Swim for MS News - May 2017
This month’s featured swimmers are the members of the University of Iowa College of Dentistry Team! While looking for different events for her fellow classmates to become involved with, Team Captain, Elaine, found MSAA’s Swim for MS challenge. Elaine, a collegiate swimmer herself, thought it would be great to incorporate a passion of hers while supporting MSAA with her classmates, faculty, and staff. Elaine’s biggest piece of advice for anyone thinking about starting their own Swim for MS challenge is to be passionate about it and focus on your goals.
National Water Safety Month
May is National Water Safety Month! Stay safe this summer with these safety tips:
- Swim with a buddy! Don’t let your buddies swim alone, even at a public pool or beach with lifeguards. Always use the buddy system.
- Learn CPR! Learning CPR can save a life. Classes are available at most hospitals, community centers or by contacting the American Red Cross.
- Establish pool rules! For example, don’t let anyone play near drains or suction fittings, don’t leave objects such as toys that may attract a child in the pool area and never assume that someone else is watching a child in the pool.
Congratulations to Team Jaguars for being our Top Swim for MS Fundraiser in the month of April!
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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 SwimforMS.org.
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™; My MSAA Community, a safe online peer-to-peer network where members share their experiences with MS; 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 http://www.mymsaa.org or call (800) 532-7667.