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Frequently Asked Questions
Q: What is the MS Challenge Walk?
A : This is the greatest walk you will ever take: 3 days, 50 miles, closer to a cure! The MS Challenge Walk pushes you to exceed what you think are your limits, physically and philanthropically. The MS Challenge Walk is a 50-mile, 3-day walk benefiting MS education, support, advocacy, and research through the National Multiple Sclerosis Society. It’s not about being athletic, it’s about showing compassion. Join our commitment to raise funds for and awareness of a disease that affects thousands of families in our area. Join our commitment to end this devastating disease. Join our commitment on this life-changing journey...the MS Challenge Walk. Accept the challenge to walk 3-days and 50-miles or 2-days and 50-kilometers.
Q: When and where is the MS Challenge Walk?
A : Three days, the weekend of September 9-11, 2011, on Cape Cod. Walkers start from the village green in Hyannis, and work their way 20 miles towards Brewster, via Yarmouth, seeing beautiful ocean, Cape commerce, and kettle ponds. Day 2 takes walkers 20 miles through Orleans and Eastham, then circles back to Brewster. On day 3, walkers head 10 miles to Dennis for a 'pre-finish' with massage and barbecue, and a chance to say good-bye to new friends made along the way. From Dennis, walkers are bussed to the Transportation Center in Hyannis, and everyone walks the final half-mile together back to the village green, with Challenge walkers who have MS in the lead. The terrain is varied, but the National MS Society supports walkers every step of the way! People of all mobility levels are provided accessible options where the route presents difficulty, for example sand.
Q: Who is organizing the MS Challenge Walk?
A: The Greater New England Chapter of the National MS Society, with the help of many volunteers, is organizing the MS Challenge Walk. We have a longstanding history of producing stellar bike tours and the fantastic MS Walk. We work hard to make sure your experience in the MS Challenge Walk is safe, fun, exciting, and rewarding!
Q: How can I participate?
A: You can bring the world closer to a cure for MS by walking, crewing, or volunteering! The initial registration fee is only $75 (for walkers and crew). This commits walkers to the Challenge of walking 50 miles and raising $1,500 or more.
Q. Am I required to walk all 3 days in order to participate?
A. If you have a scheduling conflict on the Friday of the MS Challenge Walk, we still encourage you to walk on Saturday and Sunday. The fundraising minimum of $1,500 will stay the same, but you do have the option of arriving on Saturday morning (or Friday night) and walking the rest of the journey with us. If you are interested in this option, please contact Alexis Stone at 201.967.5599 ext. 43213.
Q: What kind of support does the Society offer to walkers?
A: The Challenge Guide helps you create a successful training regimen. Optional training walks help you get in shape while getting to know your fellow walkers. At the event, expect a fully stocked rest stop every three to four miles, offering fruit, snacks, water, and fluid-replacement drinks. We also provide smaller refreshment stops every few miles. If necessary, support vehicles patrolling the route will give you a lift to the next rest stop or back to base camp.
Q: Where do I sleep?
A: Participants and crew stay in cabins at the Cape Cod Sea Camps in Brewster. Cabins accommodate 6-10 people. You may, of course, choose to secure your own accommodations from among the many fine motels and hotels on the Cape. Please note that shuttle service from the Sea Camps to area lodging is limited.
Q: What is an ETC meeting?
A:Want to know more about the MS Challenge Walk before signing up? Get all the details at one of our Explore the Challenge meetings. There’s no charge to attend and no obligation. If you decide to register, we’ll give you your first event T-shirt on the spot! ETC meetings are held in convenient locations on different dates and at different times. If none of the dates matches your schedule, contact Alexis Stone at 201.967.5599 ext. 43213.
Q: What is multiple sclerosis?
A: Every hour, another adult in the United States receives that frightening diagnosis: multiple sclerosis. MS is a chronic, often disabling disease of the central nervous system. Symptoms may be mild, such as numbness in the limbs, or severe enough to cause blindness or paralysis. The progress, severity, and specific symptoms of MS in any one person cannot yet be predicted, but advances in research and treatment are giving hope to those affected by the disease.
Q: What is the National MS Society?
A: The National Multiple Sclerosis Society helps more people who have MS, and funds more MS research than any private, voluntary MS organization in the world. As part of our relentless, international research effort, scientists across the country receive over $30 million each year in new research grants. At the Society’s New Jersey Metro Chapter, the emphasis is on community-based education, support, and advocacy, providing critical assistance to thousands of local families living with the affects of MS, including modest financial assistance for home modifications and other needs related to MS.
Q: What if I have more questions about the event?
A : Call Alexis Stone at 201.967.5599 ext. 43213
How can I see who is on my team?
Login to the site using your Username and Password. Go to your Challenge Participant Center and click the "Team Progress" tab; this will allow you to view your team roster and the amounts raised by each team member.
What is the difference between making my personal page Private or Public?
By default, a personal page is Public, meaning your name will appear in the participant search list, and anyone accessing the site will be able to support you. Setting your personal page to Private means your name will not appear in the participant search list, and only people you personally invite will be able to support you. There will also be no link on your name in the team list if your page is Private.
How do I make my personal page Public?
Login to the site using your Username and Password and go to your Participant Center. If your personal page is Private there will be a link in the box on the right that says "Make my donation form public" (and vice versa). Click on the link to change the Public/Private status of your personal page.