MSAA Organizes Make a Splash Fundraising Event for Memorial Day

MSAA Organizes Make a Splash Fundraising Event for Memorial Day
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The Multiple Sclerosis Association of America (MSAA) is organizing a national fundraising campaign just in time for summer. The Swim for MS event will help the association fund activities and support the multiple sclerosis (MS) community with crucial services to help improve the lives of the 400,000 people in the United States who suffer from MS.

Through the ongoing Swim for MS initiative, the MSAA is inviting everyone to enter a swimming competition or challenge, such as swimming laps for a certain time or distance, and ask their family and friends to support the effort by donating to help MSAA. While Swim for MS can take place at any time and in any place depending on the schedule of the volunteers, the association has announced a new opportunity to encourage participation in the campaign during the hot summer months.

For the upcoming Memorial Day holiday, the association is launching the Make a Splash for MS Team. To kick off the summer season and help everyone take part in Swim for MS, the MSAA is inviting people to join the team by registering at Making a Splash for MS – Memorial Day Team. After registering, volunteers can begin to find pledges for donations in their local community  and share the results of their initiative on social media with the hashtag #SwimForMS and #MemorialDaySplash.

The MSAA notes that there is no need for volunteers to own a pool, since the fundraising can be held at a local pool, in the ocean or even by jumping through sprinklers. The minimum donation is $25 and each participant will receive a t-shirt, towel and 20 Swim for MS wristbands. The national nonprofit organization MSAA works every day to improve the lives of patients with MS as well as their loved ones through its services and support.

At the end of last year, the MSAA also launched a patient support website called My MS Journey. It is a comprehensive online resource designed to answer the specific and varied needs of MS patients, whether they have just received their diagnosis, or if they have already spent a considerable amount of time coping with the disease.

Patrícia holds her PhD in Medical Microbiology and Infectious Diseases from the Leiden University Medical Center in Leiden, The Netherlands. She has studied Applied Biology at Universidade do Minho and was a postdoctoral research fellow at Instituto de Medicina Molecular in Lisbon, Portugal. Her work has been focused on molecular genetic traits of infectious agents such as viruses and parasites.
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Patrícia holds her PhD in Medical Microbiology and Infectious Diseases from the Leiden University Medical Center in Leiden, The Netherlands. She has studied Applied Biology at Universidade do Minho and was a postdoctoral research fellow at Instituto de Medicina Molecular in Lisbon, Portugal. Her work has been focused on molecular genetic traits of infectious agents such as viruses and parasites.
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