The Walk MS: Walnut Creek Registration opens at 8am | Walk starts at 9am
Walk MS routes are fully accessible and feature one- and three-mile options. Please check the Routes page for details about this Walk MS event.
While there is no registration fee for Walk MS, the Society encourages participants to make a fundraising commitment. It costs approximately $25 per person to host a Walk MS event. Money raised at Walk MS helps fund ground-breaking research and supports programs and services for those impacted by MS.
Yes, dogs are allowed at Walk MS.
All Walk MS routes are accessible for scooters and wheelchairs, by walker, or with a cane. There will also be accessible restrooms at each site.
Scooters and power chairs are permitted at Walk MS; however, charging stations may not be available. Please be sure that your scooter or chair is fully charged to complete the route and maneuver the event venue.
Yes, all participants must be registered.
The Walk MS website "remembers" you on your computer. If you want to register someone else, you'll have to log out first, then start the process again.
Walk MS is held rain or shine. In the event of lightning or other dangerous conditions, we will delay the event until conditions improve. Please watch for weather-related updates via email and the Walk MS event website.
You can now join a team through your Participant Center!
If you have joined a team but would like to change to an individual: Follow the steps above, clicking the "Participate as an individual" option on the "Change Team Membership" page. Click "Continue" and then "Confirm Individual Participation" to complete your request.
Simply indicate that you are diagnosed with MS when you register for Walk MS. You will receive a complimentary Living with MS T-shirt at the event.
The Living with MS program is for those who have been diagnosed with multiple sclerosis and attend Walk MS. Living with MS T-shirts will be distributed to those individuals first, and on a case-by-case basis may be available for individuals diagnosed with MS who were unable to attend the event. Remember, you can receive the Official 2018 Walk MS T-shirt by meeting a fundraising minimum. Walk MS event t-shirts will be given to all participants that raise $100.
The money you raise for Walk MS funds services and research aimed at helping people affected by MS live their best lives as we work to end MS forever. Learn More ›
Walk MS participants raise an average of $250 each. The more you raise, the bigger your impact. Check out the Awards and Prizes area to see Walk MS fundraising prizes.
The last day to mail in donations and have them count towards your 2018 fundraising is June 8, 2018. Please note that online gifts are reflected in your fundraising total immediately.
Everyone who makes an online donation will receive an e-mail confirmation receipt for tax purposes. Donors that give $250 or more (including via check) will receive a thank you letter and receipt by mail. If you have a cash donor requesting a receipt, you can download our Walk MS Donor Receipts.
For donations less than $250, the IRS will accept the following as proof of a charitable donation: a canceled check, bank or credit union statement, or a credit card statement.
If you receive a check payable to your team, simply write "National MS Society" above the team name entry. If the check is made out to you, please endorse the check payable to the National MS Society. Please be sure to write the participant's name, event, and event year on the memo line of each check (e.g., "John Smith, Walk MS: Walnut Creek 2018").
Mail your donations (made out to the National MS Society) with a completed Donation Tracking form to:
ATTN: Walk MS Staff
1700 Owens Street
San Francisco, CA 94158
Please be sure to write the participant's name, event, and event year on the memo line of each check (e.g., "John Smith, Walk MS: Walnut Creek 2018").
Prize redemption instructions will be provided via mail or email following the prize deadline. Please watch for details.
Yes, you can donate your prize back to the National MS Society by becoming a member of the Mission First Club.
During peak event times it may take several additional weeks to process donations and display fundraising totals on your Participant Center. If it’s been less than four weeks since submitting your donations, please log back into your Participant Center at a later date to check your fundraising total. If more than four weeks have passed since you submitted your donations, or you have additional questions about your fundraising total, please contact the Fundraising Support Center: Toll-free at 855-372-1331 or email FundraisingSupport@nmss.org.
If you would like to see your donations immediately, encourage your supporters to donate online.
It may take several additional weeks to process donations during peak event times. If it's been less than four weeks since submitting your donations, please log back into your Participant Center at a later date to check your fundraising total. If more than four weeks have passed since you submitted your donations, or you have additional questions about your fundraising total, please contact the Fundraising Support Center: Toll-free at 855-372-1331 or email FundraisingSupport@nmss.org.
