Swim for MS News - May 2018
Meet Brendan Livingston, May’s featured swimmer. Brendan was looking for a way to do something he loves, while supporting a close family friend who is living with MS, when he came across Swim for MS on VolunteerMatch.com. Brendan’s original goal was to swim 50 miles, the length of the Detroit River from one end to the other and back, by May 30th. Since meeting his initial goal, Brendan challenged himself further and is now trying to swim a total of 75 miles by the end of this month.
“Signing up for Swim for MS has really helped me keep up with my swimming, and having a goal and accomplishing it is one of the most rewarding feelings. I hope I can inspire others to participate in Swim for MS!”
Brendan is already halfway to his fundraising goal. Help him meet his goal by donating to his page!
National Water Safety Month
Did you know May is National Water Safety Month? Here are some great tips to stay safe this summer while swimming:
- 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 Yianni Kades for being our top individual Swim for MS Fundraiser for the month of April!
YOU could be the top Swim for MS fundraiser during the month of May! The top fundraiser each month will receive a Swim for MS portable 2-in-1 cooler/chair (while supplies last). We’ll reveal the top fundraiser of the month in the next Monthly Medley email. Register to swim this month!
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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.