National MS Society Southern California & Nevada Chapter

National MS Society Southern California & Nevada Chapter The MS movement in Southern California and Nevada has come together to create a new and expanded Chapter that will better serve the nearly 19,000 people living with MS and their loved ones in our local communities.
The National MS Society is a collective of passionate individuals who want to do something about MS now - to move together toward a world free of multiple sclerosis. MS stops people from moving. We exist to make sure it doesn't.

𝗪𝗮𝗹𝗸 𝗠𝗦 𝘄𝗮𝘀 𝘀𝗼 𝗺𝘂𝗰𝗵 𝗳𝘂𝗻!"I was surrounded by family, friends and hundreds of people living with and supporting those liv...
12/31/2019

𝗪𝗮𝗹𝗸 𝗠𝗦 𝘄𝗮𝘀 𝘀𝗼 𝗺𝘂𝗰𝗵 𝗳𝘂𝗻!

"I was surrounded by family, friends and hundreds of people living with and supporting those living with MS. It was overwhelming and uplifting to see people in various stages of this disease participating in any way they could. I am so grateful to everyone who donated to my fundraiser (we raised over $1,000!), and to my family and friends who came and showed their support. I felt so incredibly loved." ~ferrarimamaof3 on Instagram.

You can help change the lives of nearly 1 million men, women and children before the year is out. That's how many people...
12/30/2019

You can help change the lives of nearly 1 million men, women and children before the year is out. That's how many people in the U.S. are living with MS — nearly twice as many as we previously thought.

Please make your tax-deductible gift now to be a part of the next big breakthrough that could change the world for them: https://ntlms.org/YearEndGivingM19.

"Bike MS has become a family tradition. It's the first thing that goes on my calendar every year. I ride because it allo...
12/26/2019

"Bike MS has become a family tradition. It's the first thing that goes on my calendar every year. I ride because it allows me to fight back against my mom's disease, while remembering my dad. I also love meeting the other riders and hearing their story. I'm very chatty on the road!" - @kristacollopy

"Decorating our Christmas tree is so special, especially for my three kids. Today my son handed me this ornament, given ...
12/24/2019

"Decorating our Christmas tree is so special, especially for my three kids. Today my son handed me this ornament, given to me by my twin sister, and asked me to do the honors.
'This one is for you mommy' ❤️🧡" ~balancedlifeinspiredfashion on Instagram.

"I keep moving in order to keep moving. I started running in addition to HIIT and strength work outs...I was gifted a bi...
12/19/2019

"I keep moving in order to keep moving. I started running in addition to HIIT and strength work outs...I was gifted a bike and gear from the Meat Fight team to ride in #BikeMS. I'm proud to say I rode both days of the ride and crossed both finish lines! MS means more than Multiple Sclerosis! It means #MyStrength #MadeStrong #MovingStill #MyStory" – Gayla

THANK YOU to our amazing volunteers who supported us at Walk MS events. It was a tremendous event season, and we could n...
12/17/2019

THANK YOU to our amazing volunteers who supported us at Walk MS events. It was a tremendous event season, and we could not have done it without YOU! 🧡

"Losing my eyesight was one of the scariest moments in my life. From there discovering depression, understanding why I f...
12/13/2019

"Losing my eyesight was one of the scariest moments in my life. From there discovering depression, understanding why I felt fatigue, forgetful, numbness, or even not having enough strength in my left arm. My MS has made me a stronger person, from seeing people walk away from my life and discovering that the only people I need by my side is my family.

I choose the picture because it was a very great moment in my life and it was a day full of joy and love."

~ @odalisb15 on Instagram

#ThisIsMS #MyInvisibleMS1

“The fear of one day not being able to walk or ride a bike gave me the drive to live every day to the fullest and to tak...
12/12/2019

“The fear of one day not being able to walk or ride a bike gave me the drive to live every day to the fullest and to take every day for what it is—the good, the bad and the ugly.” - Val

Photos from Challenge Walk MS: Southern California 2019 are available to view and download at https://ntlms.org/38BfdjM ...
12/12/2019

Photos from Challenge Walk MS: Southern California 2019 are available to view and download at https://ntlms.org/38BfdjM Thank you to our walkers, volunteers, and supporters!

"My family and I participated in Walk MS in honor of my mom's coworker. For those of you who don’t know MS is short for ...
12/10/2019

"My family and I participated in Walk MS in honor of my mom's coworker. For those of you who don’t know MS is short for Multiple Sclerosis -- where the immune system eats away at the protective covering of nerves. There is no cure for MS 😔 but treatments help. Multiple sclerosis causes many different symptoms, including vision loss, pain, fatigue, and impaired coordination. In life we take many things for granted including our physical health. Please let this be a message to you not to take the small things for granted such as being able to walk, see, eat, bathe, and breathe on your own. There are many people in the world who wished they could do half of the things you can do. I am honored to have walked for MS.🧡🧡" ~quinteciacha on Instagram.

