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Save your spot for the 2013 Annual Meeting

Join us for the 2013 Annual Meeting on Thursday, December 5 at the Hilton Philadelphia City Line Avenue. Come together with your local MS community to celebrate the accomplishments of the past year and key volunteers in the MS movement. Hear about the latest news in MS treatments and research and what's on the horizon. Find out what your local chapter is doing to help people living with MS.

  • 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. - Resource Fair
    Meet local service providers and National MS Society staff to discuss how we can help you address some of the everyday challenges of living with MS.
  • 6:30 to 9 p.m. - Dinner and presentations
    Rain PryorOur featured speaker this year is Rain Pryor, daughter of the late comedian Richard Pryor. Rain wears many hats (actress, singer, writer, producer and comedian), but perhaps the one closest to her heart is educator and advocate for MS. She is determined to find a cure for MS after her father lived with the disease for nearly 30 years. Don't miss this opportunity to hear about her experience having a loved one living with MS and why she is a passionate member of the MS movement.

This event is open to people living with MS and one (1) guest. There is no cost to attend, but pre-registration is required. Register online or call 1-800-FIGHT-MS (option 1) by Monday, December 2.

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The Annual Meeting will include a vote on the 2014 Board of Trustees. If you are unable to attend and would like to submit a vote by proxy, please call us on 1-800-548-4611.


Best weekend ever!

Thanks to everyone who participated in City to Shore 2013 last month! It was an incredible event with more than 7,000 cyclists and 1,000 volunteers all coming together for one reason - to support local people living with MS. Not only did we have beautiful weather on both days, we're well on our way to reaching our $5.6 million goal!

Click here to read about City to Shore at philly.com. Look out for photos on Shutterfly and Facebook soon.

Registration for City to Shore 2014 is now open! Sign up now and take advantage of the discounted rate of just $35. Ride weekend takes place on September 27 and 28.

Don't miss the MS Legal and Financial Clinic

Do you live in Philadelphia County? Do you need help with legal or financial issues? If so, don't miss our free legal and financial clinic on Saturday, November 2. Meet with a lawyer or financial specialist and receive the advice you need. Our volunteers are available to advise on:

  • Credit/debit consolidation 
  • Estate planning
  • Family law
  • Landlord/tenant counseling
  • Power of attorney drafting
  • Social Security Disability Insurance
  • Wills

The clinic is open to people living with MS in Philadelphia County over the age of 18. To apply, download the application form (pdf) and return it by Tuesday, October 15. If your application is successful, you will receive a 30 minute appointment between 9 a.m. and 3 p.m. If you have any questions, please call Karen Sheppard at 215-271-1500.


In the News

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> New data published from Canadian CCSVI prevalence study

> New technique for imaging myelin loss and repair shows potential for identifying compounds with future potential to treat MS

> MS Trial Alert: Investigators Recruiting for Phase IV Study of Aubagio (teriflunomide) to Explore Effectiveness, Tolerability and Patient Satisfaction

> Does Your Home Meet Your Needs? Rehabilitation Counselor Dr. Malachy Bishop Discusses the Housing Needs of People with MS


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Oct. 12 - Progressive MS: The Road Ahead

If you're living with progressive MS, join us in Center Valley, Pa. from 9:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. for educational presentations and a resource fair to help you navigate the road ahead. Presentations will focus on strengthening family resilience and research avenues for progressive MS. Register by October 10. Learn more.

Oct. 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.

Oct. 19 - What's Right for Me? The Latest in MS Treatments and Resources

Join us 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.  
Oct. 23, Nov. 6 and Dec. 4 - Living Well with MS Fall Teleconference Series

Join us from the comfort of your own home for the northwest region's fall teleconference series 'Living Well with MS'. This free educational series will discuss a diverse range of topics for people living with MS, including coping with MS pain, the emotional and physical health of caregivers, and MS research. Teleconferences take place from 7 to 8 p.m. Learn more.
Nov. 6 - Young with MS: Lucky Strike Bowling Night
The new Young with MS series continues on Wednesday, November 6 in Center City Philly. If you're in your 20s or 30s and you've got time to spare, go for a strike at this fun bowling night. Bring a friend and enjoy appetizers and free bowling from 6 to 8 p.m. This is a great way to get to know other people your age who are living with MS. Learn more. 
Nov. 12 and Dec. 10 - Can Do Multiple Sclerosis Webinars
This monthly webinar series from Can Do MS offers insights from MS experts and provides useful knowledge for people living with MS. Topics include 'Emerging Therapies: What Does the Future Offer?' and 'Coping and Adaptation: Strategies for Individuals and Families Living with MS'. Teleconferences take place from 8 to 9 p.m. Learn more.
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