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We have had some very successfull events thanks to all those who helped and participated. This is just a sample of the kinds of things you can look forward to with MSA.

For a list of upcoming events please see the calendar.

  • Considerations For Finding Your Fit
    Considerations For Finding Your Fit

    Aubagio (teriflunomide) sponsored dinner and conversation on finding a relapsing MS treatment that fits you and your lifestyle. Featuring guest speaker Beverly Gilder MD, this informative event included dinner at Maggiano's Little Italy in Englewood.

  • Let's Talk Relapsing MS
    Let's Talk Relapsing MS

    Biogen hosted an afternoon of great food, comradery and a conversation about new treatments available for relapsing MS, including VUMERITY. The Guest Speaker was Cortnee Roman, MSN, FNP-BC, of Rocky Mountain Multiple Sclerosis.

  • MAVENCLAD Live Event
    MAVENCLAD Live Event

    We got together for dinner and an informative discussion about MAVENCLAD, an oral treatment option for relapsing MS with a unique dosing schedule. Presented by Elaine Edmonds, MD, PhD, Due to the popularity of MAVENCLAD events, attendance is limited to a maximum of 3 events per person.

  • The Healing Power of Music
    The Healing Power of Music

    Sandy Golias of Mountain Music Therapy Services shared with us the healing power of music. It was a wildly fun event that broke out into various "jam sessions" of hilarity. Participants who play a musical instrument were invited to have it ready. Those who don't, were ready to shake a jar of popcorn seeds, to pound the back of a pan, to tap the side of a glass, or to grab whatever you like that will make a squeak, a rattle or a honk. And failing all else were prepared to sing!
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  • 2nd Annual Senior Trunk or Treat
    2nd Annual Senior Trunk or Treat

    MSA members were cordially cordially invited to don their favorite Halloween attire and enjoy an afternoon of social interaction and Halloween treats! The MSA had its own decorated vehicle there to join in the fun!

  • OCREVUS Virtual Program
    OCREVUS Virtual Program

    Tamara Miller of Advanced Neurology of Colorado hosted this informative conversation on the benefits of 2-times-a-year OCREVUS. The program discussed the benefits and possible drawbacks of this prescription infusion for adults with relapsing or primary progressive forms of MS.

  • Research into MS-Friendly Vaccines
    Research into MS-Friendly Vaccines

    MS Sufferers are more likely than the general public to fear getting a vaccine, while simultaneously fearing what will happen if they DON'T get that same vaccine. Researchers are now working on vaccine formulas that take an MS diagnosis into consideration. These new vaccines include Covid-19, influenza, pneumococcal disease and tetanus/diphtheria/pertussis (T-dap). In this Zoom session, Christen Kutz shared the latest on this fascinating topic. No video recording of this event is available.

  • Back by popular demand, Jordan Ciambrone took us on another journey to happiness through the power of meditative self-care. If you were unable to join us, or if you did and wish to review the session, go to the calendar event and click on the View Session Video link.

  • We enjoyed a Complimentary Dinner and Conversation about TYSABRI on September 30th, 5:45pm, at The Warehouse Restaurant, downtown.

  • MAVENCLAD In-Person Learning Event
    MAVENCLAD In-Person Learning Event

    Our first in-person learning event since the Covid-19 lockdowns began, this MAVENCLAD event was held at Biaggi's Ristorante Italiano, with guest speaker Christen Kutz, PA, PhD, from CSNA. We learned about this oral treatment option for relapsing MS, and about live and non-live vaccines and how they work.

  • Jordan Ciambrone took us on a journey to happiness through the power of meditative self-care. We are all believers now and look forward to having her back! Click through to see the session video.

  • Bingo is back, and we hope YOU will be too! Join us August 27th for the game where everyone can be a winner! Contact us soon so we have time to get the supplies delivered to your home.

  • Special Guest Speaker, Dr Gary Bong of Pikes Peak Urology, tackled this topic that no one wants to talk about! The final 30 minutes of the program was an open Q&A. Here was our chance to get answers to everything we never wanted to ask! This was an overwhelmingly well-received presentation! Click through to see the video of the Zoom event.

