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Help create awareness about MS Challenge Walk!

Written by on May 2, 2013 at 3:20 pm

Mother Nature is finally smiling down on us and giving us great weather for walking! Can you believe that in a few months you will be walking 50 miles to create awareness about multiple sclerosis? The awareness that the Challenge Walk builds helps raise funds that fuel local programs and services as well as fund critical research aimed at stopping MS, restoring function lost to MS, and to ending MS forever.

WE NEED YOUR HELP!

Help us get the word out about the Cape Cod Challenge Walk coming up on September 7–8. Reach out to your local newspapers, television (community stations) and radio stations and ask them to tell your story. By sharing why you walk, why you have a team and why this is so important… you could inspire someone to join your team while others may want to make a donation to your team.

We are available to assist you with information about the National MS Society Greater New England Chapter, multiple sclerosis, Challenge Walk and more.

Thank you for all you do to support our vision of a world free of MS. MS kills connections… but it is through our connections with each other that we WILL kill MS.

Thank you for your help!

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!

Getting the word out on public access TV

Written by on February 20, 2013 at 10:25 am

MS Challenge Walk is a dynamic community that draws people from around the world — yet it is a community that, like multiple sclerosis, is largely unseen. As we go about our day-to-day lives, our friends, family, and neighbors can't see what it is that drives us to walk 50 miles. Many people may not know what MS is, or that there is an event dedicated to seeing it end.

Volunteer Dan Young, who each year donates his photography skills to MS Challenge Walk, recently took an extra step to increasing awareness of MS by recruiting his employer to the cause: Access Nashua, a public access television station in Nashua, New Hampshire. Host Denise-Marie McIntosh invited four participants of MS Challenge Walk — Kevin Lombardi, James Derick, Marisa Bonanno, and me — onto her talk segment, Fairy Tale Access. We discussed how MS works, how it has affected our lives, what we do about it, and how viewers can help.

The show is scheduled to air during MS Awareness Week, March 11–17, on television stations around New England as well as YouTube. Watch for it next month on this blog, and in the meantime, enjoy this behind-the-scenes sneak preview!

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 on the morning news

Written by on September 7, 2011 at 3:53 pm

Is everyone ready for the MS Challenge Walk 2011? In just over 24 hours, we'll be meeting at the Cape Codder to see old friends and psych up for the next fifty miles!

Just in time for the walk, steering committee chairman Jack Enright appeared this morning on Boston's Fox News to promote the event. The full clip can be seen online:

Jack did a great job plugging our walk, with footage of many familiar friends complementing the news, taken from Andrew Child's photos and various commercials. Be sure to be on the Cape this weekend for your chance to be seen and make a difference!

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.