After 35 years anchoring the evening news at KOAA, Bob Quirk retired on Friday. The station gave him a multi-segment send-off, featuring some of his most notable reports from his long career, as well as a community-centered segment focusing on his charitable work on behalf of Multiple Sclerosis. KOAA reporter, Bill Folsom, gave Nikki just a few minutes warning before coming to the MSA office to interview her for this segment. As expected, Nikki was magnificent, speaking clearing and providing meaningful content for the story. You can see the entire segment here.
Back in the summer of 2021, we published an article on the King Sooper’s Community Rewards program, where you could direct a percentage of your shopping receipt to a local charity of your choice — at zero cost to you. It's a brilliant, generous program and it generated huge interest among our community. For many, however, getting an account set up was too complicated. Some people simply gave up! The MSA office heard these concerns and came to the rescue with a quick reference guide. If you been putting off setting up your own Community Rewards account with King Sooper’s, download this guide and get started today. You’ll be shocked at how quickly and effortlessly you will be able to raise real money for the MSA without it costing you a cent!
On December 16th, the MSA's Christmas Luncheon received record-breaking attendance, making it one of the most socially vibrant and enjoyable events we've hosted in a long time! Read the article and look for the full array of photos in the Photo Gallery, located in the News and Events section of the website.
You've been attending her "PT with Patty" program for years. You know she's smart, approachable, helpful and funny. But there's a whole lot more to Patty than you may realize! Check out her bio, fresh off the press and enjoy getting to know this remarkable therapist!
Janice Baker, the MSA's favorite dietitian and guest speaker on all things nutrition, has been pestered over the years to provide us with some of her most popular recipes. They are fun, inexpensive, flavorful, satisfying and easy to make. She kicks off this effort over the holidays with two of her favorite "brownie" recipes! Check out these downloadable delectables from her November 15th event, "Follow-up for the Holidays."
In July, Patty Glatfelter of PT with Patty was interviewed by Jennifer Mulson of the Colorado Springs Gazette. Patty discusses the MS-related mobility challenges she’s had over the past 37 years, and how, after only 2 months of use, the Cionic Neural Sleeve has absolutely changed her life. Patty also demonstrated the Cionic Neural Sleeve in two special sessions of her PT with Patty program - one in Colorado Springs, and one in Pueblo. Look for these PT with Patty specials on the July Event Calendar and click through to enjoy the videos.
It is with deep sorrow that we share the news of the passing of Dr. Laurence “Jack” Adams. He was a tremendous neurologist at CSNA who many of us had the good fortune to call our personal physician. He was thoughtful and considerate to all who sought his advice, and he was a staunch supporter of the Multiple Sclerosis Alliance of Southern Colorado.
There are dozens of reasons to go back and view past PT with Patty sessions, for example: You missed a class, you want to refresh your memory, or something that wasn't relevant to you before recently became so. But now what? Do you go to the calendar and scroll backwards month by month, opening up every class to see if each one is the class you wanted? That could take forever! Well, apparently many of Patty's students did just this and the complaints began rolling in.
Always attentive to the needs of her students, Patty took action. She has created a "Quick Links" sheet, allowing you to easily spot the topics that interest you and click right through to the class, gaining access to both the class video and class handouts. The last year's-worth of PT with Patty classes are listed, and the list will continue to grow with updates going forward. Click on the title above to try it now!
After a 2-year Covid hiatus, the MSA Christmas Luncheons return on December 10th, 2022! To celebrate, we’re publishing an article on Cindy McLean and Johnny Madrigal, the Eagles volunteers who make these luncheons possible. Put yourself in the spirit of the season as you learn more about these two amazing people and the team of volunteers that work hard to bring holiday joy to the MS Alliance!
Andy Clifton & Company will be headlining the 2022 Septemberfest event on Saturday, September 17th, starting at 10:00 am. In this issue, we interview Andy Clifton and find out what motivates one of the region’s most popular singer/songwriters.
Major Alex Toney of the US Army was living his best life as a father and a soldier when MS blindsided him and changed his life forever. Read about his triumph over this adversity.
