MS Mondays: Unique Charity Events

I’m sure you’ve heard about the many Bike MS, Walk MS and Muck Ruckus events happening all over the country. They are great ways to raise money for National Multiple Sclerosis Society’s research and promote awareness, but did you know there are other ways to raise money for MS?  Sometimes, to really raise awareness for an issue, you need to do something BIG. Something that will get people talking. I’ve rounded up a few unique events that definitely will get people talking! Talk to your local chapter about having one of these events in your town!

4th Annual MS Jet Pull

Photo: WPRI.com

A jet pull is just how it sounds. 25 teams of 25 try to pull a 2,000 lb jet across a tarmac! This particular event happened last weekend in Rhode Island and expects bring in $50,000!

Zumbathon!

Zumba for MS!

Zumba for MS!

If you don’t know what Zumba is, where have you been? It is the newest fitness/dance craze and it’s been taking the country by storm. Now dance studios are hosting Zumbathons to raise money for the National MS Society. In May, the Greater Delaware Valley Chapter hosted a Zumbathon event on the Philadelphia Museum of Art’s steps (famous from being in Rocky). Visit their Facebook page to see when the next event will be held: http://www.facebook.com/ZumbathonforMS! If we hear of any Zumbathon events happening in other areas, we’ll let you know!

MaSquerade Ball

Feeling fancy? Then head to the MaSquerade of Tampa on February 16, 2013 for a black tie event. Last year’s event raised over $27,000 for MS research. According to the founding family, “In 2002, my family decided that we needed to do something to help improve the lives of those affected by MS. We formed a non-profit organization and started a fundraiser called MaSquerade, and in our first year we raised $7,000 for the National Multiple Sclerosis Society. To date, we have raised over $100,000 for MS research. Compared to many other fundraisers in the community, we are small. But we are mighty in our commitment to finding a cure and in our determination to grow MaSquerade into a force to be reckoned with in Tampa Bay.”

 

MS Charity Poker 

Better start working on that poker face! Since 2004, the MS Turek Charity Classic has raised nearly $200,000 for Multiple Sclerosis. This year’s event will be held on November 4th in Mount Kisco, NY.  For more information on the event, click here.

 

If you know of any other unique fundraising events, please let me know!

And now it’s time for today’s MS Monday Motivational Moment.

 

Multiple Sclerosis Resources

UroMed provides links to the following educational resources for patients, caregivers and medical professionals to help increase awareness, support and assistance for people affected by Multiple Sclerosis.

We are also strong advocates. Almost 20% of UroMed’s Customer Care Associates or one of their family members has some form of disability, enabling us to share our understanding and expertise when working with you.

20% of UroMed employees either have a disability or a family member with a disability.

20% of UroMed employees either have a disability or a family member with a disability.

Just Diagnosed

You may have a wide range of questions and concerns if you or a loved one has just been diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis. The National Multiple Sclerosis Society has created a special page to help you with the information and support you need to live comfortably and confidently with this change in your life. Please visit http://www.nationalmssociety.org/about-multiple-sclerosis/newly-diagnosed/index.aspx

Advanced MS

Although MS is a progressive disease, the rate of progression differs from one person to another. The key message to anyone living with advanced MS is that there is always more that can be done to improve the situation. For people whose MS has become more disabling—and their family members and friends—the NMSS has provided information about how to manage the challenges they face at http://www.nationalmssociety.org/about-multiple-sclerosis/living-with-advanced-ms/index.aspx

Multiple Sclerosis & Urology Questions

The National Multiple Sclerosis Society also has produced an excellent brochure to assist people with urological information, Living with an MS Bladder.


About the Author:
 Lindsey Beacham, from Atlanta, serves as Marketing Coordinator for UroMed. She graduated from Auburn University with a B.A. in Criminology and from Georgia State University with a B.B.A in Marketing. When she’s not busy with marketing or studying for additional degrees, she enjoys cooking, reading, and spending time with her family.

About UroMed Catheters
Headquartered in Suwanee, GA [a suburb of Atlanta], UroMed is one of the nation’s leading providers of single-use catheters, urological and disposable medical supplies, including intermittent catheters, closed system catheters, condom catheters, pediatric catheters and continence care products. UroMed is nationally accredited for Medicare reimbursement and most state Medicaid plans, and partners with private health insurance providers and health plans to provide patients with single-use catheters, catheter kits and incontinence products. UroMed also has seven staffed regional offices located in Boston, MA; Columbia, SC; Jacksonville, FL; Dallas, TX; Carlsbad, CA; Knoxville, TN; Richmond, VA; and Baton Rouge, LA; enabling next-day delivery after a customer’s initial medical supply order. For more information, please visit http://www.uromed.com or call 1-800-841-1233.

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