This event has been rescheduled to March 10th due to weather.
This DIY fundraiser is hosted by Jo Ann Bodenmiller, and benefits the Ohio Valley Chapter of the National MS Society.
A Guest Blog by Penny Ake, Springfield, OhioI was happy to learn that Walk MS: Springfield would be May 17th of this year (see all dates and times here). First, I am hoping for warmer weather! Secondly, it gives me more time to fundraise.
2014 will be Team Triple Threat’s third year participating in Walk MS: Springfield. Each year, we add additional fundriasing events and raise more money. We are proud of our accomplishments, but our competitive nature drives us to do even more.
How do we fundraise?
I find when I wear my MS T-shirt or MS jacket it often sparks conversation with people who either know someone with MS or ask me about what MS is. It gives me the perfect opportunity to share my story and stress the importance of finding a cure. If I’m in a business such as a sandwich shop, you can believe I promise them they will hear from me around the beginning of May!
It is never too early to raise funds which are critical in funding needed items for people living with MS patients and for research to find the cure!
Ready, set, go!
The views, endorsements, and opinions of the guest blogger do not necessarily reflect the views of the National MS Society. The featured services are not services of the National Multiple Sclerosis Society. The featured services have not been reviewed and approved. We did, however, want to iform you of this opportunity as a service/courtesy to our members.
If you would like to be a guest blogger, please email Rich Walburg.
A handful of these limited edition ties are available for just $57 each. All proceeds benefit the Ohio Valley Chapter of the National MS Society. To purchase, please email or phone Mary Wright at 513-956-4110.
Special Thanks to Dhani Jones and Chad Williamson of Bow Tie Cause for their dedication to this project!
Throughout the weekend, children will have the opportunity to get to know others sharing in a similar situation; having a parent living with MS.
Activities will include swimming, canoeing, sports, arts & crafts, and more. There will also be informational sessions about multiple sclerosis, feelings experienced, and other hard-to-discuss topics for children.
For more information on Camp Connect, please contact Rebecca Bailey at 614-515-4609.
Hyatt Place has reserved a block of rooms for families wanting to stay in Columbus while their child is at camp. The room rate is $105/night for a king room and $115 for a double-bed room. Hyatt Place has a pool and breakfast is provided in the morning. Please phone 614-846-4355 and use the group code “NMSS”. The block will expire May 8.
Anyone living in the state of Ohio is welcome to apply. Presented by the Ohio Buckeye Chapter.
Celebrate MS Awareness Week by joining the Ohio Valley Chapter for a special screening of When I Walk – at 2 locations!
PLEASE CLICK BELOW TO RESERVE YOUR TICKETS
When I Walk is a life-affirming film driven by a young man’s determination to thrive – and to make sense of multiple sclerosis through the art of cinema.
* We must reach a ticket threshold before the event deadlines to confirm each screening. The deadline for The Neon is February 23rd. The Deadline for Showcase Springdale 18 is February 27th. Don’t worry! If the threshold isn’t reached, the event will be called off and no one will be charged for his or her ticket purchase.
It has been one year since I began submitting occasional entries to the National MS Society, Valley Chapter blog. As we’ve already ushered in a New Year, it seemed like a good time to reflect as well as peer ahead into what 2014 may hold.
It’s been a busy year: my son graduated from high school, my relationship ended, my son went away to college, my older dog passed away (I certainly hope I am able to exit this world surrounded by the same amount of love and care that she had), I made new friends, hit a career high and challenged myself in new ways. All in all, a little bit of life’s frustrations all balanced with a lot of joy and happiness.
Which made me realize that, while I have actually been in the midst of the specific turmoil or pain, my focus on those things was much more intense than when I was surrounded by people and events that brought me joy and happiness. Think about it: how often do you look back and resurrect the hurt, pain, guilt, embarrassment, sorrow, etc., focusing on those negative feelings and emotions far longer than they are worth taking up in your mind and your heart?
I heard an internationally recognized relationship speaker say this in a television show this year: “It takes the same amount of energy to believe as it does to worry; use that energy in the right direction.” That, and a few other things she had shared, came at a time when I needed a mental turning point. That’s when my “business brain” kicked in and I started making a list.
In business, we call it a “Ben Franklin” list: on one side of the list, you draft all of the positive things on which you’re focusing (good things that have happened to you; positive events in your life; good reasons to do an activity or event; etc.), and on the other side of the list, draft your negative focuses. This list typically enables the user to make a decision toward something that benefits them positively. In this case, the list enabled me to reflect on the positive things in my life and remind me of how great my life actually is. Using that same energy in the right direction.
