How will you challenge MS?
In Canada, there is one organization with national reach that can support people on their MS journey and tip the scales of MS research to change lives forever: The MS Society of Canada. You can join us by performing an act of greatness and challenging MS.
I Challenge MS enables you to be creative, rally your friends and family and fundraise however you choose. Get active, celebrate, throw a party or be creative and come up with your own idea - you choose the challenge and we will support you in achieving your goals. Whatever you decide, know that it is an act of greatness that will help to change lives.
You can challenge MS by getting active! Running in a an event, taking on a cycling challenge, completing a triatholon or choosing your own fitness challenge. You can determine your own goal or event, or choose from one of our partner events across Canada.
“I decided to organize an I Challenge MS event - Project Jessie. For my event, I raised as much as I could to run in the Scotiabank Waterfront Marathon, and donated all the proceeds to the MS Society of Canada.” - Jessica, diagnosed with MS in 2015
What better way to mark a special event or birthday by forgoing gifts and raising money for the MS Society of Canada? Whether it's a birthday, wedding, baby shower or another life event you'll be fully supported in making that day matter.
“It is hard to express in words, but it was very important to me to make a donation in lieu of gifts at my wedding to recognize my mother, who has primary progressive MS, as well as my Grandpa and Uncle - both of whom had MS and passed away.” - Shannon, family affected by MS
THROW A PARTY
Dinner party? Gala? Games night? BBQ cookout? Raising money through I Challenge MS is so much fun when you bring your friends and family together! Whatever kind of get-together you are hosting we will come alongside of you to make sure it's a smash hit!
“We host an I Challenge MS event called ‘Crop to Cure MS’ each year in Dartmouth, Nova Scotia, inviting local scrapbookers to get together to raise money for MS research. Last year, the event raised over $10,000 to help end MS.” - Melanie, diagnosed in 2007
You can challenge MS in whatever way you want! Maybe you have hobbies you can transform into a fundraiser, maybe you're a gamer and want to fundraise virtually, maybe you just want to raise money by sharing your story and sharing to your network. However you challenge MS is up to you.
“I work in the hair industry, so as a personal challenge I decided I wanted to shave my head to raise money for the MS Society. It was something I had always wanted to try and for me, shaving my head wasn’t really a big deal.” - Stephanie, uncle lived with MS
Your commitment will help boldly define what’s next in MS research and services for Canadians affected by multiple sclerosis. The money you raise will support:
With the first disease-modifying therapy for primary progressive MS (PPMS) announced in 2018, we’re on the cusp of breakthrough discoveries.
MS progression is unique for each person, making it difficult to predict. It’s time to answer key questions, including why do certain individual progress and not others?
Advocacy for accessible and low-cost treatments
People living with MS should have equal and timely access to treatments that are best suited for their health, and not their financial circumstances.
The MS Knowledge Network
Canadians affected by MS can now access a hub of knowledge where MS Navigators will provide consistent, quality information and support tailored to their unique situation.
"I registered for the Scotiabank Waterfront Half Marathon as my first I Challenge MS event in 2015. Running gives me some measure of control over my diagnosis, and fundraising is an opportunity to give back to those affected by MS who have done so much to help me over the years. Four years later, I’m ecstatic to say I'm participating in the half marathon once again.” - Ian, diagnosed in 2013