  • Biogen sponsored this webinar for anyone with questions about potential treatment options. Hosted by Christen Kutz, PhD, PA-C, and featuring Sheri P, who is living with MS, the conversation covered the importance of early treatment, weighing the potential benefits and safety risks of treatment and how to form a treatment plan that is right for you.

  • Virtual Wellness Classes
    Virtual Wellness Classes

    Palomar Health's July Diabetes Education Series with Janice Baker. Log on for 4 power-packed Tuesday mornings covering the basics of diabetes, including signs and symptoms, treatment options, nutrition, complications, and reducing your risk. These classes are offered free by Palomar Health in San Diego. Registration is required through Palomar Health. Call 1-866-280-2880, or register online by clicking the title above.

  • We hope you were able to join us on Sunday, July 25th as we raised our brushes in honor of the MSA! At Brush Crazy, Everyone was able to choose their own project, whether it was a canvas, ceramic, wood, or poured art. We had a great time and raised over $300 for MSA. It's Art with a Heart!

  • MAVENCLAD Webinar - Dr. Edmonds
    MAVENCLAD Webinar - Dr. Edmonds

    Elaine Edmonds, MD, PhD, hosted this engaging online event, sponsored by MAVENCLAD. This presentation was provided by MAVENCLAD and was run through the Events section of their website. No recording of the event is available, but MAVENCLAD will be offering similar events again in the future.

  • Understanding Your MS
    Understanding Your MS

    Join Christen Kutz for an open and wide-ranging discussion on multiple sclerosis and the treatment options now available to treat it. This event is sponsored by Biogen and offered free to participants. Register for the event through Biogen by calling (866) 955-9999.

  • Nobody understands the legal/medical intersection of disability law better than Tom Stewart. Why? Tom is both a Social Security Disability attorney and a Licensed Physician Assistant with a specialty in neurology. His firm, Stewart Disability Law, was founded to help clients with chronic disease maximize their Social Security Disability benefits. We were shocked by how much there is to know! Click through to see the video of this terrific event!

  • Part 2 of this special 2-day event took place on May 27th to a well-attended Zoom audience. In this session, Janice Baker, everyone's favorite nutricionist, continues her discussion on the unique nutritional concerns of the MS community. Click through to view the video of this event.

  • Dr. Beverly Gilder on Aubagio
    Dr. Beverly Gilder on Aubagio

    "My MS Pivot," featured renown neurologist Beverly Gilder of Blue Sky Neurology. At this well-attended event, she discussed once-a-day Aubagio and took our questions on the breakthrough treatment option.

  • Family Relationships In The Time of Covid (and how to avoid mahem!) Part 2
    Family Relationships In The Time of Covid (and how to avoid mahem!) Part 2

    We were pleased to welcome back Joel Junker for this 2-part series on family relationships. Part 1 was held on May 4th at 11:00am, and Part 2 on May 20th to Friday, May 21st at 10:00am. Participation in session 1 was not required for session 2.

  • We are pleased to welcome back Joel Junker for this 2-part series on family relationships. Part 1 was held on May 4th at 11:00am, and Part 2 will be held on May 20th at 11:00am. Participation in session 1 is not required for session 2. Join us!

  • Bingo is Back!
    Bingo is Back!

    Come back for BINGO! This event has proven to be very popular and may become a regular feature on our calendar. Come join the fun where everybody is a winner! Sign up now so we can get your game supplies delivered to you by game-day.

  • Dr. Alvarez returned for an extended Q&A session with our members. It's truly no wonder he is one of our favorite guest speakers ever. Enrique Alvarez, MD/PhD, is an adult neurologist at the University of Colorado with a subspecialization in neuroimmunology. He is the medical director for outpatient neurology. The video of the event has been uploaded and is ready to view. To see it, click here on the event title.

  • Janice Baker RD, CDE joined us to discuss simple ways to improve overall health and resiliency through foods we already love. This program was so well-received by participants that we are determined to have Janice back again!

