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March 16, 2009
On Saturday, April 18, the MS Walk will be held at Antietam National Battlefield in Sharpsburg. Participants in the 5K walk will raise funds for research, programs and services provided by the National Multiple Sclerosis Society. For more information, go to www.walkmsmaryland.org or call 1-800-FIGHT MS More than 8,000 walkers are expected to participate in nine communities statewide.
NEWS
March 3, 2008
Join the National Multiple Sclerosis Society, Maryland Chapter, in the fight against MS by joining its annual walk. On Saturday, April 12, at 10 a.m., Antietam National Battlefield will host the annual 5K walk to raise funds for research, programs and services provided by the National Multiple Sclerosis Society. To register or find out more, go to www.marylandmswalk.org or call 443-641-1200. The walk is the Maryland chapter's largest fundraising campaign, and organizers have set their goal to raise $1.5 million.
NEWS
by JULIE E. GREENE | April 17, 2006
On Saturday, Hagerstown resident Monica Hutchins will attempt to walk the 3-mile route of the annual MS Walk at Antietam National Battlefield to "give back. " Hutchins, 33, was diagnosed with relapsing-remitting multiple sclerosis in 1998 after having difficulty with her balance and experiencing tingling in her hands and feet. "Sometimes my legs are doing things I'm not telling them to do when walking," she says. Hutchins has taken advantage of National Multiple Sclerosis Society's resources such as the respite program that enabled someone to come to her home and help with chores.
NEWS
By DON AINES | April 21, 2007
Being diagnosed four years ago with multiple sclerosis changed Jessica Potter's life in more ways than one. "I switched careers," the 28-year-old Hancock woman said Saturday morning before the annual MS Walk began at Antietam National Battlefield. Having worked in insurance before the diagnosis, Potter now is the community development coordinator for the Western Maryland chapter of the National Multiple Sclerosis Society. "I just find it a very uplifting career ... I feel like I'm helping people make a difference," Potter said.
NEWS
By MATTHEW UMSTEAD | April 18, 2009
SHARPSBURG -- Even amid troubled economic times, support of efforts to find a cure for multiple sclerosis appeared stronger than ever Saturday at Antietam National Battlefield. More than 1,000 people, including children, took part in the annual Walk MS, said Jessica Potter, the Western Maryland community development coordinator for the National Multiple Sclerosis Society. Potter said the Maryland chapter of the society reached its statewide goal of $1.3 million this year. The walks raise money for research, programs and services provided by the National Multiple Sclerosis Society.
NEWS
By DON AINES | April 22, 2007
WASHINGTON COUNTY-Being diagnosed four years ago with multiple sclerosis changed Jessica Potter's life in more ways than one. "I switched careers," the 28-year-old Hancock woman said Saturday morning before the annual MS Walk began at Antietam National Battlefield. Having worked in insurance before the diagnosis, Potter now is the community development coordinator for the Western Maryland chapter of the National Multiple Sclerosis Society. "I just find it a very uplifting career ... I feel like I'm helping people make a difference," Potter said.
NEWS
by JULIE E. GREENE | April 11, 2005
julieg@herald-mail.com Bill Scrivener has been trying various treatments for his multiple sclerosis for years, the latest of which is not a pill, shot or intravenous medication. It's bits of physical therapy - bits being the benefit. Physical therapy has been used for multiple sclerosis patients for a long time, but the new theory is to have patients exercise frequently for brief periods, as brief as a minute instead of for 30 to 40 minutes, three times a week, said Stephen D. Ryan, owner of Ryan Physical Therapy Associates on Mount Aetna Road.
NEWS
March 31, 2003
The four definitions of multiple sclerosis are: Relapsing-remitting: Clearly defined, acute attacks with full or partial recovery and no disease progression between attacks. It is the most common form of MS at the time of diagnosis, affecting roughly 80 percent at onset. Primary-progressive: Nearly continuous worsening of the disease from its onset with no distinct relapses or remissions. Rates of progression vary over time, and there are occasional plateaus and temporary minor improvements.
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By ALICIA NOTARIANNI | alnotarianni@aol.com | April 16, 2011
It's been 16 years since Katie Lesznar was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis. Nine years ago, she started using a wheelchair to get around. Today, Lesznar's condition has deteriorated to such an extent that she describes herself as "almost pretty much helpless. " Lesznar, 52, of Hagerstown, took time to reflect on her journey Saturday morning at the Maryland Chapter of the National Multiple Sclerosis Society's Walk MS at Antietam National Battlefield in Sharpsburg. Around 20 friends and family members joined "Team Katie" team to help raise awareness about multiple sclerosis and funds to research the disease.
NEWS
By JULIE E. GREENE | April 8, 2000
ANTIETAM NATIONAL BATTLEFIELD - Organizers of the area's eighth annual Multiple Sclerosis Walk said the event exceeded its goals for fund-raising and participants Saturday despite forecasts of rain that probably kept some walkers home. Some 381 walkers turned out to help raise $45,000, surpassing the goals of 200 walkers and $27,000, said MS Walk organizer Cheryl Scrivener. Scrivener said 509 people had preregistered for the 6-mile walk, held for the first time at Antietam National Battlefield.