Remember that your username and password are case sensitive. If you have forgotten your username, you can retrieve it using your email address. If you need to request a new password, please click here. For further assistance, please contact us at the Fundraising Support Center: Toll-free at 855-372-1331 or by email at FundraisingSupport@nmss.org.
First, sign in to the site using your username and password by clicking the "Sign In" link at the top-right of the page. Once signed in, this link will change to say " Welcome, [Your Name]". Click on the " " icon to the right of this line, and a menu will appear. Click the "Manage Profile" link in this menu, and from here you may change your username, password, and other details of your profile such as mailing address and mailing preferences.
First, sign in to the site using your username and password by clicking the "" button at the top-right of the page. Once signed in, click the " " button once more and select "Manage Profile" from the menu that appears. From here you may change your username, password, and other details of your profile such as mailing address and mailing preferences.
To view your saved information, be sure to register using the same username/email and password from the previous year. If you are not able to view your prior year's information, please contact us at the Fundraising Support Center: Toll-free at 855-372-1331 or by email at FundraisingSupport@nmss.org.
From any page of the Walk MS website, click the "Sign In" link at the top-right of your screen. Enter your username and password; then, once logged in, a link to "My Participant Center" will be at the top-right of the page.
If you are registered for a different event, or are registered for more than one event, you can access your other Participant Center(s) by accessing the login menu, clicking the "" icon at the top-right, and selecting "My Events" from the drop-down menu that appears.
From any page of the Walk MS website, click the tab at the top-right of the page labeled "My Participant Center".
If you are registered for a different event, or are registered for more than one event, you can access your other Participant Center(s) by clicking the "" button at the top-right of the page and selecting "My Events" from the menu that appears.
A personal page is a unique personal webpage provided to you for you to use when asking your friends and family to join your team or to make a donation. You have a default page created for you, but you can personalize this page with your own story by signing in to your Participant Center.
You can manage your email preferences within your profile.
You can manage your email preferences within your profile.
PLEASE NOTE: When disabling all email/USPS mail contact, or opting-out of categories of content pertaining to an event for which you are registered (e.g., opting-out of Walk MS emails when you are registered for Walk MS: Walnut Creek), you will not receive ANY general news, alerts, or other communications regarding this event except for those explicitly directed to you (e.g., donation notifications). If you need assistance setting up your email/USPS mail preferences, please contact us at the Fundraising Support Center: Toll-free at 855-372-1331 or by email at FundraisingSupport@nmss.org.
Sign in to your Participant Center to be taken to the "Home" page of your Participant Center. At the top of the page will be the Participant Center navigation tabs ("Home" will be highlighted) – click on "Progress" in the top navigation menu to be taken to your Personal Progress Report, at the very bottom of which will be your donation receipt history.
Sign in to your Participant Center to be taken to the "Home" page of your Participant Center. Under your fundraising progress bar will be your fundraising total and fundraising goal – click the "change" link under your fundraising goal.
Remember, our Fundraising Tools can make fundraising easy and fun!
Your team captain can change the team name and goal by signing in to their Participant Center.
To change the team's name, click the "Team Page" tab on the Participant Center's navigation menu at the top of the page. On the Team Page will be a sidebar on the right with team name, team company, and team division details, with an "Edit" link; click the "Edit" link to change any of these details, then click "Update" when finished to save the changes.
To change the team's fundraising goal, click the "Progress" tab on the Participant Center's navigation menu at the top of the page. On the Progress page at the top-right will be two buttons; click the "Team" button to be presented with the team's progress statistics. Below the Team Progress bar will be the team's total fundraising and fundraising goal. Click the "change" link under the fundraising goal to modify the team's goal.
A matching gift is a gift from a donor's employer that matches the donor's original gift. Many employers match dollar-for-dollar.
Search for your employer, ask your human resources staff, or visit your company's intranet.
The first step is to talk to your employer about their matching gift process. Generally, your human resources department is a great place to start.