We need you to tell Congress to get to work on the budget before the Dec 20th deadline. MS research funding and key fede...
12/06/2019

We need you to tell Congress to get to work on the budget before the Dec 20th deadline. MS research funding and key federal and state programs affecting people living with MS are at risk. Act now: https://ntlms.org/ContinuingResolution2. #MSactivist

"I was diagnosed in 2007 right when I started college and during my last year I had a huge relapse which confined me to ...
12/05/2019

"I was diagnosed in 2007 right when I started college and during my last year I had a huge relapse which confined me to a wheelchair. It took me a few months to recover and my walk has never been the same, but I am so grateful for my family, friends, and neuro team who got me through. Though slower, rigid, and tingly, I still appreciate every step of my walk because at least I am moving forward! I ride to continue raising awareness and support for MS patrons and their loved ones alike." - Jessica Photo: @jlam817 on Instagram.

"When we moved back to Maine I bought myself a used sewing machine thinking I would teach myself how to sew. Fast forwar...
12/04/2019

"When we moved back to Maine I bought myself a used sewing machine thinking I would teach myself how to sew. Fast forward two years and the machine hadn’t been touched. Early in 2018 I opened the manual and finally taught myself how to use it. I thought making a quilt out of my old Walk MS shirts would be a good learning experience. I definitely learned a lot about sewing, my machine, and my patience. The quilt has many imperfections, but also many more memories." ~hrrogers3 on Instagram.

Today is #GivingTuesday and our generous friends at The Yellow Rose Gala Foundation have created a $50,000 Challenge Fun...
12/03/2019

Today is #GivingTuesday and our generous friends at The Yellow Rose Gala Foundation have created a $50,000 Challenge Fund! They are challenging people like you to help give another $50,000 before midnight tonight. Every dollar will help those you love that are affected by MS to live their best lives. https://ntlms.org/mGivingTuesday19

12/03/2019
Giving Tuesday 2019

Tomorrow is #GivingTuesday. Your donation helps fund programs, services and research breakthroughs, all made possible by our donors. Please donate whatever amount you are able – every dollar counts. Thank you. https://ntlms.org/mGivingTuesday2019

"I love this man...I mean really truly love him! It's not just that he's awesome (and he is) but I am so awed by his spi...
11/30/2019

"I love this man...I mean really truly love him! It's not just that he's awesome (and he is) but I am so awed by his spirit and determination. No one knows how much he struggles with everyday tasks, how often he's in pain or too exhausted to function. No one knows because he doesn't complain. He doesn't give up or give in. He doesn't let his disease dictate his life. He's my hero, my MS warrior, and my best friend."

~ @bekahbay on Instagram

In three days on #GivingTuesday, Dec. 3rd, we must raise $1 million for the nearly 1 million people living with MS in the US, like Matt, to fund programs, services and research breakthroughs! https://ntlms.org/mGivingTuesday2019

When you shop online with AmazonSmile on Cyber Monday and all season long, the MS Society receives a portion of your pur...
11/29/2019

When you shop online with AmazonSmile on Cyber Monday and all season long, the MS Society receives a portion of your purchase amount. All you need to do is sign up: https://ntlms.org/AmazonSmile1.

Happy Thanksgiving! We hope you have a wonderful time with your family and friends!
11/28/2019

Happy Thanksgiving! We hope you have a wonderful time with your family and friends!

#GivingTuesday is less than a week away! On December 3, people around the world will come together and donate to the cha...
11/27/2019

#GivingTuesday is less than a week away! On December 3, people around the world will come together and donate to the charity of their choice. Why wait? Give today to help create a world free of MS: https://ntlms.org/mGivingTuesday2019.

𝐖𝐚𝐥𝐤 𝐌𝐒 𝐦𝐞𝐦𝐨𝐫𝐢𝐞𝐬 🧡"I was diagnosed in 2018 at 5 months pregnant. If not for my pregnancy, I would’ve pushed my symptoms ...
11/26/2019

𝐖𝐚𝐥𝐤 𝐌𝐒 𝐦𝐞𝐦𝐨𝐫𝐢𝐞𝐬 🧡

"I was diagnosed in 2018 at 5 months pregnant. If not for my pregnancy, I would’ve pushed my symptoms aside and gone about my normal life. I thank my little sunshine for forcing me to get checked out and was so happy to bring her and her siblings along with our whole extended family to our first Walk MS in May of this year." 🧡 --Catlyn Latham on Facebook

“I’ve ridden more than 20 Bike MS Rides. I originally thought I’d probably only do a few. After my first wife Debby (who...
11/21/2019

“I’ve ridden more than 20 Bike MS Rides. I originally thought I’d probably only do a few. After my first wife Debby (who had MS) passed away, I wasn’t sure I wanted to continue. I felt I’d done my part - raised a lot of money, done all the events, served on the board and as Chair, been a multi-event top fundraiser.

