Tuesday, March 03, 2009

I Like to Move it, Move it

Hey there folks. I hope everybody's staying warm out there. If not, have I got a solution for you! MOVE IT!!!

This week is the National Multiple Sclerosis Society's MS Awareness Week. According to its Web site, "MS Awareness Week March 2 – 8 is the time for the nation to go orange and Move It to end multiple sclerosis, a disease where someone is newly diagnosed each hour. Supported by a Congressional Resolution, this year MS Awareness Week and the state of MS research aptly coincide: Move It to create a world free of MS."

In recognition of MS Awareness Week, many organizations, individuals and companies have special events planned. These include:


  • Phil Keoghan, host of CBS’s The Amazing Race, will Move It on Thursday, March 5 in Times Square when he sets up a cycle-thon training ride for his upcoming bike ride across America that will raise awareness for the Society’s Bike MS ride series;

  • People across the country are volunteering to help raise funds and awareness to end MS by registering for Walk MS, Bike MS, and joining grass roots activist teams to advocate for health care reform;

  • Crowds of volunteers and staff from the Society are “taking over” high-traffic/high visibility sites such as Rockefeller Plaza across the country for “now-you-see-it, now-you-don’t” Move It stunts; a “Join the Movement bus” tour will roll across AL; movement marathons including stair climbs are occurring in Chicago and New York, cycle-thons in MI and CA, and a mud-run in Florida, all designed to bring awareness of the impact of MS;

  • Buildings including the Empire State building and city fountains are going orange; 3,000 orange pinwheels representing the people with MS in Maine will be spread out across a well-known field;
  • Teri Garr recorded Move It PSAs are now playing nationwide;

  • and orange bracelets, bumper stickers, shirts and caps will be the dress du jour throughout the week.

Do your part. I know that times are tough and it's hard to donate a lot of money right now, but ever little bit helps. Or, if you can't donate money then donate your time or just wear orange to support the cause.

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