The Mother of MSA client Ed Menjivar is about to get a a truly meaningful Mother's Day gift. But if you can't keep Ed's secret, do not read this blog before May 8th. :)
Businessman, neighbor and humanitarian behind Fox21's Three Degree Guarantee program, Trent Urban of WireNut Home Services helps make Colorado Springs the great place that it is. He talks with us about what motivates him and how his path came to cross with the MSA's.
Suzan Philpott sleighed into town this week to deliver her famous holiday gift bags to our members at their homes!
On Wednesday, December 8th, Nikki was invited to the Fox21 News Station to receive the 3-Degree Guarantee donation for the month of November, courtesy of The WireNut Home Services. Thank you to everyone who took the time to nominate the MSA for this program!
In the PBS series "The Long Haul," Brittany Freemon and Jason Foster paint a poignant portrait of our late member Christina Ferreira Porcadilla and her family. Read the transcript of the program here, or go to https://www.rmpbs.org/blogs/the-long-haul/home-kind-of-left-with-her-colorado-springs-family-adjusting-to-life-without-mother-lost-to-covid to watch the video presentation.
Well-known, well-trusted and invested in the community, Rob Quirk of KOAA's News5 talks with us about why the MSA is an organization close to his heart.
Heat-related MS flair-ups are common as temperatures rise. We've got ways to help you keep your cool as August bears down on us all!
King Soopers offers one of the easiest fundraising tools we've ever seen; one that everyone can use weekly and which costs shoppers nothing!
Discover the heartwarming story behind the launch of one of MSA's favorite vendors: Loyal Leaf CBD.
Gait skills handout from the March 17th session.
The MSASOCO is so proud to be recognized by US Major Alex Toney in this moving video about his life and struggles with MS. We are pleased to have been able to assist Alex and hundreds of other clients across Southern Colorado at that moment when they need us most. Alex has given us permission to share his video. Click on the blog title to view it now.
MSASOCO's loyal elves travel from Texas to Colorado Springs each year to bring joy to our members over the holidays. In 2020, they went the extra mile! Read more to find out how!
Amy Brown shares how her illness changed her life -- in a beautiful way.
Dr. Ron Pelton offers a commonsensical and balanced review of what many have come to consider "the mask controversy." After reading this article herself, Nikki Pfeiffer hunted down Dr. Pelton in order to share it with our MSA clientele. She hopes everyone gets the chance to read and enjoy it.
No one should give up their love of books over reading difficulties.
An uplifting interview with a truly uplifting person.
This beautiful video tribute to Pat's wife, Debbie Adragna, was produced by their granddaughter.
Our players and contributors came through for us again!
Take advantage of Prime Day and make us your Amazon charity! Go to https://smile.amazon.com. Type in our name in the Charity box. When we come up (as Multiple Sclerosis Society of Colorado Springs) click "select." That's all there is to it. IT COSTS YOU NOTHING and gives MSA a small donation every time you shop. Thank you so much for helping us improve services to our members!
Whether or not we participate, we have all heard of the positive effects that exercise can have on our overall wellbeing. This could not be truer for those with Multiple Sclerosis.
Whether it’s the welcoming ambiance, amazing service or delicious dishes that draw you in, the people at Biaggi’s Colorado Springs create an experience that keeps you coming back. Part of the wonderful experience for us at the Multiple Sclerosis Alliance is due to the kindness and support of Jeff Jenkins, Managing Partner.
Are you looking for a way to give back to your community? Interested in making a difference in the liv e of others? Wondering how you can improve the quality of your life? As human beings we all seek a sense of purpose in our lives and many of us find this in the workplace or with family. However, there are many still that feel there is a piece missing. How do we fulfil our need to feel as though we are making a positive impact on our world and the lives of others? The Multiple Sclerosis Alliance of Southern Colorado has the answer… We volunteer!
We compiled a list of six of the greatest books to read about giving back. These books inspire the altruistic lifestyle and show anyone can make an impact on the world.
Spotlight: The sounds of deep breathing and laughter is what you’ll hear approaching Brian’s weekly yoga and exercise class hosted at the Multiple Sclerosis Alliance office. Soft lighting matches the soft and gentle tone of Brian’s directions. His positivity and subtle directions create a fuzzy and serene atmosphere, and you find yourself relaxing without trying.