The passion for continuing to fight was fading. Then, thanks to a conversation with then new market President Rich Israel, I rediscovered my “why.” I decided to continue to ride for Debby…because she couldn’t. She never gave up; she bravely battled MS until she passed away and I felt that I shouldn’t give up either.” - John M.

We are a movement by and for people affected by multiple sclerosis. Until we end this disease forever, we will do whatev...
11/19/2019

We are a movement by and for people affected by multiple sclerosis. Until we end this disease forever, we will do whatever it takes to accelerate breakthroughs. Helping us accelerate breakthroughs are our Walk MS Team Captains - we thank you for your leadership and energizing your teams in the movement to end MS forever. https://ntlms.org/TCAWFB #walkMS

“I was diagnosed two years after donating a kidney. My kidney donation and my MS diagnoses happened at the same hospital...
11/14/2019

“I was diagnosed two years after donating a kidney. My kidney donation and my MS diagnoses happened at the same hospital and six months after I was diagnosed with MS, I was let go from a company I had worked at for 20 years. That being said I am outrageously blessed for many reasons:

1) My first relapse was paralysis which kept me in the hospital until I got a diagnosis.

2) Because of the quick diagnosis and starting disease altering treatments quickly after my first relapse (I have relapsing remitting MS).

3) I am so passionate about National MS Society and their fundraising efforts because of the impact it’s had on early diagnosis and disease altering treatments for relapsing remitting MS.

Our challenge now is to find a good disease altering treatment for all people living with Progressive MS and a CURE of all MS!” - Tim.

Thank you Tim for your passion and dedication. We hope this story provides you hope and strength today.

𝐖𝐚𝐥𝐤 𝐌𝐒 𝐦𝐞𝐦𝐨𝐫𝐢𝐞𝐬 🧡"One of my favorite Walk MS memories was when Tyler picked me up after my legs got weak towards the en...
11/12/2019

𝐖𝐚𝐥𝐤 𝐌𝐒 𝐦𝐞𝐦𝐨𝐫𝐢𝐞𝐬 🧡

"One of my favorite Walk MS memories was when Tyler picked me up after my legs got weak towards the end of the walk. I also love all the support I get from my friends every year. My friend Cassi in the front of picture has walked and raised funds for MS every year since our team as started. We have many more team members that also come and support the cause yearly too. It truly is something I look forward to every year. I honestly just love the whole event!" --Kendra Smith on Facebook

11/10/2019
Challenge Walk MS

Thank you Challenge Walkers!

Congrats Challenge Walkers on finishing 50 miles, fundraising half a million dollars and getting us a step closer to a cure!

11/09/2019

Challenge Walk MS: SoCal day 2

Chef Chris Holland, a two-time champion on the Food Network's Chopped program will compete again on November 12, but thi...
11/08/2019

Chef Chris Holland, a two-time champion on the Food Network's Chopped program will compete again on November 12, but this time if he wins, the $10,000 prize goes to the National Multiple Sclerosis Society. For Chef Chris, it’s personal - he was diagnosed with MS in 2004.

“When Chopped ask me to come back and compete again, I wanted to represent all of us who live every day with the uncertainty that this disease brings; to show them that there is living left to do after the diagnosis, and to not give up on their dreams.”

“Bike MS is not only raising MUCH NEEDED money for people like me, it’s also motivating people like me, inspiring people...
11/07/2019

“Bike MS is not only raising MUCH NEEDED money for people like me, it’s also motivating people like me, inspiring people like me, and creating connections with so many others. It completely saved my life and changed my entire outlook. I’m not alone in this – I’ve met countless people over the last year who participate each season because they too have found happier, more meaningful lives ever since they started – and have learned to face, accept, and even embrace this disease. Mostly, we can do that because of the support we feel from the community that this has created – and because we KNOW a cure is just around the corner. That isn’t a hunch, it is absolutely the case. They are working toward it, they are getting closer, and it’s because of fundraising like this.” -Molly Grace

Congrats MS Activists for helping to pass major legislation prohibiting "pay-for-delay" prescription drug pricing. Pharm...
11/06/2019

Congrats MS Activists for helping to pass major legislation prohibiting "pay-for-delay" prescription drug pricing. Pharma companies in CA will no longer be able to pay a generic competitor to delay research, production, or sale of a competitive drug, which will save Californians hundreds of millions of dollars.

Assemblymember Jim Wood (D-Santa Rosa) wrote the bill, which was sponsored by Attorney General Becerra. Thank you, California Governor Gavin Newsom for helping lower prescription drug costs!

