“We are the ‘what’s next’….when your doctor says you have MS”
In Alaska, a state with a high prevalence of individuals with Multiple Sclerosis (MS), there was not one entity that met the needs of the MS patient – from information regarding medication choices and medical referrals or lifestyle changes, to a place that offered classes about exercise, diet and counseling therapies, any recreational opportunities, or just a place to gather to share thoughts and lend a sensitive ear.
We are Alaskans with MS who reach out to the Alaskan MS community by providing educational resources & classes, online and personal support, and a variety of regular exercise programs, outdoor recreation opportunities and other classes all aimed at improving one’s quality of life while living with a neurological disease.
By providing services, as a 501c(3) non-profit, above and beyond the direct medical needs of an individual, we aim to compliment the efforts of the Alaska Medical Community to provide the best resources available for each individual. We also support and work in conjunction with the Greater Northwest Chapter of the National Multiple Sclerosis Society on advocacy issues.
Because of the generosity of the Providence Alaska Medical Center, Multiple Sclerosis Foundation (MSF) and with the help of ACCESS ALASKA, the Anchorage YMCA, Challenge Alaska and private donations, we are able to provide an ever growing calendar of events. Among these are therapeutic horseback riding, yoga and art programs, no cost chair exercise, aquatic therapy, craft sessions, community pool activities, informational events, care referrals, medication information, and access to Healthy Living Programs.
In the Mat-Su Valley, the Mat-Su Foundation has helped fund adaptive yoga and complimentary memberships to the community pools, ice skating rink and other recreational venues.