS Challenge Walk's Friday night program, created this site's banner, and just happens to have a birthday today — has made hundreds of pictures available online. With his permission, I offer these links to albums, divided by the days of the event:

MS Challenge Walk - Friday

Friday

MS Challenge Walk - Saturday

Saturday

MS Challenge Walk - Sunday 1 of 2

Sunday - 1 of 2

MS Challenge Walk - Sunday 2 of 2

Sunday - 2 of 2

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.

Weekend memories

Written by on September 14, 2009 at 12:25 pm

Congratulations to all walkers and crew on another successful MS Challenge Walk! It got a bit damp out there, but our spirits and soles persevered.

At last year's August celebration party, I spoke about how much fun the MS Challenge Walk isn't — who wants to give up a weekend to spend it pounding the pavement for 50 miles, just to retire to a rock-hard army cot surrounded by snorers? But it's hard to remember to be disgruntled when I see all your smiling faces along the route. Whether we were exchanging high-fives, munching on Snickers, or singing in the rain, we always find ways to turn this march into a happy one.

Besides our memories, the event was captured in a variety of media. Pictures will eventually be added to the National MS Society's photo page, but in the meantime, some photos are already popping up on the MS Challenge Walk group on Facebook. Will you share your own moments with your fellow walkers? Once you join the group, just click the "Add Photos" button. From there, you can upload your pictures directly to the group — or, if you've already uploaded them to your own Facebook album, you can copy pictures from your album to the group's.

The walk may be over, but the mission goes on! Keep an eye on this blog for additional post-event reports and updates.

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.