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The National Multiple Sclerosis Society, Central Virginia Chapter, is committed to expanding knowledge of MS, enhancing access to MS specialty medical care, and empowering people with MS to live as independently as possible within the limits of their disabilities, and to the maximum of their capabilities, within the least restrictive environment.



LINKS Teleconference Series
January - March 2009

2008 Annual Meeting
Annual Meeting 2008The Central Virginia Chapter of the MS Society gathered at the Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden on Monday evening, November 10, 2008.  The program was emceed by Board Chair, David Carminucci.  We were treated to a visit by Team Bruce and heard their story.  We were inspired by Wendy Booker, an MS Ambassador who has climbed the highest summits on 5 continents and is working towards scaling them on the other 2.  We were educated by Dr. Andrew Larner on his MS sponsored research project at Virginia Commonwealth University.  We also elected the Board of Trustees for 2009 and heard about Chapter highlights from 2008.  The evening ended with recognition of all the volunteers who give of their time and themselves to MS self-help groups, educational programs, fundraising events, boards and committees and at the Chapter office.  The meeting was closed by new Board Chair, Mark Hubbard.  He charged the group to be BOLD, be IMAGINATIVE and be COLLABORATIVE!  It is time for us to now MOVE others.

2008 Women Against MS (WAMS) Luncheon
View photos from the First Annual WAMS Luncheon held on March 13, 2008 at Lewis Ginter Botanical Gardens. Look for more information to come on the 2009 Women on the Move Luncheon scheduled for September 2009.



Community Resources
View a list of service providers. This list is NOT all-inclusive and is constantly being updated. The National MS Society does not endoree products, services or manufacturer. Such names appear solely because they are considered valuable information.

Information & Referral
Our I&R specialists can answer questions about MS, research, provide literature about MS and treatments, and refer callers to various community resources or healthcare professionals.  You can reach an I&R specialist at 804-353-5008 option "0" or 1-800-FIGHT MS option "0" during normal business hours Monday-Friday 9am-5pm.  You can also access Information & Referral after hours between 5pm-7pm on weekdays by calling the above mentioned numbers and choosing option "3".


Self-Help Groups
Group2SHGs bring together people who share a common life experience, for support, education, and mutual aid.  Members of self-help groups share a belief that positive personal change happens through individual efforts with the support of others. 

Financial Assistance
Multiple sclerosis not only affects an individual’s body but also can greatly impact someone’s ability to maintain employment and thus manage their expenses.  The National MS Society recognizes the challenges faced by people with MS with the high cost of health care, prescriptions, equipment, and general daily living.  Therefore, we have established a Financial Assistance Program to help support the independence of people with MS.  Support is generally offered once a year but other circumstances may be considered for additional assistance.  Anyone with MS or a caregiver living in our service area may be eligible for assistance. 

Loan Closet
Recognizing the needs of people with MS and the high cost of durable medical equipment (DME), the Central VA Chapter of NMSS manages a warehouse of gently used DME such as wheelchairs, scooters, walkers, rollators, hospital beds and more.  Equipment is available to people with MS who do not have health insurance or cannot afford the deductible for DME or for those individuals without insurance.  A prescription/note from a physical or occupational therapist is required to obtain DME.  DME is delivered directly to a client's home.  For more information, please contact Donna Clements by phone at 804-591-3039 or 1-800-FIGHTMS ext. 3039 or email at donna.clements@var.nmss.org.

Lending Library
library booksEach chapter of the NMSS maintains a library of research and information, including videos and CDs, related to multiple sclerosis.  You can access a list of materials by clicking above or by calling 1-800-FIGHT MS.  Materials can be borrowed for 3 weeks.  All materials in the Lending Library have been pre-approved by the National MS Society based on scientific evidence of effectiveness and accuracy.



To receive the Chapter's quarterly newsletter by mail please contact us at 804-353-5008.    View the Winter 2008 newsletter in PDF format

Knowledge is Power (KIP) Program
KIP logoThe KIP program is a free, at-home education series for people newly diagnosed with MS.  For more information, contact Donna Clements at (804) 353-5008, ext. 3039 or donna.clements@var.nmss.org.

Keep S'myelin
Keep SmyelinA newsletter written exclusively for children ages 4-10 years. It contains games, puzzles, and activities designed to teach children about MS.  For subscription information, please contact the Chapter office.

woman phone 3A teleconference is an opportunity to learn new information from the comfort of home by allowing participants to call into a designated number to hear an interactive presentation over the phone.  The speaker will address the group for approximately 30 minutes, after which participants can ask questions pertaining to the information shared.

For a list of upcoming teleconferences, please see above list of "Upcoming Events".  To register for any teleconference, please click "Chapter Calendar" and see appropriate date.

MS Drug Therapy

Program Calendar