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An Open Letter to our Oregon Chapter Volunteers in honor of National Volunteer Week

To our esteemed volunteers, with much appreciation:

“Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed people can change the world. Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has.” Margaret Mead

The first time I read this quote it brought me to tears; not necessarily because of its eloquence but because of its simplicity.

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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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Keep the Happy Going 6: Diane’s Story

“Swimming is the only exercise that doesn’t trigger my back [pain]. And the social aspect with other swimmers keeps me from being isolated.

However, the cost of a swim pass and the seven dollars for Ride Source was limiting my ability to get out.

I talked to the National MS Society and asked for help. I received money to spend on going swimming more often. I‘d like to thank the Society for helping me get more active.”

Diane DeVillers

Your donation to Walk MS helps Diane and people like her stay vital through our financial assistance program.

Keep the happy going. Give now.


Keep the Happy Going 5: Stephen’s Story

“I had to write a lot…because of MS, my hands couldn’t do the keyboarding work I used to do.

So I applied for financial assistance to purchase Dragon Dictate [a software program] through the National MS Society’s Financial Assistance Program. This software works great! My speech gets transferred to Microsoft Word on the computer into emails, spreadsheets and so much more. I could not stay connected and fulfill my responsibilities without this incredible tool.

I feel better about myself, have more purpose, greater capabilities and measured success.

Thank you, Oregon Chapter, for your love and support. You have made a positive change to my life, my health AND my emotional body. All ships rise in a rising tide. I rise and we all move forward.”

Stephen Hart

Your donation to Walk MS helps Stephen and people like him do the things they love through our financial assistance program.

Keep the happy going. Give now.


Keep the Happy Going 4: Randy & Beth’s Story

“We didn’t know how we were going to stay warm this winter…our personal finances were inadequate and our wood supply was too small. You provided valuable funding so we could more easily cope with our winter-time wood fuel costs. Your compassionate organization made life better for us and we will never forget it.”


Randy and Beth

Your donation to Walk MS helps more couples like Randy and Beth stay warm through our financial assistance program.

Keep the happy going. Give now.



Keep the Happy Going 3: Tracie’s Story

“My legs were beginning to swell to the point that walking was extremely painful. I was losing hope when I learned about Lymphedema, a secondary symptom of MS. My insurance would cover the treatment—a compression pump and sleeves for my legs, but I would be responsible for a large co-pay, which I couldn’t afford on my disability benefits.

With the National MS Society’s financial support, I was able to get my compression pump and sleeves! I can now walk better, and I’m not in as much pain.

I cannot express my heartfelt thanks enough to everyone at the Oregon chapter, and to each and every one who raises funds through Walk MS. Without you, this would not be possible.”

Tracie Brooks

Your donation to Walk MS helps more people like Tracie get life-changing relief through our financial assistance program.

Keep the happy going. Give now.



Keep the Happy Going #2: Cyd’s Story

“If it hadn’t been for the National MS Society responding to my need for an electric wheelchair, I would be completely confined to my apartment. It was beyond frustration, having to grab friends just to get my mail.

I didn’t have the funds to buy a chair, and my health insurance would not pay for it. It’s wonderful the Society provided a motorized chair, and came to my rescue! Now I can zip around, get out and meet people, and even get my own mail. This has brightened my day, and changed my life considerably. I appreciate all you have done for me.”

Cyd Avery

Your donation to Walk MS helps more people like Cyd get out and about through our financial assistance program.

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Keep the Happy Going #1: Stand with Us

Your donation to Walk MS Oregon does more than just fund research…it helps friends and families living with MS right here in Oregon and Southwestern Washington.

See how your dollars keep the happy going. Watch the video. Then share it on Facebook and Twitter.

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Becky’s Top 7 Walk MS Fundraising Tips

My good friend Becky sent these awesome ideas along to me. I just had to share them with you. And though our actual Walk events are nearly over, there’s still plenty of time to win prizes while funding a cure.

Before we dig in, please know the work you’re doing is SOOOO important. The funds you raise go towards vital research that we believe, in our lifetime, will lead to a cure. I cross my fingers every day. And I know you do, too.

The dollars you raise also fund programs and services that make a real difference for all of our friends and family members who live with MS. Thank you again. 🙂
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7 Lessons in 7 Years: How to Rock Walk MS

Wondering how to make the most of Walk MS? This article, from veteran Walk MS participant, top fundraiser and team captain, Jim Fairchild, should give you PLENTY of good reasons.

1. Action Kills Fear

I just learned this quote recently and have applied it to just about everything in my life. If for any reason you’re nervous about doing the walk, then sign up and put it on your calendar. I know you will be amazed at what happens next.

2. Support Awaits

I find comfort in the fact everyone around me at Walk knows I have MS—I don’t have to fake or hide anything. This awareness supports me in my journey as do the zillions of people from the MS Society, my family and friends, and the people I meet at Walk MS. If you ever think you’re alone with your MS, then come to the walk and learn otherwise!
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