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Swim for MS News - January 2014

New Year, New Goals

Thank you to all of our Swimmers for their support and participation in 2013! This year, why not pledge to invite a friend to participate in Swim for MS. With your help, we could reach our goal of 500 new registrants in 2014!

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 on Twitter – visit this link to Share on Twitter

New Year's Revolution

For those that haven't ever participated in Swim for MS or volunteered for MSAA before: start the New Year off by pledging to support the MS community. Ways to support include volunteering one hour per month by helping MSAA spread the word, organizing your own event, or dive into action with Swim for MS!

How to Get Involved:

  • MSAA is on Facebook and Twitter - spread the wordStreet Squad
    For at least one hour, help MSAA spread the word about multiple sclerosis (MS) and how others can get involved! Post on your Facebook page, tweet on Twitter, and be sure to tag us on any social media platform that you use! If you are interested, sign up here!
  • Hold your own event like an MSAA golf tournamentHold your own event - Volunteer-driven fundraisers (also called third-party events) are an important part of MSAA's fundraising efforts. All fundraisers, large and small, play a vital role in raising awareness and funds to help support MSAA's free programs and services. Fundraisers can include bake sales, bowling competitions, golf tournaments, and more. If you would like to create your own event, please submit it for approval.
  • Swim for MS - Multiple Sclerosis Association of AmericaSwim for MS
    Swim for MS is a national fundraiser in which volunteers are encouraged to create their own swim challenge while recruiting online donations to support MSAA and the MS community. You can participate individually or recruit other swim enthusiasts to form a team. To register, please go to

Why I Swim

Thank you to all swimmers who submitted their swim stories! The period for stories to be submitted is now closed. We'll be selecting our featured stories by February and showcasing them in new inspirational videos later this year!

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 December 2013 Winner is...

Congratulations, Rachel DeMore, 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.