National Multiple Sclerosis Society, Greater Northwest Chapter 


The National Multiple Sclerosis Society, Greater Northwest Chapter educates, inspires and empowers those affected by multiple sclerosis (MS). Headquartered in Seattle, with offices in Anchorage and Billings, we serve over 12,000 people living with MS and more than 72,000 others whose lives are directly impacted (family members, friends, co-workers and caregivers) in Alaska, Montana, Western and Central Washington.

In a region where MS is more prevalent than almost anywhere else on earth, the Greater Northwest Chapter is the most dependable resource for programs and information. We educate and support people living with MS throughout the continuum of the disease and provide access to community-based resources.

Mission Statement
We mobilize people and resources to drive research for a cure and to address the challenges of everyone affected by MS.
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National Multiple Sclerosis Society, Greater Northwest Chapter
192 Nickerson St Ste 100 
(206) 284-4254 

Patricia Shepherd-Barnes 


National Multiple Sclerosis Society, Greater Northwest Chapter Programs

Health & Wellness Programs
People with MS who want to increase their physical health and well-being can participate in an array of programs sponsored by the chapter. We offer programs in a small group setting such as the Empowered Living and Living Well with MS series, wellness symposiums, and referrals to aquatic and yoga classes designed specifically for people with MS. Additionally, we offer wellness grants to allow people an expanded opportunity to increase their health and well-being.

Care Management
There are times when individuals and families affected by MS are faced with confusing information, overwhelming decisions, or uncertainty about where to turn for help. Our Care Management Program is designed to help in these situations by connecting individuals to the right care, at the right time, in the right place, by the right provider. By providing a comprehensive assessment of your physical, emotional, financial, and other needs, the Care Management Program can offer practical guidance to help you find resources to deal with these issues and more.

Financial Assistance
Multiple sclerosis is an expensive disease, and creates a range of challenges that can result in short-term financial crises, difficulty obtaining critical equipment and home or auto modifications, and diminished capacity to pay for MS-related needs. The National MS Society’s Financial Assistance Program offers guidance, referrals and resources to help contain the financial impact of MS. The Financial Assistance Program strives to bring meaningful financial assistance to as many people living with MS as possible, with emphasis on helping people maintain their independence, safety, health and quality of life.

Recent Successes and Current Challenges

Recent Success Story

Care Management:
The goal of this level of service is to maintain and/or enhance independent living capabilities and quality of life for people whose health and safety may be compromised by limited knowledge and understanding about the programs and benefits available to them.  In July we heard from Matthew, who lost his job due to MS and worried about his ability to stay in his home.  Our care managers worked with Matthew to apply for both public disability benefits and charity care from his medical provider to expunge outstanding medical debt.   He wrote, “It is good news and it would not have happened without all the help from you.  I will definitely stay in touch as I begin this new phase of my life.  I would love to see about getting back to work in some capacity.”

Join The Movement: Walk MS, Bike MS, Volunteer, Give
We believe that every person in our community can play a role in improving the lives of those affected by MS and that - with your help - a world free of MS is within our grasp. Join the movement today by participating in Walk MS or Bike MS, volunteering your time, or donating to the cause. For information on how you can support people affected by MS, contact Laurie Johnson, Stewardship Manager at or 206-284-4254 ext. 40253


The National Multiple Sclerosis Society, Greater Northwest Chapter (NMSS) educates and empowers individuals affected by multiple sclerosis.

Proven Success
The Greater Northwest Chapter has been recognized by the National MS Society as one of the country's top two chapters for responsive local programming.

Approximately 25-30% of the chapter's annual revenues go to support the infrastructure provided by the national office; this includes research, strategic planning, database and web support, financial reporting systems, educational materials, and a call center that triages client calls to local chapters.

The MS community of supporters in this chapter service area is very strong, in part due to the prevalence of MS in this region. They also have several large fundraising events, Walk MS and Bike MS, which provide a vehicle for people affected by this disease to take an active role in the effort to find a cure.

In January 2010 they expanded the chapter to include Alaska, and the 1,000 people identified with MS who live there. In the next year they will be exploring innovative ways to provide programs and services to people in Alaska while maintaining quality services in King County where the majority of their client base resides. They are also looking into bringing on Montana and eastern Washington and northern Idaho in the next year.

The Greater Northwest Chapter is a well-managed organization that leverages the resources and infrastructure of a national organization on behalf of thousands of MS patients in King County each year. They are a comprehensive provider of MS education, advocacy, and services in the region, and provide valuable services to people with MS.

Grant History with The Seattle Foundation:

Grants Awarded through The Seattle Foundation Grantmaking Program:

3/10/2008 $5,000.00support general operating expenses.


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