What is MS? Multiple sclerosis (or MS) is a chronic, often disabling disease that attacks the central nervous system, which is made up of the brain, spinal cord, and optic nerves. Symptoms may be mild, such as numbness in the limbs, or severe, such as paralysis or loss of vision. The progress, severity, and specific symptoms of MS are unpredictable and vary from one person to another. Today, new treatments and advances in research are giving new hope to people affected by the disease. For more information visit the National MS Societywebsite.
What is the National MS Society? 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. The Society helps people affected by MS by funding cutting-edge research, driving change through advocacy, facilitating professional education, and providing programs and services that help people with MS and their families move their lives forward. For more information about the National MS Society click here.
What is the 501(c)3 number?
The National MS Society Tax Id # is 95-1727656. Official 501c3 letters and W9 forms are available by request.
About Walk MS
Why should I participate in Walk MS? Walk MS is our rallying point, a time and a place for our communities to come together to raise funds and celebrate hope for the future. Join Walk MS by participating, volunteering and/or recruiting others. Dollars raised help generate awareness and funds to support critical MS research and provide programs and services for the more than 133,000 Southern, Central Californians and Nevadans impacted by MS.
What happens after I register? We send you a BIG thank you and if you registered with your email address we will send you an email to forward to your friends as well as instructions on how you can log into your participant center, personalize your page and begin your fundraising. Everyone will receive a welcome mailer with fundraising information and pledge sheets, as well as team information for team captains and those interested in starting teams. Welcome mailers will begin to be mailed in January 2014.You can access all of the walker information here.
Do you have to raise money? Yes, Walk MS is a fundraising event. Unlike other events, Walk MS is without a minimum fundraising requirement. Walk MS is for everyone, whether you can donate and raise $5 or $50,000. We ask that you do what you can. Remember that every dollar makes a difference.
How do I raise money? Raising money is not just about how much money you can give personally, it’s about inviting your friends and family to share in your commitment to create a future free of MS. Here are some simple ways to get started:
1. When you register online you will receive a “Forward to Your Friends” email. This email has all of the appropriate links to your fundraising efforts. Just forward this to your friends and family to get started…it’s that easy.
2. Everyone who registers receives a personal webpage. Customize your personal page to share why you are walking. In your participant center you can send emails with all of your links. People can donate to you online!
3. When you register online you can also download a Facebook application that allows you to raise money for Walk MS directly from your Facebook account.
4. Asking is the most important element. Share with your friends, family, co-workers, mechanic, doctor, barista, etc. that you are participating in Walk MS and any donation they contribute will make a difference.
Where does the money I raise go? Dollars raised support research to STOP the disease in its tracks, to RESTORE the function that has been lost, and to ultimately END MS forever. Your fundraising also supports a wide range of programs and services to help people with MS and their loved ones to address the challenges that MS can present, including educational and wellness classes, financial assistance, counseling and much more.
What should I do with the checks I collect? Mail all of your donations (checks only) prior to the walk event. Please make checks payable to the National MS Society and include the name of the walker in the memo portion of the check. **Please do not mail cash.** Checks may be mailed to:
National Multiple Sclerosis Society Attn: Walk MS 2014 5150 W. Goldleaf Circle, Suite 400 Los Angeles, CA 90056
For donations made online, an electronic receipt will be emailed to the donor. For donations made by check and amounting to $150 or more a receipt will be mailed to the donor within 3-4 weeks. To request a receipt for an offline donation, check or cash, under $150 please email walkMS@cal.nmss.org or call 800.344.4867.
What should I do with the cash I collect? There are three options for cash donations:
1.You can drop off the donations at your local National MS Society office 2.You can convert the cash donations into a money order or personal check 3.You can bring the cash with you the day of the walk and turn it in at registration
About Walk Teams
What is a team? A team is any group of coworkers, fellow students, religious/civic organization members, friends, or family members who pre-register, raise money, and walk together on the day of Walk MS. They can have anywhere from 6 to 6,000 members! We provide materials, activities, prizes and staff who are available to help when you need it.
What is a team captain and what do they do? A team captain’s role is to recruit, inspire, and motivate people to join the movement as well as raise funds. There can be more than one captain on a team. The most successful teams are those that divide work and conquer. Have more fun and raise more money! Crossing the finish line with your co-workers, friends, and family is a moment to be relished.
For more information about becoming a team captain, check out our online video.
Why should I create/join a team? Walk MS is about community and teams epitomize that concept. Teams raise more than 86% of the total money raised at Walk MS. They are fun to lead and fun to join. For more information check out our Teams page.
How do I register multiple team members? To register online, each person will need to have a unique email address. If you do not have that information you can use our Team Fax Form to register multiple team members.
Day of the Walk
What do I need to bring to the walk? When you register at least two weeks before your walk, you will receive pre-event flyer in the mail. The instructions include the date, time and location of your walk site in addition to driving and parking instructions.
The morning of the walk, go straight to the Registration tables. There you will be able to check in and receive further instructions on how to drop off any donations you may have.
If you did not register two weeks prior to the event you will need to go to the registration table, supply your information, and receive instructions to turn in donations.
1. Wear comfortable shoes
2. Layer items of clothing. In California & Nevada the spring time weather can range from cold and rainy to very hot.
3. Water. Although water is supplied at the event, it is a necessity. We have many points of water distribution but it’s important that you have it available to you at any time. Favorite snack or food items. Food is supplied at the event, it’s important to note that individual’s taste range and if there are items that you prefer please bring them. Individuals with special diets are also encouraged to bring food items compatible with their diet.
4. Any last minute or cash donations. They can be turned in when you check-in.
How long is the walk? The route is 5K (3.2 miles) and we have a Family Fun Route (1 mile or less). All routes are accessible and fully supported with water, snacks and restrooms. Safety and gear vehicles patrol the route to transport walkers at any time
Where do I find the time and location for my walk? Click here to find information regarding your walk site.
Can you bring pets to the walk? In order to maintain the safety of everyone in our events, the National MS Society’s policy is that we DO NOT allow pets at our events with the exception of service animals.