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Bike MS Newsletter October 2015

Thank you for your participation in Walk MS 2015! Over 10,000 walkers attended Walk MS events across the state! Walking,


for Walk MS 2015! volunteering, and donating make each of these events succesful. You raised over No matter what part you play, you are important in our fight against multiple sclerosis and finding a cure. We couldn’t do this without each and every one of you. We are thankful to our members, friends, corporate partners, and the general public who help us raise the money to move us closer to a world free of MS. To End MS, We Walk MS. Sincerely,

Top 10 Teams*

T&K Family and Friends $35,237 (Toledo) The MSFits! $34,213 (Columbus) Motivate My Sister $24,979 (Cleveland) Kaplan's Krusaders $18,231 (Toledo) Team Szutkowski $16,821 (Lorain County) Sherwin Williams $15,995 (Cleveland) Overcomers $13,655 (Columbus) Chill's Champions $13,251 (Columbus) Team O'Reilly $11,648 (Columbus) Brian's Team $11,068 (Akron) *Top team and participant totals as of May 29 fundraising deadline.

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The National MS Society, Ohio Buckeye Chapter

Top 10 Participants*

John Loesch $28,786 (Columbus) Mark Wuertz $13,588 (Toledo) In Memory of Jim Manos $12,815 (Columbus) Sheryl Reitmann $12,215 (Cleveland) Ed Ferenc $10,330 (Cleveland) Jacqueline Ross $9,223 (Cleveland) Paula O’Reily $9,078 (Columbus) Sr. Karen Zielinski $7,950 (Toledo) Carsten Haese $7,930 (Toledo) Susan Szutkowski $7,795 (Lorain County)

Team Captain Celebration Week starts November 16! Stay tuned for more details.

Questions about any of the walks? Contact our Event Coordinators Samantha Marchal & Scott Sherwood for more information!

Mentor Raised: $25,082 11 members

Toledo Raised: $73,946 26 members Defiance Raised: $14,054 5 members

Being a club member puts you in great company! In 2015, our Top Fundraiser, John Loesch, raised an OUTSTANDING $28,786*! We had 170 participants who raised $1,000 or more! We would like to congratulate and thank all of our 2015 Walk MS $1,000 Club Members!

These 170 people collectively raised $449,072*

All $1,000 Club members for Walk MS 2015 will be recognized during the 2016 Walk MS season. Club members will receive the following: *Totals as of May 29 fundraising deadline.

Sandusky Raised: $2,105 2 members

Findlay Raised: $6,310 3 members Allen County Raised: $5,275 4 members

Richland County Raised: $10,145 3 members

Columbus Raised: $119,349 37 members

Cleveland Raised: $82,462 28 members Mahoning Valley Raised: $13,829 Lorain County 7 members Raised: $30,167 9 members Akron Raised: $23,082 14 members Wooster Raised: $6,658 3 members

Stark County Raised: $15,949 8 members

Newark Raised: $2,506 2 members Lancaster Raised: $11,916 5 members

McConnelsville Raised: $6,232 3 members

Special recognition at the Walk MS 2016 opening ceremony $1,000 Club recognition gift Recognition on signage at Walk MS in Akron, Columbus, Cleveland, and Toledo (regardless of where the $1,000 club member walks) Invitations to special events throughout the year


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The Mission First Club provides an opportunity for you to direct funds, that would be spent on prizes, back to our mission. People affected by MS can live their best lives as we stop MS in its tracks, restore what has been lost and end MS forever. By generously donating your Walk MS prize back to the chapter, your gift will help us to continue to live our mission, deliver quality programs and services to Ohioans affected by MS. Because of your support, the Ohio Buckeye Chapter of the National MS Society currently has 24 researchers working on 25 research projects within our 64-county service area. We cannot thank you enough for helping us fund critical research projects that are moving us closer to a world free of MS! THANK YOU to the 66 people who joined the Mission First Club and raised a total of


Holly Alfani Susan Bollin Kristin Brown Donna Bushman Rebecca Crowl Jennifer Ervin Judith Evans Diane Fitzgerald Kelly French Frank Galuszka Lisa Gangwer Camille Gill Natalia Gleason Chrissy Grabill Stephanie Gregory Lee Ann Hamilton Kathleen Hrabik June Huryn Andrew Huryn Joseph Igel David Jenkins Roxanne Jones Kim Kaplan

Dean Kaplan Shannon Kelly Fran King Joanne LaPalme Frank Legan Heather Leonard Sacha Leu Ashley Luthy Niki Mayhew Sheena Mays Heidi Meiers Cathy Miller Morgan County Band of Hope Gail Nowak Patty Opsitnik Susan Park Melanie Paskert Lynne Pavlich Jeffrey Pawlowski Edwin Payne Lisa Peck Marla Piccolomini Susie Powell

Roger Rice Marcy Ritzert Jori Ruff Holly Rutherford James Ryan Melanie Sanders Pam Shank Jack Shelton Patricia Spinelli Michele Springer Serena Strickler Gregory Thomas Tammi Thompson Barbara Turner Terry Weaver Deanna Wilson Mary Wolford Gary Woodward Nolan Yoder David Yoder

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To become a member of the Mission First Club, participants indicated that they would like to donate their prize back to the Society on the Prize Award Form that was mailed or emailed after the event.

We needed your help and you didn’t dissappoint! Among our 17 walks we had 480 total volunteers who dedicated 1,888 hours to the cause!


Our events would not be possible without the help of our volunteers! The Ohio Buckeye Chapter hosted 17 successful walks in 2015. Each was successful because of the volunteers who took time out of their weekends to support us all in the fight to end multiple sclerosis. The 2015 Walk MS season might be over but the fight isn’t. We still don’t have a cure for MS, so let’s keep raising awareness! Keep fundraising! Learn more about becoming a volunteer by clicking here or contacting Maureen Mohney at


101 Main Street, Toledo, Ohio 43605 419.698.2988

Thank you for your support in 2015!

G N O R T S E R ’ E W



Walk MS is more than just a fundraiser. It is an opportunity to inspire others to join the fight against MS and to show our support to those living each day with the unpredictability of MS. We hope that everyone who participated was able to take away from the event as much as you gave to it. Whether it be new friends, renewed strength, or hope for the future. Together, we made a bold declaration: A world free of MS is inevitable when we work together.

Walk MS connects people living with MS and those who care about them. When you participate in this community event, the funds you raise give hope to more than 2.3 million people living with MS worldwide. We’ve been walking since 1988 and to date have raised more than $870 million to support life changing programs and cutting-edge research. We are in the planning stages for Walk MS 2016! Be on the lookout for 2016 dates soon!

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