Refer to the instructions on the matching gift form. If you need to mail or fax the form to us, please use the following information (please include the participant's name and event):
ATTN: Walk MS Staff
1700 Owens Street
San Francisco, CA 94158
Tax ID #: 13-5661935
No, they are two separate gifts. Please enter only the employee's gift and mail/email the matching gift form, and we will enter the match.
Check the "Progress" section of your Participant Center. It usually takes months before we receive matching gifts; however, even though they are not yet paid, you will receive credit for matching gifts for prize purposes.
You can now connect your Society fundraising to a Facebook Fundraiser for select events. This exciting new feature allows you to share your story and collect donations directly through Facebook, and all the donations will show up in your personal fundraising total in your Participant Center. The amount you have raised will be reflected in both your National MS Society Participant Center and the Facebook Fundraiser. Donations made via your Facebook Fundraiser appear in your Participant Center in real-time.
Your Participant Center is the most accurate source.
There are two ways to set up your Facebook fundraiser:
As you’re completing your event registration, click the “Connect Fundraiser to Facebook” button.
If you’ve already registered for the event, log in to your Participant Center and, on the home page, select the “Connect Fundraiser to Facebook” option.
No, fundraisers created directly on Facebook will not link to your Society account. The National Multiple Sclerosis Society is not currently listed on Facebook as a beneficiary option for fundraisers created directly on Facebook because they do not sync with your Society fundraising account. In order to have your Facebook fundraising credited to your Society fundraising account, you will need to visit your Participant Center to create a connected fundraiser on Facebook.
No. These features of Facebook do not sync with your Society fundraising account.
Yes, you can do that. However, creating a Facebook Fundraiser may help you meet your goal faster. You can easily invite all your Facebook friends after you create the fundraiser, and they will see newsfeed posts when their friends donate. You can also easily communicate with your donors on your fundraiser page, by posting updates and thanking them for their donations.
Currently all Walk MS events and select Bike MS events can be supported with a Facebook Fundraiser. If the option is available for your event, you will see the “Connect with Facebook” message on the registration confirmation page, and in your Participant Center.
No. The Facebook Fundraiser will only accept U.S. donations. If you have someone that is trying to make an international donation, please refer them to your Participant Center link.
Facebook fundraisers will automatically end when your event has completed fundraising for this year. We hope you’ll participate again next year!
When you register for next year’s event, you will need to create a new Facebook Fundraiser through your Participant Center.
Only donations will sync between the two sites. If you chose to customize your photo, story, fundraising goal, etc., these edits must be made separately for your Facebook Fundraiser and your personal fundraising page with the National MS Society.
Yes, 100% of all donations raised via Facebook Fundraisers will go towards your event fundraising goal, supporting the National MS Society.
Facebook will send a receipt to the email address associated with your Facebook account, which will include the National MS Society EIN/tax ID number. While donating on Facebook, if you select "Get emails about your donation and other info from the National Multiple Sclerosis Society," you will also receive a thank you email confirming your gift from the National MS Society. You can also visit the Facebook Payment History page if you need to reprint a receipt: https://www.facebook.com/settings?tab=payments
Use Facebook’s “donation support” form at this link to ask for a refund: https://www.facebook.com/help/contact/162031714239823
No. We still encourage you to use your Participant Center, email, our mobile apps, and more to meet and exceed your fundraising goal.
No. Facebook Fundraisers are separate from the National MS Society's own Facebook app and our Android/iOS apps. If you install our Facebook app or mobile app(s), you can send or pre-schedule messages to be posted on your Facebook feed throughout your fundraising period. Using the Facebook Fundraiser does not allow you to pre-schedule messages; however, you can regularly post to your Facebook Fundraiser page to keep your friends updated on your progress. Plus, they can donate to you directly in Facebook, making it easier for them to support your efforts. The funds raised through any of these means will now be reflected in your Participant Center.
Yes, you can schedule messages through the Society’s Facebook app (from a laptop or desktop computer), or our mobile apps for iPhone or Android devices. Visit the Tips & Tools page for more information.
Contact our Fundraising Support Center by calling 855-372-1331 or emailing FundraisingSupport@nmss.org