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August 12, 2011
The MSBuster Fundraising Team is hosting a barbecue chicken dinner from noon to 4 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 21, at Potomac Fish & Game Club, 14241 Falling Waters Road, Williamsport. The meal is $10 per person and must be purchased by Thursday, Aug. 18. The meal includes a half chicken, coleslaw, baked beans, roll and iced tea. A cash bar is available (no coolers allowed). There will be tip jars, 50/50 drawings and more. Proceeds benefit the National Multiple Sclerosis Society - Maryland Chapter.
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By ALICIA NOTARIANNI | alnotarianni@aol.com | April 16, 2011
It's been 16 years since Katie Lesznar was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis. Nine years ago, she started using a wheelchair to get around. Today, Lesznar's condition has deteriorated to such an extent that she describes herself as "almost pretty much helpless. " Lesznar, 52, of Hagerstown, took time to reflect on her journey Saturday morning at the Maryland Chapter of the National Multiple Sclerosis Society's Walk MS at Antietam National Battlefield in Sharpsburg. Around 20 friends and family members joined "Team Katie" team to help raise awareness about multiple sclerosis and funds to research the disease.
NEWS
By MATTHEW UMSTEAD | April 18, 2009
SHARPSBURG -- Even amid troubled economic times, support of efforts to find a cure for multiple sclerosis appeared stronger than ever Saturday at Antietam National Battlefield. More than 1,000 people, including children, took part in the annual Walk MS, said Jessica Potter, the Western Maryland community development coordinator for the National Multiple Sclerosis Society. Potter said the Maryland chapter of the society reached its statewide goal of $1.3 million this year. The walks raise money for research, programs and services provided by the National Multiple Sclerosis Society.
NEWS
March 16, 2009
On Saturday, April 18, the MS Walk will be held at Antietam National Battlefield in Sharpsburg. Participants in the 5K walk will raise funds for research, programs and services provided by the National Multiple Sclerosis Society. For more information, go to www.walkmsmaryland.org or call 1-800-FIGHT MS More than 8,000 walkers are expected to participate in nine communities statewide.
NEWS
By MARIE GILBERT | April 14, 2008
View the slideshow HAGERSTOWN - It's a cruel twist of fate that a woman who once led an active lifestyle now has trouble walking across a room without the help of a cane. Each move is slow and calculated - and sometimes painful. Plotting her path almost becomes a game. She worries about walking on grass where tree roots are an obstacle. She avoids street curbs that are hard to manage. And she tires easily. Debbie Vessa has multiple sclerosis. But don't feel sorry for her. She doesn't allow it. "I'm a fighter.
NEWS
March 3, 2008
Join the National Multiple Sclerosis Society, Maryland Chapter, in the fight against MS by joining its annual walk. On Saturday, April 12, at 10 a.m., Antietam National Battlefield will host the annual 5K walk to raise funds for research, programs and services provided by the National Multiple Sclerosis Society. To register or find out more, go to www.marylandmswalk.org or call 443-641-1200. The walk is the Maryland chapter's largest fundraising campaign, and organizers have set their goal to raise $1.5 million.
NEWS
By DON AINES | April 22, 2007
WASHINGTON COUNTY-Being diagnosed four years ago with multiple sclerosis changed Jessica Potter's life in more ways than one. "I switched careers," the 28-year-old Hancock woman said Saturday morning before the annual MS Walk began at Antietam National Battlefield. Having worked in insurance before the diagnosis, Potter now is the community development coordinator for the Western Maryland chapter of the National Multiple Sclerosis Society. "I just find it a very uplifting career ... I feel like I'm helping people make a difference," Potter said.
NEWS
By DON AINES | April 21, 2007
Being diagnosed four years ago with multiple sclerosis changed Jessica Potter's life in more ways than one. "I switched careers," the 28-year-old Hancock woman said Saturday morning before the annual MS Walk began at Antietam National Battlefield. Having worked in insurance before the diagnosis, Potter now is the community development coordinator for the Western Maryland chapter of the National Multiple Sclerosis Society. "I just find it a very uplifting career ... I feel like I'm helping people make a difference," Potter said.
NEWS
by JULIE E. GREENE | April 17, 2006
On Saturday, Hagerstown resident Monica Hutchins will attempt to walk the 3-mile route of the annual MS Walk at Antietam National Battlefield to "give back. " Hutchins, 33, was diagnosed with relapsing-remitting multiple sclerosis in 1998 after having difficulty with her balance and experiencing tingling in her hands and feet. "Sometimes my legs are doing things I'm not telling them to do when walking," she says. Hutchins has taken advantage of National Multiple Sclerosis Society's resources such as the respite program that enabled someone to come to her home and help with chores.
NEWS
by MARIE GILBERT | April 17, 2005
SHARPSBURG - Standing before the vast expanse of Antietam National Battlefield, Susan Weaver stretched her legs and adjusted her shoelaces. "Blue skies, warm weather and a good cause - that's what it's all about," the 22-year old Hagerstown resident said. Weaver was among the hundreds of walkers and volunteers who came together Saturday for the Washington County Multiple Sclerosis Walk. The purpose of the five-mile walk is to raise money to fight MS, raise public awareness about the effects of the disease and offer hope and encouragement to MS patients, said Amanda Culler, development manager of the Maryland Chapter of the National Multiple Sclerosis Society.
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