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winter 2013 Utah-southern idaho chapter MS Connection Newsletter PRESIDENT’S MESSAGE Taking Action One Step at a Time The old adage “little things mean a lot” is very true. Every day this year, I have witnessed small actions that made an impact. Actions like a newly diagnosed teenager coming through our doors to learn more. Or, the decision an isolated father made to seek help from a friend – my friend – who connected with me. These small victories are happening all around us – people connecting with others and the Society to better face multiple sclerosis and do something about this disease. And, the actions don’t stop there! Our Bike MS and Walk MS participants are a myriad of actions. For example, first time team captain Lenise took action when she decided to lead her team, Gates’ Gears, to raise more than $6,000. They are our rookie team of the year! Hundreds of teams just like hers also committed to making a difference in 2012 – a difference that helped raise $2.7 million. People also took action by sharing their stories. It may seem small but it drives great awareness, inspiration and connections. Chris Nettleton’s MS diagnosis propelled his co-workers at Boise’s KBOI News to provide live coverage of Walk MS with educational stories throughout the show. And, Olympic hopeful Tom Wallisch shared his Aunt Bonnie’s MS story with media and participated in Walk MS Salt Lake City while wearing ski boots to help people better understand MS symptoms and bring more awareness. Little actions lead to great things, like saving our expense budget over $140,000! Each year various companies and professionals donate products and services for events including equipment from forklifts to horse troughs (really!); morning coffee to fuel cyclists; and President’s Message, continued on page 2

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