  • Dr. Enrique Alvarez joined us on Friday, February 12th, to speak exclusively to the MSASOCO and to answer our questions and concerns. A majority of us have been concerned about the Covid-19 pandemic and its vaccines. As a result, Dr. Alvarez tailored his lecture to address these concerns in particular. It was a wonderful lecture and we hope everyone gets a chance to view the video from the event. To see the video, click on the event title.

    Enrique Alvarez, MD/PhD, is an adult neurologist at the University of Colorado with a subspecialization in neuroimmunology. He is the medical director for outpatient neurology. He sees patients with autoimmune diseases affecting the central nervous system including multiple sclerosis, neuromyelitis optica, neurosarcoid, neurolupus, CNS vasculitis, post-infectious neurological syndromes, idiopathic optic neuritis and transverse myelitis at the Rocky Mountain Multiple Sclerosis Center at the University of Colorado Denver and at Denver Health Hospital. He is particularly interested in improving outcomes in patients with MS including using biomarkers to choose the best treatment options and clinical trials. He is the principle investigator on a number of clinical trials and clinical research studies involving promising therapies in the treatment of MS. He is director of the RMMSC biorepository where we collect blood, CSF and other biosamples in search of biomarkers in neuroimmunological disorders. Dr. Alvarez graduated from medical and the neuroscience graduate school through the medical scientist training program at the University of Colorado where he also did his internship year. He then completed his neurology residency and Neuroimmunology fellowship at Washington University in St. Louis though a Sylvia Lawry fellowship from the National MS Society.

  • Everyone has questions about the CBD products now being used to treat Multiple Sclerosis. No one can answer them better than Brent and Brian Janaky, who founded Loyal Leaf to help their father, a long-time sufferer of MS. We were so pleased to have Brian Janaky join us on February 9th for a wonderful Q&A session on CBD oil, its uses and benefits, the considerations involved, and surprising differences between CBD companies and their products in this still emerging and volatile industry. If you missed the event, you will definitely want to view the video. To see it, click on this event's title.

  • Learn About MAVENCLAD
    Learn About MAVENCLAD

    Join us for one of three upcoming virtual learning events, presented by a healthcare provider. Learn about a portfolio of MS products that treat MS Patients with a range of disability, including MAVENCLAD, an oral treatment option. To register, call 1-877-969-1722, or visit MAVENCLAD.com

  • What's Next For MS?
    What's Next For MS?

    Join Christen Kutz of Neurological Associates of Colorado Springs for a virtual Zeposia Event. Hear about this one-daily pill for relapsing MS and get your questions addressed in a live Q&A session. Contact the MSA office to register, or call 1-844-409-3636. You can also register online at the link below.

  • Join Us For Bingo!
    Join Us For Bingo!

    Join us on February 5th for a lively hour of Bingo over Zoom! Let's laugh, compete and cheer each other on as we enjoy one of the greatest community game every invented! Sign up now so we can get your game supplies delivered to you by game-day.

  • Join us for this special, two-day crafting project as we assemble beautiful cornucopia works for Thanksgiving. Contact the office to reserve your spot now!

  • Part 2 of a 2-part series. Today's session: "Ooops, On The Floor, Time To Get Up." Patty demonstrates sound techniques for rising from the floor safely and easily.

  • Zeposia Online Event
    Zeposia Online Event

    Learn more about Zeposia, a treatment option for relapsing forms of MS, hosted by Valerie Hamilton. Contact MSASOCO to register or click on the link and enter Event Code 2511.

  • Effective Listening Strategies
    Effective Listening Strategies

    Attention all volunteers and family members: If you want to show you care about someone, you need to apply effective listening strategies. Mark your calendars and join us for this special Zoom-session with Pat. To receive a Zoom link, contact our office.

  • Part 1 of a 2-part series. Today's session: "Keep On Your Feet." Patty shares tips and tricks for maintaining your balance and preventing falls.

