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About the Challenge Walk MS

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ABOUT THE WALK

Q: What is the Challenge Walk MS?

A : This is the greatest walk you will ever take: connecting to end MS over three days, 50 miles! The Challenge Walk MS pushes you to exceed what you think are your limits, physically and philanthropically. Fundraising from the Challenge Walk MS provides vital MS education, support, advocacy, services, and research through the National Multiple Sclerosis Society. It’s not about being athletic, it’s about raising the bar to stop progression, restore function, and end multiple sclerosis forever.  Join our commitment to help  400,000 families across the United States, and 2.3 million worldwide, who live with the unpredictable challenges of MS every day. Join our commitment on this life-changing journey...the Challenge Walk MS. Register today using the buttons to the right.

Q: When and where is the Challenge Walk MS?

A: Three days, the weekend of September 11-13, 2015, on Cape Cod. Walkers start from the village green in Hyannis, and work their way 20 miles towards Brewster, via Yarmouth, seeing beautiful ocean, Cape commerce, and kettle ponds. Day 2 takes walkers 20 miles through Orleans and Eastham, then circles back to Brewster. On day 3, walkers head 10 miles to Dennis for a 'pre-finish' with massage and barbecue, and a chance to say good-bye to new friends made along the way. From Dennis, walkers are bussed to the Transportation Center in Hyannis, and everyone walks the final half-mile together back to the village green, with Challenge walkers who have MS in the lead. The terrain is varied, but the National MS Society supports walkers every step of the way! People of all mobility levels are provided accessible options where the route presents difficulty, for example sand.

Q: Who is organizing the Challenge Walk MS?

A: The Greater New England Chapter of the National MS Society, with the help of many volunteers, organizes the Challenge Walk MS on Cape Cod. We work hard to make sure your experience in the Challenge Walk MS is safe, fun, exciting, and rewarding!

Q: How can I participate?

A: You can move us all closer to a world free of MS by walking, crewing, or volunteering! The registration fee is only $75 (for walkers and crew). This commits walkers to the Challenge of raising $1,500 or more. Register online using the buttons at the right, or contact us by email or phone.

Q. Am I required to walk the whole distance in order to participate?

A. We encourage you to prepare to walk the entire distance; however, no matter how far you do walk the fundraising minimum of $1,500 stays the same.

Q: What kind of support does the Society offer to walkers?

A: The Challenge Guide helps you create a successful training regimen. Optional training walks help you get in shape while getting to know your fellow walkers. At the event, expect a fully stocked rest stop every three to four miles, offering fruit, snacks, water, and fluid-replacement drinks. We also provide smaller refreshment stops every few miles. If necessary, support vehicles patrolling the route will give you a lift to the next rest stop or back to base camp.

Q: How can I volunteer or join Crew for the weekend?

We welcome volunteers with a wide range of talent and skills! For more information about volunteering or joining Crew, visit our  Volunteering page.

Q: Where do I sleep?

A: Participants and crew stay in cabins at the Cape Cod Sea Camps in Brewster. Cabins accommodate 6-10 people. You may, of course, choose to secure your own accommodations at your own expense from among the many fine motels and hotels on the Cape. Please note that shuttle service from the Sea Camps to area lodging is limited. Before booking, make sure your hotel is listed on our Hotel List on the Document Downloads page.

Q: What is an ETC meeting?

A: Do you want to know more about the Challenge Walk MS before signing up? Get all the details at one of our Explore the Challenge meetings. There’s no charge to attend and no obligation. ETC meetings are held in convenient locations on different dates and at different times. If none of the dates matches your schedule, contact the Challenge Hotline, 1-800-344-4867 opt. 2, x87110.

Q: What is multiple sclerosis?

A:  Multiple sclerosis interrupts the flow of information between brain and body and can stop people from moving forward in their lives.  The progress, severity, and specific symptoms of MS in any one person cannot yet be predicted, but advances in research and treatment are moving us closer to a world free of MS.  MS is typically diagnosed between ages 20 and 50, but teenagers and even young children can have the disease.  MS affects women nearly three times more often than men.  There are more than 21,000 people with MS in Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Rhode Island, and Vermont; 400,000 cases in the U.S., and 2.3 million worldwide. 

Early and ongoing treatment with an FDA-approved therapy can make a difference for people with multiple sclerosis. Learn about your options by talking to your health care professional and contacting the National MS Society at nationalMSsociety.org or 1-800-FIGHT-MS (344-4867).

Q: What is the National MS Society?