Don't miss the Latest Updates in Neuroimmunology: 4th Annual Conference for Healthcare Professionals and Patients on Nov...
11/04/2019

Don't miss the Latest Updates in Neuroimmunology: 4th Annual Conference for Healthcare Professionals and Patients on November 7, 7:30 am - 2:15 pm at the Cedars-Sinai Harvey Morse Conference Center in Los Angeles.

Led by expert faculty, you will learn about these challenging disorders and the importance of a careful diagnosis and early intervention using the latest medical approaches.

For more information and to register, visit: https://ntlms.org/2lfHPLD

Happy Halloween everyone. Have a safe and fun day!
10/31/2019

Happy Halloween everyone. Have a safe and fun day!

“Looks can be incredibly deceiving. What’s that old saying? Don’t judge a book by its cover. I may appear completely fin...
10/30/2019

“Looks can be incredibly deceiving. What’s that old saying? Don’t judge a book by its cover. I may appear completely fine in person, photos, etc but that doesn’t mean I FEEL fine. Let me make this clear- I may look ‘fine’ but inside I’m fighting one hell of a monster. We all are. All those who battle multiple sclerosis know of the hidden monsters we fight daily. The fact that it can also be#invisible is like adding salt to the wound. Believe me when I say, I appreciate the compliment (who doesn’t love being told they look great) but please just be aware of how you may come across. Yes we may not look ill physically, but it’s there. It’s always there. So if there’s one lesson to take away from today it’s that it’s perfectly normal for someone to be sick and look totally fine! ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
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I think I can speak for many of the MS community when I say, we are not ‘being over dramatic.’ We are not ‘faking it.’ We are not ‘lazy.’ We are just simply trying to adapt to a new lifestyle and would appreciate nothing more from our family members, friends, coworkers, whoever to do some research to become just a smidge more aware of what we’re going through. Researching MS on your own may not sound like it would make a huge difference, but 1 more person informed (even on just the basics) is 1 less of those completely unaware. It’s a step forward and it’s one that I encourage you all to take for the betterment of yourself and those around you!” ~ @arose on Instagram

#MyInvisibleMS #ThisIsMS

"Meet my daughter Savannah. She walks for grandma Gee Gee. MS is an autoimmune disease that affects the brain and spinal...
10/29/2019

"Meet my daughter Savannah. She walks for grandma Gee Gee. MS is an autoimmune disease that affects the brain and spinal cord. It is a medical mystery with no cure. However, through awareness and donations like #walkms we have made progress in the treatment process. Let’s kick MS where it hurts and find a cure." --dennisjohnson_familyfirst on Instagram.

Multiple sclerosis comes with a unique set of financial challenges. But you can empower yourself with the right resource...
10/28/2019

Multiple sclerosis comes with a unique set of financial challenges. But you can empower yourself with the right resources and information. Discover how the National MS Society can connect you with financial assistance and other resources: https://ntlms.org/MoveForwardC.

Are you up to the Challenge? Challenge Walk MS: Southern California is taking place November 8-10! For additional inform...
10/25/2019

Are you up to the Challenge? Challenge Walk MS: Southern California is taking place November 8-10! For additional information and to register, please visit https://ntlms.org/CWSoCal19 #challengewalkMS

“I have always loved cycling as a kid. It was the first thing I thought of, as it challenges all aspects of the body. Cr...
10/24/2019

“I have always loved cycling as a kid. It was the first thing I thought of, as it challenges all aspects of the body. Crossing the finish line reinforced my deep belief that even though I have MS, it will not stop me, I will fight, and I will fight hard. I am not done because I have an unpredictable disease, I am just getting started. I accomplished a goal that I had doubts about when I first signed up. But as I trained, and as I pushed and fought, I realized that it was within my reach.” -Noah Mason, when asked about his accomplishments with Bike MS.

After a particularly difficult week of MS symptoms, Michael decided to try acupuncture. Read about his experience: https...
10/23/2019
Got Chi?: MS Connection

After a particularly difficult week of MS symptoms, Michael decided to try acupuncture. Read about his experience: https://ntlms.org/GotChi.

I never saw it coming. Not in a million years. Acupuncture? Needles all over my body? There was no amount of money you could pay me to do that...  

𝐖𝐚𝐥𝐤 𝐌𝐒 𝐦𝐞𝐦𝐨𝐫𝐢𝐞𝐬 🧡"My first Walk MS was earlier this year. I was diagnosed in 2015. The best part was that my daughter d...
10/22/2019

𝐖𝐚𝐥𝐤 𝐌𝐒 𝐦𝐞𝐦𝐨𝐫𝐢𝐞𝐬 🧡

"My first Walk MS was earlier this year. I was diagnosed in 2015. The best part was that my daughter did it with me. I'm lucky and grateful that I have a strong support system." --Stacie Greene Betterman on Facebook.

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