Introducing the Walk MS 2015 Stomp MS Challenge


Ready for Walk Andrea

“Walk and Roll” to Stomp Out MS! Chapter Staff Profile with Walk Manager, Andrea K.

by Helen Russon & auGi

Want to join a big party to stomp MS?

…a family-friendly, 4-hour party packed with playful music, interactive exhibits, free food, tasty refreshments, a kid’s play zone, “selfie stations,” colorful costumes and so much more? And as if that wasn’t enough, every penny you invest goes to a meaningful cause.

If this sounds too good to be true, you need to meet Andrea Kofoed, the fun-loving Manager of Walk MS Oregon.

According to Andrea, thousands of Oregonians and SW Washingtonians will join Walk MS in 9 locations this April and May. All to show their love of the 8,100 who live with MS in our Chapter.
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Eating and MS: Tips from our Support Group

By Helen Russon

Food is never a boring subject for most of us. Nor is the idea that certain foods might actually help in fighting MS.

That was the topic at our January meeting of the Providence MS Support Group. We focused on an excellent 2008 article in Momentum Magazine by Judy Hassan. The title of the article was, “Is there an MS Diet?” And while she concluded that there probably was not, she still suggested some ways to eat better and stay healthier – which cannot help but be useful in coping with our MS.
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I Ride with MS: Interview with Sheila Mawsdley

Introducing Sheila Mawsdley, one of our 2015 I Ride with MS ambassadors
By Amy Harris

Amy: Sheila, thank you so much for taking the time to speak with us today. Can you tell us a little about yourself?

Sheila: I’d be happy to! I live in Bend, Oregon, with my wonderful husband, Mike and my two step-children Ethan and Katelyn. I love spending time with my pup, Piper, who just got certified as a therapy dog. I like to think of myself as a happy, compassionate, tenacious person who loves to cheer on others.

Amy: What’s your job?

Sheila: I work as a certified life coach. It’s an extraordinary opportunity to join people on their journey as they get outside their comfort zones into something really fulfilling and invigorating. This year, I’m ready to start working with people with MS. I look forward to being of service to others who want to live a full life with MS as a consideration, not a limitation.
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Join Us at Walk MS Oregon 2015: Nine Cities in April & May

Walk MS Oregon is your chance to support your friends, family, and co-workers who live with multiple sclerosis right here in Oregon and SW Washington. We’d LOVE for you to join us.

Whether you walk, roll, cheer or volunteer, there’s a fun, meaningful role for you to play. And even if you can’t make it out on event day, did you know you can register as a “virtual walker” and raise funds from the comfort of your home?

It only takes a couple of minutes to register. And as always, it’s 100% free.

HELP US RAISE $727,000 TO STOMP OUT MS! We can’t do it without you.

Register Now

Saturday, April 11 @ 9am
Merrill – Merrill Presbyterian

Saturday, April 11 @ 10am
Salem – Riverfront Park

Saturday, April 18 @ 10am
Portland – Pioneer Courthouse Square
Bend – Riverbend Park

Saturday, April 25 @ 10am
Heppner – All Saints Episcopal Church
Central Point – Twin Creeks Park 

Sunday May 3 @ 10am
Vancouver, WA – Esther Short Park

Saturday, May 9 @ 10am
Corvallis – Helen M. Berg Plaza
Eugene – Alton Baker Park

Need Help Registering? Have Questions?

Give me a holler or shoot me an email.

Thanks for helping us stomp all over MS!

Andrea Kofoed
Walk MS Manager

Walk MS Oregon
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2014 Annual Meeting Shares Important Steps in Fight to End MS

by Helen Russon

It has been a promising year on the MS front, and this was highlighted in the Oregon Chapter’s annual meeting December 6, 2014.

Attendees started the day with a healthy and plentiful brunch, with plenty of time to connect with each other. Chapter President Lisa Roth then gave a quick rundown of where our efforts and funds have been going. She detailed an array of research, programs, new equipment and events, and invited everyone to contact the National MS Society, Oregon Chapter with ideas for other projects.
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Kick Off Your New Year Right: Volunteer with the Oregon Chapter

Hi Volunteer Army!

As the year comes to a close, I think back on the memories we shared at Walk MS, Bike MS, A Night in the Park (remember David Osmond singing “Sacred Emotion”?), working together in our office, and so much more.

And that makes me grateful for YOU. Because your talent, your time, and your BIG heart  helped make all of these events and our Chapter’s work so AWESOME — and led to one of the most successful years in our Chapter’s history. Isn’t that cool?
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Kevin B: Never Stop, Never Quit

by Nan Devlin

When Kevin was a cadet at West Point, he overheard Brigadier General Robert Foley tell a story to a group of visitors about the mental, physical and emotional tenacity of brave soldiers. The general said that even in relentless onslaughts of overwhelming enemy forces, military leaders never stop; they never quit.

Kevin was no ordinary soldier. The mental conditioning, physical strength and readiness training gained at West Point made him an Apache attack helicopter pilot and earned him a command of 140 troops in South Korea. He was at the top of his game—young, fit and healthy. Then came a day in 1999.
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Franklin D. Roosevelt is flanked by Eleanor Roosevelt and an aide at his 1933 inauguration. Photograph by Harris & Ewing, courtesy of the Library of Congress Prints & Photographs Division [ LC-USZ62-123456].

FDR: A Hidden Hero to the Disability Community

He was elected for four terms and led the country through some of the most frightening times we have ever known — including the attack on Pearl Harbor, 73 years ago this December 7.

by Helen Russon

In the late 19th and early 20th centuries, there were laws on the books – known as the Ugly Laws – that actually prohibited people from presenting themselves in public if they had disfiguring disabilities. But it was during this era of disability phobia that the United States elected a president who could not walk.
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Our struggles are not that different

A recap of October’s Providence MS Center Support Group

By Helen Russon

Just like last month, we barely got through our introductions before the support group time was up. Everyone attending this month’s Providence Multiple Sclerosis support group seemed to feel like talking about – and listening to – how MS has changed our lives and how we cope with the “new normal.”

This is the kind of group where you don’t have to make excuses about not having read the book, nor do you have to get on a scale in front of everyone. All you need is to have a connection to MS – through yourself, a friend or a family member.
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