  • Learn about treating relapsing MS and primary progressive MS from Tamara Miller, MD, an MS Expert with Advanced Neurology of Colorado. Connect with others and discover why Ocrevus may be the right treatment for you. This is a virtual event, but space is limited and advanced registration is strongly recommended.

    Meeting ID: MF031309
    Date: Tuesday, October 27, 2020
    Time: 6:15 PM Mountain

  • Painting with Amy Brown
    Painting with Amy Brown

    Join Amy Brown for a special fall painting event conducted over Zoom. All the supplies participants need will be delivered to their homes! Spaces are limited, so reserve your spot soon by calling our offices at 719-633-4603.

  • Relapsing MS Webinar
    Relapsing MS Webinar

    GENZYME INVITES YOU TO A FREE LIVE WEBINARS WITH Q&A AND POLLING. Hosted by MS experts, these live webinars cover a variety of topics and give you a chance to keep learning from the safety of home. You’ll hear about relapsing MS and about an oral treatment option. One smart reason to join is a chance to get your questions answered. Plus, interactive polling lets you be part of the conversation and see what others are thinking. Click to register online.

    October 6th at 10:00am, with speaker Barry Hendin MD
    October 8th at 4:00pm, with speaker Ann Cabot, MD
    October 13th at 12 noon, with speaker Mary Ann Picone, MD
    October 14th at 4:00pm, with speaker James Winkley, MD
    October 20th at 4:00pm, with speaker Donald Negroski, MD

  • Christen F. Kutz, PHD, PA-C, provided an introduction to MS, following the interest and questions of the participants present.

  • Understanding Your MS
    Understanding Your MS

    Living with multiple sclerosis (MS) can leave you with a lot of questions. Understanding Your MS is a free educational webinar that covers a range of information from how MS affects your body to how to adapt your lifestyle to certain challenges. Presented by MS expert Dr. Christen Kutz, you’ll learn about the goals of disease-modifying therapies, the importance of monitoring disease activity, see how to partner with your healthcare team, and even hear from someone living with MS. This Zoom seminar took place on September 29, 2020. To receive information about it, or to request similar programs in the future, contact us at MSA for assistance by calling 719-633-4603 or emailing support@msasoco.org.

  • Relapsing MS Seminar
    Relapsing MS Seminar

    Genzyne Corp is hosting free live webinars in September on relapsing MS and oral treatment options. The webinars will include live question and answer sessions and polling. CLICK PHOTO TO LINK TO REGISTRATION PAGE. Webinar dates are as follows:

    9/10/2020 at 10:00am "Knowledge Is Power"
    9/17/2020 at 10:00am "You and Your MS Fingerprint"
    9/23/2020 at 3:00pm "My MS Pivot"
    9/29/2020 at 5:00pm "You and Your MS Fingerprint"

  • Our conversation with Dr. Murray offered a participants an amazing opportunity to get personal questions answered directly by one of the most knowledgeable MS specialists in America. This session received rave reviews, and we will be working to bring Dr. Murray back soon!

  • Dysphagia, a condition that makes swallowing difficult, is a problem faced by many people with MS. During this session, Kimberly Zerfas shares up-to-date information about the condition, including signs to look for, and methods for managing it.

  • Are you looking for a way to give back to your community? Interested in making a difference in the lives of others? Wondering how you can improve the quality of your life? Join us on Saturday, February 8th at 10am to learn about the exciting opportunities we have in our new 50+ Volunteer Program. Food and drinks will be provided. Call 719.633.4603 for more information!

  • Join us on Friday, December 13, 2019 for our first annual Jazz Nite featuring Swingin' Sweeney and The Moldy Figs! Enjoy a night of fantastic jazz and swing music with door prizes and a silent auction. Tickets are $12 pre-sale online or $15 at the door. Check-in will begin at 6:30 pm and the band will play from 7pm-9:30pm. You don't want to miss it!!

  • Join us as we celebrate 40 years of serving those with Multiple Sclerosis in our community. Learn about our history, services, programs and resources while enjoying our new office space. Light refreshments and hor d'oeuvres will be served.