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New MS Learn Online program available

MS Learn Online is the Society's online educational webcast series. Click here to watch the latest video in the series, titled "Hot News From ECTRIMS - Risk Factors". During the European Committee For Treatment and Research in MS (ECTRIMS) 2012 meeting, scientists from all over the world met to discuss new advances in MS, including research relating to risk factors. In this presentation, scientists discuss genetic and bacterial risk factors, in addition to the link between vitamin D levels and MS.

Upcoming Programs

April 2 to May 28 - 2013 LINKS Teleconference Series

Whether you just received a diagnosis of MS or have been living with it for a long time, the goal of this series is to "link" you with information and tips on how to maintain your quality of life in the years ahead. Register for all nine teleconferences in the series or just the ones that interest you. Click here for more information and to register.

April 17 - The Spectrum of MS - Below The Belt: Bladder and Bowel Issues in MS

The Spectrum of MS is a free series of informative calls on a variety of topics for people living with MS and their families. Join us from the comfort of your own home to learn about common bladder and bowel issues that can arise with MS, as well as ways to treat and cope with them. Click here for more information and to register.

April 24 - Delaware County Outreach Day

Staff will be at Riddle Hospital from noon to 8 p.m. Schedule an appointment with our MS Navigators to answer your questions about the disease and the latest research. Learn about MS programs and services in your community. To schedule an appointment, call Karen Sheppard at (215) 271-1500. Click here for more information.

April 27 - A Day Away at the PMA: A Group Event at the Philadelphia Museum of Art 

Get lost among priceless works of art from around the globe. See world-famous pieces from the impressionists and others. Enjoy free all day admission and a museum lecture for you and up to 3 guests. Click here for more information and to register.

June 28 to 30 - Kids Get MS Too: Family Retreat in Middleburg, VA - only a few places remaining!

Join the National MS Society for a weekend retreat for families with a child or teen with multiple sclerosis or related condition. Meet others living with pediatric MS, share strengths and strategies, and make memories and friends that will last forever. To reserve your place or for more information, please contact Julie Vallelunga at 202-375-5608 or by email.

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FDA approves twice a day capsules called Tecfidera™ (formerly called BG-12) for Relapsing MS

TreatmentsThe U.S. Food and Drug Administration has approved Tecfidera™ capsules (dimethyl fumarate, Biogen Idec -formerly "BG-12") as a disease-modifying therapy for people with relapsing forms of MS. This makes the third oral therapy approved for relapsing MS, and the tenth disease-modifying treatment available in the U.S. Tecfidera is expected to be available by prescription within the next few days. READ MORE.


Tell us what you think of our communications

We are always looking for ways to improve the communications we provide to people living with MS and other people involved in the MS movement in the Greater Delaware Valley. Please take a few moments to complete our communications survey and tell us what you think about our newsletters, e-newsletters, direct mail and websites. This short survey should only take a few minutes to complete. Thank you - we greatly appreciate your feedback!

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Do you participate in our fundraising events? Help shape future events with this short survey

If you participated in Walk MS, the Bike MS: City to Shore Ride, or one of our other fundraising events between 2009 and 2012, this is your chance to send us your feedback and tell us about your experience at the event. Click here to complete the events survey.

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Be Inspired. Get Connected. Walk MS. 

What if we could connect every person living with MS? Every person who cares about someone with MS. Every family affected by it. Everyone who has seen what this disease can do to people. What if we could come together, even one day a year, to show the power of our connections? At Walk MS, our connections become more powerful than the connections MS destroys.

Walk MS is taking place on April 21, May 4 and May 5 at 14 sites across the Greater Delaware Valley. Click here to find a site near you. Sites include the Philadelphia Museum of Art on the banks of the Schuylkill River, family-favorite the Ocean City Boardwalk at the Jersey Shore, and our newest site - the Devon Horse Show and Country Fair. Register now, connect with others and start fundraising today.

If you have any questions, please contact the Walk MS team. We hope to see you there!

Don't miss the Women Against MS (WAMS) Luncheon

This year the National MS Society will honor local business leader Molly D. Shepard with the Woman of Spirit Award. Molly is President and Chief Executive Officer of The Leader's Edge/Leaders By Design, LLC, a company dedicated to the advancement of executive and high-potential women and men. She has made an unparalleled commitment to raising MS awareness and vital dollars to create a world free of multiple sclerosis.

Molly ShepardFriday, May 3
11:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.

Loews Philadelphia Hotel
1200 Market Street
Philadelphia, PA 19107

To reserve your seats, register online or complete the registration form (pdf).

This year's event is the 11th annual WAMS Luncheon and will be hosted by Kathy Orr of CBS3. Click here for more information. If you have any questions, please contact Maria Oberst at (215) 271-1500 or by email.


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