MS Alliance of Virginia

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The Mission of the Multiple Sclerosis Alliance of Virginia

  • Provide programs, events, activities and services for people living with MS in Southwest Virginia and the surrounding areas, including Veterans.
  • Educate and empower people with MS, their care partners, friends and family.  We will guide people to organizations that can assist people with their needs.
  • Contribute to awareness in the community, including educational programs to young people, first responders and community organizations.
  • Encourage and expand support groups to include assisted living facilities, homebound people and help others start upbeat groups in their area.

Announcements

MS Alliance of Virginia Support Group Meeting: Thursday January 27th at 6:30 pm. 

Let us talk about unconventional and alternative treatments that make living with MS a little easier. Come share what keeps your life from being taken over with pharmaceuticals.
Hope to see everyone there!

Time: Thursday January 27th at 6:30 pm. on Zoom.  

Join Zoom Meeting: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/7127679497 

Meeting ID: 712 767 9497
Or call in using: 1-312-626-6799 or 1-929-205-6099

 

An Easy Way to Donate at No Cost to You 

By shopping with Amazon Smiles, throughout the year, you can help the MSAV at no extra cost to you!  

It is easy! Simply shop Amazon Smiles, and select MSAV as your charity of choice. Amazon will donate 0.5% of your eligible purchases back to The MS Alliance. Once you sign up, renewals are required twice a year to keep generating donations. So do not forget to check periodically to ensure you are still supporting us.

Kroger Community Rewards 

Did you know you can support nonprofit organizations in your community just by shopping at Kroger? It is easy when you enroll in Kroger Community Rewards® You can sign up with your Plus Card using the Kroger link above and select a local organization you wish to support. Once your enrolled, you will earn rewards for your chosen organization every time you shop and use your Plus Card! 

“Kroger Community Rewards Have to Be Renewed Every Year”, check yours today. 

To Enroll or Renew Click this Link: Kroger Sign-in 

If you have already set yours up, GREAT!  If not, please consider doing so.  You need to renew your charity of choice yearly so remember to take a minute and double check that you are still linked to the MSAV.   Thank you for your continuing support.

Radford University is conducting a study about activity levels and exercise performance through interviews with individuals diagnosed with MS in the Roanoke and surrounding areas.
If interested, please complete the short survey (linked below) regarding your current activity level. Completing the survey does
not require you to participate in the interview. Click this link: Radford PT Survey

News 

When MS Attacks the Spinal Cord

Nearly everyone with multiple sclerosis (MS) has signs of lesions in the brain, as shown by magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) scans, according to Anthony Reder, MD, a multiple sclerosis specialist and professor of neurology at the University of Chicago. But the brain...

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Types of Multiple Sclerosis

What’s your type? Multiple sclerosis (MS) is thought to be an autoimmune, inflammatory disease affecting the central nervous system and peripheral nerves. The cause remains unknown, but some studies Trusted Source indicate a link between the Epstein Barr Virus,...

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Driving and MS: Everything You Need To Know

Many people worry about their ability to continue driving after receiving a multiple sclerosis (MS) diagnosis. Although numerous MS symptoms can affect a person’s driving ability, many people living with the condition continue to be safe drivers for years. It’s...

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Cog Fog: How to Deal with This Frequent MS Symptom

If you’re living with multiple sclerosis (MS), you’ve probably lost several minutes — if not hours — searching your house for misplaced items… only to find your keys or wallet somewhere random, like the kitchen pantry or medicine cabinet. You’re not alone. Cog fog, or...

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Special Interest

Radford University is conducting a study about activity levels and exercise performance through interviews with individuals diagnosed with MS in the Roanoke and surrounding areas.
If interested, please complete the short survey (linked below) regarding your current activity level. Completing the survey does
not require you to participate in the interview. Click this link: Radford PT Survey

MS ALLIANCE OF VIRGINIA EXCITED TO ANNOUNCE
PARTNERSHIP WITH
VIRGINIA TECH LINEBACKER KESHON ARTIS

Keshon Artis is a two-time first team all-state linebacker and 2016 6A South Region Player of the Year. He finished his senior season with 103 tackles, 15.0 sacks, 39 tackles for loss, six forced fumbles and two pass break ups. He was Coached by Scott Johnson at Oscar Smith High School, where he was the 2017 Southeastern District Defensive Player of the Year.  Keshon represented the United States on the U19 National Team in the 2018 International Bowl IX.

With the Hokies, in 2020, Keshon played in seven games, posting two tackles on special teams.  He wore Coach Beamers No.25 jersey at the Louisville game.

Keshon Leander Artis, from Chesapeake, VA, is the son of Leander Artis III and Keisha Artis.  His mother, Keisha, and two of Keshon’s aunts live with Multiple Sclerosis. As Ambassador of the Multiple Sclerosis Alliance of Virginia (MSAV) he plans to increase MS awareness and help raise necessary funds for programs and services in underserved Southwest Virginia and surrounding areas.  The MSAV is a 100% volunteer, 501c3 non-profit located in the Roanoke Area MS Center (RAMS) Salem.

Keshon’s marketing representative, Terence Tarrer, reached out to the MSAV to facilitate this new partnership. Visit our website at www.msallianceofva.org to follow Keshon’s journey and learn how you can participate, support and/or donate to local programs and services for people living with multiple sclerosis.

Events

Kroger Community Rewards

“Kroger Community Rewards Have to Be Renewed Every Year”, check yours today. 

Amazon smile – “Get on Board Today”

An Easy Way to Donate at No Cost to You 

MS Alliance of Virginia Support Group Meeting

Meeting: Thursday January 27th
Time: 6:30 pm.