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FOOT NOTES Walk MS 2016 Registration is

OPEN!

November 2015


WALK MS 2016: GETTING STARTED 1. Pick an event Saturday, April 9, 2016 Allen County, Columbus, Lancaster, Newark

Saturday, April 23, 2016 Findlay, Richland County, Wooster

Sunday, April 10, 2016 Toledo

Friday, April 29, 2016 McConnelsville

Saturday, April 16, 2016 Cleveland, Mahoning Valley, Mentor, Stark County

Saturday, April 30, 2016 Defiance

Sunday, April 17, 2016 Akron

Saturday, May 7, 2016 Lorain County, Sandusky

2. Register!

Visit www.MSOhioWalk.org or call 1-800-344-4867 to register for the Walk MS 2016 season!

3. Make a self donation!

Kick-start your fundraising efforts by making a self-donation. Those who self-donate tend to raise twice as much as those who do not. So set yourself up for success!

4. Set up your Participant Center 5. Recruit! Recruit! Recruit! From the Participant Center, you can edit your Personal Page, email donors, and manage your campaign. It is also a great tool for team captains so you can follow you and your team’s progress. Be sure to personalize the information and share why you walk! People who update their personal pages and use online tools for fundraising raise double the money!

Team members can be anybody — friends, family, coworkers, or neighbors — and they can all easily register online at MSOhioWalk.org. Whether you’re a corporate team or a team of family and friends, be sure to ask everyone you know. Joining the movement is more fun with others around!

Each issue of Foot Notes will have tips to make sure you have a successful Walk MS season! Don’t miss an issue!

Questions about any of the walks? Email ohawalkms@nmss.org or call 1-800-344-4867.


CELEBRATE YOUR TEAM & TEAM CAPTAIN! The entire month of November we will show thanks to the incredible 2015 Walk MS team captains. Throughout the month check our social media sites for appreciation posts! If you have a story about your team or team captain, share it with us! Email your story and photos to ohawalkms@nmss.org. Sending your stories will put you in a drawing to win prizes! We will share your stories with our social media community to let everyone know how amazing your team is! Stay tuned for more contests and chances to win during our Walk MS team week, November 16-20. Stay connected on social media!

National Family Caregivers Month

November is National Family Caregivers Month! Let’s take the time to celebrate the hard work and dedication of our caregivers! Being a caregiver is not an easy job; it can take a physical and emotional toll. Caregivers need to be sure to take care of themselves just as much as they take care of their loved ones with a chronic illness. TIPS FOR CAREGIVERS: • Keep up with your own medical care. Stay up-to-date with your own regularly scheduled doctor’s appointments. • Get enough rest! It is important to be alert at all times and that is harder to do when you are sleepy. • Be active! Be mindful of your physical health. Regular exercise is one of the best stress relievers! • Be social. We all need a little “me” time. Schedule some time with friends for dinner or a night out. • Ask for help. It can be hard to ask but it is a good idea to share the load. Familiarize yourself with local support services. We have an infinite amount of “thank yous” for caregivers! Get more information and caregiving resources from the National Alliance for Caregiving at http://www.caregiving.org/


Congratulations to the 2015 scholarship recipients!

It is because of fundraisers like you that the National MS Society is able to award scholarships to people living with MS and their children! Twelve students in the Ohio Buckeye Chapter were awarded $1,000 scholarships this year! Meet 10 of the 12 students* here...

Olivia Clunk

will attend The Ohio State University to study pre-med

Emma Dic ker

Rose Connolly

will attend Bowling Green State University and major in film production

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plans to attend Mia mi University to get a degree in graphic de sign

Kathyn Paull

chose to attend the University of Dayton to pursue a degree in art education

Brandyn R einhart

went t Northern o Ohio U to study niversity exe physiologyrcise

pler Josie Du

went to the University of Kentucky in order to pursue international studies along with Arabic and Islamic studies.

Emma Rose

chose Morehead State University and will major in biomedical sciences

Brynna Heaton

plans to attend The Ohio State University, majoring in communications

Mariah Walton

went to The Ohio State University’s Newark Campus to major in business

Get more information about the scholarship program at this link: click or call 1-800-344-4867. The National MS Society awarded more than $1 million in scholarship funds to 834 students across the United States in 2015! *Two students chose not to disclose personal information.


OTHER WAYS YOU CAN HELP

A lot of what we do wouldn’t be possible without you. People living with MS and their family and friends depend on your kindness and hard work. When we all work together, we can make sure that everyone can live their best lives. We understand that not everyone can attend and/or walk at one of the Walk MS events. There are other ways you can be involved!

Volunteer!

Volunteers have helped make our events and programs successful year after year! It is volunteers and their dedication to the National MS Society that makes events like Walk MS and Bike MS possible. If you or your group is interested in volunteering at one of our 17 Walk MS events or one of three Bike MS events, please contact Maureen Mohney at 419-482-1585 or email Maureen.Mohney@nmss.org. So what will you do as a volunteer? The possibilities are endless! You can help with: • Participant Check-in • T-Shirt table • Mission table • Food • Set up / Tear Down • Finish Line cheering

Become a sponsor! If you or your business is interested in sponsoring one of our events, we have a variety of sponsorship levels you can participate in. Each one having great benefits! Partnering with the National MS Society, Ohio Buckeye Chapter is not only a good community investment; it’s a good business investment. By becoming a sponsor of Walk MS 2016, you: • align yourself with a well-respected 501(c)(3) organization with a broad base of devoted constituents • create awareness about your corporate identity while portraying a positive image to your current stakeholders • provide a great opportunity for employee involvement For more information on becoming a sponsor, please contact Michelle Wohlfeiler Bailin at 216-503-4184 or email Michelle.Wohlfeiler@ nmss.org.


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