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MS Challenge Talk inspires people to walk three days and 50 miles on Cape Cod to find a cure for multiple sclerosis. Listen to walk veterans tell their tales of battling MS and success stories for training, fundraising, and team-building. This podcast is produced by volunteers of the Greater New England chapter of the National Multiple Sclerosis Society (NMSS) in support of the MS Challenge Walk, a fundraising event held every September.

MS Challenge Talk - Stories of living with multiple sclerosis & fundraising for a cure on Cape Cod, Massachusetts Ken Gagne

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MS Challenge Talk inspires people to walk three days and 50 miles on Cape Cod to find a cure for multiple sclerosis. Listen to walk veterans tell their tales of battling MS and success stories for training, fundraising, and team-building. This podcast is produced by volunteers of the Greater New England chapter of the National Multiple Sclerosis Society (NMSS) in support of the MS Challenge Walk, a fundraising event held every September.

    Jumpstart Your Fundraising with Sue McCook, Ann Scannell, Steve Urquhart

    Jumpstart Your Fundraising with Sue McCook, Ann Scannell, Steve Urquhart

    Didn't attend the Jumpstart Your Fundraising meeting on January 26? Not a problem! We recorded the best advice, inspiration, and success stories for how you can fundraise toward a cure for multiple sclerosis.



    In this audio recording, you'll hear from Sue McCook about how to recruit restaurants and bars to your fundraising efforts; Ann Scannell about her team's fundraising efforts; and Steve Urquhart about corporate donations and company matching.



    Stay tuned for more episodes of MS Challenge Talk!

    • 20 min
    Jumpstart Your Fundraising with Michael Derick, Ken Gagne, Donn Hockman

    Jumpstart Your Fundraising with Michael Derick, Ken Gagne, Donn Hockman

    Didn't attend the Jumpstart Your Fundraising meeting on January 26? Not a problem! We recorded the best advice, inspiration, and success stories for how you can fundraise toward a cure for multiple sclerosis.



    In this audio recording, you'll hear from Michael Derick about why he does the walk and how to recruit for your team; Ken Gagne on how to expand your fundraising network; and Donn Hockman on how to host sustainable fundraising events.



    Stay tuned next week for more excerpts from this MS Challenge Walk brainstorming session!

    • 20 min
    Talking with first-timers

    Talking with first-timers

    Welcome to MS Challenge Talk, a weekly audio recording that introduces you to the people and stories behind MS Challenge Walk.



    This week, host Ken Gagne speaks with walkers and crew who participated in their first-ever MS Challenge Walk in 2012 about what brought them to the cause, how they trained for the undertaking, and their experiences on the trail. Those who spoke to Ken en route to the finish line include Rebecca Urquhart, Ashley Doyle, Trevor Fairbaugh, Rose Milefsky, Jodi Dwyer, Anne Marie Rogers, Colleen Fitzpatrick, Tigger, Sarah Matera, and Emily Flanders.

    • 22 min
    Talking with Carolyn Rossi

    Talking with Carolyn Rossi

    Welcome to MS Challenge Talk, a weekly audio recording that introduces you to the people and stories behind MS Challenge Walk.



    This week, host Ken Gagne speaks with Carolyn Rossi, captain of Walk With Wheels. When Carolyn was diagnosed with MS thirteen years ago, her friends wanted to do something to help. But how could she let them do something she wasn't willing to do herself? She signed up for MS Challenge Walk — and has been tackling it from her red wheelchair every year since. The only help she accepts is knowing her husband is on bicycle crew and her son Ethan is cheering her on; with that support, she tackles every hill herself, refusing to lie down on the job, determined to see a day when there is no more need for this event.



    This is the final episode of MS Challenge Talk. Thank you to all our guests and listeners for having been a part of this wonderful series of interviews!

    • 31 min
    Talking with Sara Bromley

    Talking with Sara Bromley

    Welcome to MS Challenge Talk, a weekly audio recording that introduces you to the people and stories behind MS Challenge Walk.



    This week, host Ken Gagne speaks with Sara Bromley, captain of Sara's Steele. Sara participated in her first MS Challenge Walk in 2011. Despite being an employee of the National MS Society's Connecticut chapter, she tackled the event with the same training and fundraising requirements as any walker. In this interview, hear her speak from the three perspectives of a patient with MS, a walker, and an NMSS employee.

    • 25 min
    Talking with Deb Flanagan

    Talking with Deb Flanagan

    Welcome to MS Challenge Talk, a weekly audio recording that introduces you to the people and stories behind MS Challenge Walk.



    This week, host Ken Gagne speaks with Debra Flanagan of Jerry's Jems. Deb walks every year in honor of her father, who has lived with MS since before Deb can remember. In this interview, she talks about what is "normal" for a family with MS, what she gets from her NMSS family and on Facebook that she can't find anywhere else, and why Jerry's Jems doesn't feel competitive with other teams — because we're all on the same team: "The ultimate goal is getting rid of MS. Getting a cure. Getting it gone — donezo — complete — put with the dinosaurs — seeya later."



    Also this week, hear from Brenda Barbour, the NMSS Greater New England Chapter's Associate Vice President of Volunteer Development, in an excerpt from last week's crew meeting as she prepares her volunteers for an amazing event.

    • 32 min

Customer Reviews

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A2history ,

Well worth a listen

I do not have any friends with MS, but have known some patients of mine over the years that have been diagnosed with it. What an amazing event to hold to raise money and awareness, and the enthusiasm of Ken for his subject is obvious. The production is professional and I could easily imagine hearing this as a weekly program on a radio station.

tawrey ,

Inspirational

Great podcast that gives you hope and inspiration on how you can make a change in the world today. I especially liked the informational tid bits about where the often overlooked places to raise money are and the upbeat discussion on working towards a cure. Way to be the change, you guys are awesome.

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