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Swim for MS News - February 2014

Important Fundraiser Update

MSAA’s current Swim for MS website will be temporarily down on Friday, February 21st.  At this time, all participant pages will be inactive and will not accept donations.  Access to the Participant Center will be closed. We will re-open registration on Monday, March 3rd for the 2014-2015 Swim for MS campaign. If you have any questions about this Swim for MS update, please let us know by emailing

March is MS Awareness Month!

Mark your calendars because Walt Disney World Company has donated four one–day Park Hopper passes in support of MS Awareness Month next month. Two lucky Swim for MS participants have a chance to receive two One-Day Park Hopper passes to Walt Disney World!  This opportunity is available to new registrants during the month of March.

Pledge to Swim for MS!

For those that have not signed up before:
Swim for MS
is a national fundraiser in which volunteers are encouraged to create their own individual or team swim challenge while recruiting online donations to support MSAA and the MS community. Swimming is a great activity for people of all ages and improves muscle strength, endurance, and flexibility – all at the same time!

In honor of MS Awareness Month next month and the MS community, pledge to Swim for MS!

  • Pledge to swim 250 laps and raise $250
  • Pledge to complete 500 cannonballs and raise $500
  • Pledge to raise awareness about multiple sclerosis in your community

Each month, the top Swim for MS fundraising participant for the previous month will receive an autographed photo of swimmer Missy Franklin.

To cheer you on, here is a special message from four-time Olympic gold medalist and MSAA Swim for MS Ambassador Missy Franklin!

For existing Swim for MS participants:
Invite a friend to participate in Swim for MS. With your help, we can reach our goal of 500 new registrants in 2014.

Share Your Swim Campaign on Facebook - here is an example Facebook status update you can use to promote your swim:
Take the #SwimForMS challenge to help support the #MultipleSclerosis community. Visit to register!

Share Your Swim Campaign on Twitter – visit this link to Share on Twitter            

Swim for MS swimsuit and water bottleSwim for MS Partnerships

Please visit our Swim for MS News archive for more information on our CaféPress site, as well as our swimsuit partnership with HARDCORESWIM.

The January 2014 Winner is...

Congratulations, Chris Arnold, for being the top Swim for MS fundraiser during the month of December!

About Swim for MS

Swim for MS is MSAA's signature fundraiser in which volunteers create their own unique swim challenge while recruiting online donations from supporters. Swim challenges can range from swimming laps for pledges to jumping cannonballs for cash. Swim for MS appeals to swim enthusiasts of all ages, social and community groups, students seeking volunteer service hours, and families enjoying their backyard pool. For more information and to register, please visit

Swim for MS News Archive

About MSAA

The Multiple Sclerosis Association of America is a national nonprofit organization and leading resource for the entire MS community, improving lives today through vital services and support. MSAA provides free programs and services, such as: a toll-free Helpline; award-winning publications including a magazine, The Motivator; website featuring educational videos and research updates; S.E.A.R.C.H.™ program to assist the MS community with learning about different treatment choices; a mobile phone app, My MS Manager™; a resource database, My MS Resource Locator; equipment distribution ranging from grab bars to wheelchairs; cooling accessories for heat-sensitive individuals; educational events and activities; MRI funding and insurance advocacy; and more. For additional information, please visit or call (800) 532-7667.