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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.


Roanoke Valley MS Support Group (a “Group for Support”)
Thursday September 23
Time: 6:30pm

YOU are invited – people whose lives are affected by Multiple Sclerosis …
including caregivers & family…. people who “get it”!

Keynote speaker: Ronna Narotsky, AHIP certified Agent, Active Medicare Solutions, will be on hand to answer our questions. She represents several carriers (Anthem, United, Humana, Aetna).
AEP=Annual Open Enrollment, starts Oct 15 to Dec 7
MAOEP=Medicare Advantage Open Enrollment Period, starts Jan 1 to March 31 (another time someone who already has a Medicare Advantage Plan can switch to another if not satisfied with what they have).
Hear ideas of services she offers:
*Help people figure out what’s best for you, if it’s not broke, we don’t try to fix it.
*No one is charged anything for reviews, if something works, the carrier pays us.

Join Zoom Meeting:

Meeting ID: 712 767 9497

Or call in:1-312-626-6799 or 1-712-767-9497




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 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.

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


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Roanoke Valley MS Support Group Meeting

Roanoke Valley MS Support Group Meeting
Date: Thursday, September 23, 2021
Time: 6:30 pm

MS Alliance Meeting for Support

MS Alliance Meeting  for Support
Tuesday, October 12, 2021
Time: Noon

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Time: 7:00 – 9:00pm

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Time: 5:45 p.m.

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Time: 6:30 p.m.