I intend this blog to be a mixture of my personal experiences with Multiple Sclerosis (MS) and news related to MS. Hopefully, I can shed an optimistic light on MS even though it is difficult to be an optimist living with MS.

Monday, April 11, 2011

Getting Involved and an MS Competition

The Walk MS that I am participating in is this Saturday (April 16th)!  I have raised over $2500, but would love to raise $3000.  If you are interested in donating, go to my personal page.

Played volleyball again yesterday and it, again, went very well.  I was concerned though because the gym was very warm and I thought I might overheat and have a flare up, but I didn't!  

Learned about Jabeccawalk today.  These are two siblings who decided that they were going to hike the Appalachian trail.  On March 21st, they embarked on an "End to End for MS Hike."  Their mission is to raise $10,000 for the MSAA.  This endeavor will span 2,181 miles and will take three month to complete.  To learn more about Jabeccawalk and/or to donate, visit their MSAA page or visit their blog

I also recently learned about a competition that Merck Serono has called "Real MS."  This is from an MS Foundation mailer:

Global Competition Celebrates Innovation and Inspiration of MS Community
Merck Serono, a division of Merck KGaA, Darmstadt, Germany, has launched Real MS: Your Innovation, a global design competition searching for unique and innovative ideas that could help people overcome the daily challenges of life with MS. Your Innovation is the second phase of the Real MS campaign, a global initiative giving a voice to those whose lives have been touched by MS, and celebrating their journeys, achievements, and ideas for the future management of the disease.

Real MS launched in May 2010 with Real MS: Your Story, a global script writing competition that collected more than 100 powerful and inspiring stories of those living with or impacted by MS from around the world. The winning concept was developed into an international short film, “MS: It’s a Marathon, Not a Sprint”, that shows how life with MS can be redefined in a positive and fulfilling way. To view the winning short film, please visit www.realmsvoices.com.
Your Innovation will search for new and creative ideas for adaptive physical products or online applications that could help people live better with MS. The winning innovation, selected by an international judging panel and voted on by the MS community, will be shared with the MS community later in 2011.
For more information on the Real MS campaign and Your Innovation, including terms and conditions of the competition, please visit the campaign website at www.realmsvoices.com. This site is not intended for use by residents of United Kingdom and Ireland.

If you have a winning idea, join the competition!  Or donate money to go toward MS research!

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