Instead of focusing on being an empty nester or alone, I began focusing on my son’s achievement of his high school graduation and his acceptance into college. Instead of focusing on the pain of the loss of my relationship, I began focusing on what I had learned about myself during that time and what I wanted for myself for the future and committing myself to having it. Instead of focusing on my older dog’s passing, I rejoiced in the big, yellow lab that still lay at my side with his giant brown eyes and go take him for another long walk. Instead of focusing on the ways I felt limited (I still can’t remove the darn water filter cartridge from the refrigerator!), I embraced all of the new ways I had challenged myself this year with stand-up paddle-boarding, kayaking, indoor rock-wall climbing and snow skiing.
Let’s spend our days focusing on the joy, happiness and love in our lives and fully let those positive feelings “all in.”
The views, endorsements, and opinions of the guest blogger do not necessarily reflect the views of the National MS Society. If you would like to be a guest blogger, please email Rich Walburg.
Our sister chapters (National Capital, New York City-Southern New York, Greater Delaware Valley) of the National MS Society are pleased to present a series of four teleconferences on a variety of topics related to employment and MS.
Teleconferences will take place from 7 to 8 p.m. EST on alternate Thursdays between February 20 and April 3, 2014.
About the series
A teleconference is an opportunity to learn new information by calling into a designated toll-free number to hear an interactive presentation. You can ask questions or just listen to the information. Best of all, you can do so from the comfort of your own home. Participate in all six teleconferences or just the ones that interest you. Please note that you will need to register for each teleconference individually.
Maintaining Cognitive and Emotional Health While Unemployed
Thursday, February 20 from 7 to 8 p.m. EST
Psychologist Lauren Strober will discuss current research that shows the importance of staying productive to maintain your health while unemployed. Along with others living with MS, she will share practical tips on how this is accomplished. The deadline to register for this call is February 13. Click here to register.
Federal Hiring Initiatives for People with Disabilities
Thursday, March 6 from 7 to 8 p.m. EST
The Federal Government is taking steps to become a model employer for people with disabilities. Michael Murray of the U.S. Office of Personnel Management (OPM) will discuss Schedule A hiring authority and U.S. Department of Labor regulations designed to increase the employment of people with disabilities by federal government contractors. The deadline to register is February 27. Click here to register.
Home-Based Employment: What You Need to Know
Thursday, March 20 from 7 to 8 p.m. EST
Are you interested in working from home? Have you been unsuccessful in finding work-from-home positions? Home-based workers living with MS, along with MS Employment Specialist Barbara McKeon, will share tips and resources to help increase your chances of succeeding at home-based employment. The deadline to register is March 13. Click here to register.
Social Security Disability Application Secrets
Thursday, April 3 from 7 to 8 p.m. EST
Applying for Social Security disability benefits can be a difficult and lengthy process with a high chance of being denied the first time around. Disability advocate Delores Gonzalez will share information you need to know to increase your chances of getting your application approved. The deadline to register is March 27. Click here to register.
How to register
To register for one or more of the teleconferences in this series, please click on the link(s) provided or call the National MS Society at 1-800-344-4867 at least one week prior to the teleconference(s) in which you would like to participate. You will receive call-in instructions and an information packet via email approximately one week prior to each call for which you are registered.
If you have any questions, please email Kristin Barnes.
Ohioans – we need you to share your story at Ohio Advocacy and Activism Day for the National MS Society.
Legislators in Columbus want to hear your thoughts!!!
Might you be available to join us March 18th, 2013, 9:30 am – 3:30 pm?
If you are available, please complete this form, and fax it to 513-769-6019.
OR mail it to:
National MS Society, Ohio Valley Chapter
4440 Lake Forest Drive,
Suite 120 Cincinnati, Ohio 45242
For more information, please email Amanda or phone 513-956-4110, extension 60103.
Also, here is a list of frequently asked questions.
Please join us for Wellness Wednesday, a Life with MS group especially for those living with multiple sclerosis.
It’s from 10 a.m. – Noon, on the last Wednesday of every month, at UC Women’s Health Center in West Chester, 4th floor (this group is for men and women).
A wide array of topics will be discussed to help you live a happier and healthier life!
Please RSVP (required) by email, or phone Kristin Barnes at 513-956-4110, extension 60106.