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Get the help you need at MS Service Day

We're still accepting applications for this free event on Saturday, October 26. If you live in Camden or Gloucester County and could use help with outdoor projects, such as yard work or painting, click here to apply by this Saturday, September 14. Our volunteers could be on their way to help you soon! If you have any questions, please call Mollie Burns or Pat Thieringer at (215) 271-1500. 


You're invited!

Larry Kane book coverYou're invited to a free release party for the new book, When They Were Boys: The True Story of the Beatles' Rise to the Top, written by the chapter Vice Chair and local news legend Larry Kane. 

Date: Thursday, September 19
Time: 6 p.m.
Address: Vie, 600 N. Broad St., Philadelphia, PA 19130
RSVP: Email us by Tuesday, September 17.

For more information, click here.


MS Connection Groups

New group in Monroe County
If you live near Brodheadsville, Pa., join us for the first meeting of this new support group on Monday, September 23 from 6:30 to 8 p.m. Learn about the latest research, treatments, programs and services, and gain practical tips and support from the other members of the group and our speakers' bureau. Regular meetings will take place on the fourth Monday of each month. Learn more.

MS 101 Telephone Support Group
If you're newly diagnosed (within the last five years), tune in from the comfort of your own home to this professionally-led educational series and support group. Presented by Dr. Lamar Freed, meetings will cover essential topics about MS, such as symptoms and treatment options, fatigue management and effects on the family. Join us for the next meeting on Thursday, October 3 from 7 to 8 p.m. and regular meetings on the first Thursday of each month. Learn more.

Click here for more information about MS Connection Groups and to find a group near you.


Latest edition of MSConnection out now

The Summer 2013 issue of MSConnection is now available. Inside, you'll find articles about gearing up for this year's Bike MS events, how to prepare to disclose a diagnosis of MS to an employer, and the chapter's recent award for continuing excellence. 

Click here to view the interactive version. If you would prefer to download the newsletter as a pdf, click here.


Nationwide Service Provider of the Month

We are pleased to announce that HealthCare.gov is the National MS Society's Nationwide Service Provider of the Month. HealthCare.gov is the official website of the Affordable Care Act, a Federal Law enacted in 2010 that is being phased in over multiple years. As of October 1, 2013, new online marketplaces (sometimes called exchanges) will offer a new way for people to shop for individual plans and small business group coverage. Along with the establishment of the Marketplaces, several provisions of the law will be enacted, including the establishment of Essential Health Benefits and ensuring no one can be denied coverage because of a pre-existing condition.

As of late June, individuals can use this site to sign up for free updates by email or text, or ask questions through the online chat or toll free service, and compare available plans right now. When the Marketplace opens in October, people can use this website as a starting point to help apply for coverage, compare plans, apply for subsidies, and enroll. This provider appears on the Health Care Reform Resources page of the Society’s national website.


In the News

> Jack Osbourne 'Dancing With the Stars' to Shine Light on Multiple Sclerosis

> FDA Investigating Case of PML in Person Receiving Gilenya

> MS Trial Alert: Researchers in California, Colorado, New Mexico and Pennsylvania Recruiting Women with Progressive or Relapsing MS for Study of Estriol to Improve Cognition

> MS Trial Alert: Abili-T Study of Tcelna Immunotherapy Recruiting 180 People with Secondary-Progressive MS in U.S. and Canada


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Support the Bike MS: City to Shore Ride on Facebook

Danzeisen & Quigley, one of the sponsors for the Bike MS: City to Shore Ride, is giving you another way to support the event. For every new Facebook "like" they receive between now and Monday, September 30, they will donate $1 to City to Shore. Click here to "like" their page and tell your friends, family members, colleagues and others to "like" them too!



September 17 - Newly Diagnosed Teleconference Series
This free teleconference series offers people who are newly diagnosed the opportunity to hear useful information directly from experts in the field. The final teleconference will take place from 7 to 8 p.m. and discuss 'To Tell or Not to Tell: Disclosing Your MS'. Click here to sign up.

September 18 - Young with MS: Happy Hour and Job Tips
If you’re in your 20s or 30s, kick back with us at one of Philly's favorite spots, The Field House, from 6 to 8 p.m. Meet other people your age who are living with MS at this casual event. You can bring one buddy, but everyone must be 21 or older. Click here to save your spot.

September 21 and 22 - Bike MS: Bike to the Bay
The Delaware Chapter's 30th annual Bike to the Bay event is a two-day cycling adventure that will take you through some of the most scenic paths in the state all the way to the coastline. Learn more.  

September 25 - Ask the Employment Specialist: Telephone Question and Answer Session
If you have questions about employment and MS, join us from 12 to 1 p.m. to hear from two National MS Society employment specialists. Topics will include workplace disclosure, social security disability benefits, accommodations, returning to work, and more. Click here to sign up.

September 28 and 29 - Bike MS: City to Shore Ride
7,000 cyclists are gearing up to ride through some of the most picturesque routes in New Jersey to make a difference in the fight against MS. Get involved as a cyclist or volunteer at MSCycling.org.

October 12 - Progressive MS: The Road Ahead
If you're living with progressive MS, join us at DeSales University in Center Valley, PA from 9:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. for this educational event and resource fair. MS experts will discuss 'Strengthening Family Resilience' and 'Research Avenues for Progressive MS'. Learn more.

October 17 - The Right Notes: Wine Tasting and Jazz Event
Don't miss The Right Notes, presented by the National MS Society and the Somers Point Jazz Society. Reserve your tickets now for an evening of superb wine, philanthropy, and great music from renowned tenor saxophonist Dr. Michael Pedicin and his quartet. We're also planning an exciting charity golf event beginning at 12:30 p.m. Learn more.

October 19 - What's Right for Me? The Latest in MS Treatments and Resources
Join us at the Centerton Country Club and Event Center in Pittsgrove, N.J. to learn more about MS treatments and research and find out how to address some of the daily challenges of living with MS. Taking place from 9:30 a.m. to 1 p.m., the event features a presentation by Dr. Donald Barone, MS Neurologist at Rowan University, and an accompanying resource fair. Learn more.

For more upcoming events, please visit the chapter calendar.

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