Swim for MS News - September 2017
September is the start of a new school year and a new team swim season! Gather your team for a fundraising event everyone can do together just like Team #ChampionsTakeTheLake (pictured below).
The Champion family took part in a family Swim for MS event during their week long vacation at Crescent Lake in Maine. The 15 team members ranged in age from five to 81 years-old, and everyone was able to choose their own goals – pledging a certain amount of cannon balls, treading water for a length of time or swimming a certain distance. The team also held an open water swimming relay across the lake. The Champion family chose to participate in Swim for MS to support a family member who has been living with MS for more than a decade. They were excited to have the opportunity to tailor the fundraiser to the abilities and interests of their big group. Not only did the Champions have a wonderful vacation, but they enjoyed the added benefit of knowing they spent their time together having fun and raising awareness for MSAA.
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Rachael, who is participating in the Dopey Challenge at the 2018 Walt Disney World Marathon, will be running a total of 48.6 miles in honor of her father, Dan, who lives with MS. She is pledging to raise $4,500 to help improve the lives of those with MS. “If he can push himself every day, then the greatest thing I could do to show my appreciation for all he has done for our family, is to run the furthest and push myself outside of my comfort zone.”
Do you know anyone who loves the thrill of crossing the finish line at a big race? Join Team MSAA as we run in different endurance events across the nation! To learn more about Team MSAA, please visit support.mymsaa.org/TeamMSAA
Congratulations to Alexis Wilson for being our Top Swim for MS Fundraiser in the month of August! Sign up for Swim for MS for your chance to be the top fundraiser next month and win a Swim for MS portable 2-in-1 cooler/chair!
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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.