A:  The National Multiple Sclerosis Society is dedicated to creating a world free of MS.  Our mission is mobilizing people and resources to drive research for a cure and to address the challenges of everyone affected by MS.  We are a driving force of MS research and treatment to stop disease progression, restore function, and end MS forever.  We develop, deliver, and leverage resources to enhance care for people with MS and quality of life for those affected by the disease. We are leaders in the worldwide MS movement, mobilizing millions of people to do something about MS now.  We are activists; and we develop and align human, business, and financial resources to achieve breakthrough results.  Early and ongoing treatment with an FDA-approved therapy can make a difference for people with multiple sclerosis. Learn about your options by talking to your health care professional and contacting the National MS Society at nationalMSsociety.org or 1-800-FIGHT-MS (344-4867).

Q: What if I have more questions about the event?

A : Call or e-mail the MS Challenge Hotline, 1-800-344-4867 option 2.

GENERAL

  1. I forgot my Username and Password.
    Remember that your username and password are case sensitive. If you have forgotten your user name or password, you can request a reminder. If you still have problems, please contact us.
     
  2. How do I change my Username and/or Password?
    First, login to the Participant Center at the top of this page using your username and password. Once logged in you will see a link at the top right corner of the page called "Edit profile" Once in your profile, you can change your contact information, e-mail address, username, and password. All changes will be made to your account immediately. There is no need to sign in again.
     
  3. How do I unsubscribe from e-mail?
    Towards the bottom of each e-mail message there is a link stating, "Click Here to Unsubscribe from this E-mail Message." Click this link and follow the instructions given to unsubscribe.

ABOUT MY CHALLENGE PARTICIPANT CENTER

  1. What is a Personal Page?
    A personal page is an online promotional tool for your use when asking your friends and family to join your team or sponsor you by making a donation. Once you sign up for an event online, by default, you will have a personal page created for you. You have the option of personalizing this page by going to your Challenge Participant Center. You will be able to customize images, text and the style/color layout of the page.
     
  2. By default, I have a personal page.  Do I have to change it?
    Once you sign up for an event online, by default, you will have a personal page created for you. A compelling personal page attracts and engages supporters. While you can spread the word using customized e-mail solicitations, your personal campaign page can be your own creative expression of your commitment to the cause. Customize your page by selecting the layout and style that work best for you. Utilize the elements of text, photo and status indicators to their fullest advantage.
     
  3. How do I change my personal fundraising goal?
    First, you will need to login to your Challenge Participant Center. On the bottom right side of the Challenge Participant Center home page is the location to modify your personal fundraising goal. Enter your new goal and submit the changes.
     
  4. How do I change my team name, team division or team goal?
    Only the team captain has the ability to change the team name or team division. The team captain will need to login to his/her Challenge Participant Center and click the "My Team Progress" button on the top right. On the Team Progress page, team captains will have the ability to update the team name, division and goal.
     
  5. How can I see who has donated to me?
    Login to the site using your Username and Password. Go to your Challenge Participant Center and click the "My Progress" tab; this will allow you to view your donor list and any amounts having been donated.
     
  6. How can I see who is on my team?
    Login to the site using your Username and Password. Go to your Challenge Participant Center and click the "Team Progress" tab; this will allow you to view your team roster and the amounts raised by each team member.
     
  7. What is a team message?
    Simply go to your Challenge Participant Center and click the "Update Message to Team" button. This will allow you to make all necessary changes to your team message.
     
  8. What is the difference between making my personal page Private or Public?
    By default, a personal page is Public, meaning your name will appear in the participant search list, and anyone accessing the site will be able to support you. Setting your personal page to Private means your name will not appear in the participant search list, and only people you personally invite will be able to support you. There will also be no link on your name in the team list if your page is Private.
     
  9. How do I make my personal page Public?
    Login to the site using your Username and Password and go to your Participant Center. If your personal page is Private there will be a link in the box on the right that says "Make my donation form public" (and vice versa). Click on the link to change the Public/Private status of your personal page.
     
  10. How do I create a shortcut URL for my personal page?
    In your Participant Center, go to the Personal Page tab. Click on Edit to edit your page.  Where it says "Personal Page URL and Settings", enter a shortcut.  The resulting shortcut URL will be http://main.nationalmssociety.org/goto/xxx, where xxx is the shortcut you choose. Click the Save button when done.

FUNDRAISING

  1. To whom should my donors make checks payable?
    National Multiple Sclerosis Society, National MS Society, or NMSS.
     
  2. What if my donor makes a check payable to me?
    No problem. Just endorse the back “Payable to NMSS,” sign it, and send it to us.
     
  3. Can I submit cash?
    For your safety, as well as ours, we would prefer not to receive cash. Please ask your donors to write a check (serves as their receipt at tax time!) or ask them to make an online donation.
     
  4. May I mail in checks that I receive?
    Yes! Please fill out a Contribution Form (see Download Documents page) and mail it with your checks to:
     
    Challenge Walk MS
    National MS Society - Greater New England Chapter
    PO Box 845945
    Boston, MA 02284-5945