Page 1 Page 2 Page 3 Page 4 Page 5 Page 6 Page 7 Page 8 Page 9 Page 10 Page 11 Page 12 Page 13 Page 14 Page 15 Page 16 Page 17 Page 18 Page 19 Page 20 Page 21 Page 22 Page 23 Page 24 Page 25 Page 26 Page 27 Page 28 Page 29 Page 30 Page 31 Page 32 Page 33 Page 34 Page 35 Page 36 Page 37 Page 38 Page 39 Page 40 Page 41 Page 42 Page 43 Page 44 Page 45 Page 46 Page 47 Page 48 Page 49 Page 50 Page 51 Page 52 Page 53 Page 54 Page 55 Page 56 Page 57 Page 58 Page 59 Page 60 Page 61 Page 62 Page 63 Page 64 Page 65 Page 6633 MSFocus Summer 2016 On May 20, 2016 the Celebrity Solstice set sail for Alaska with more than 150 participants of the 16th annual MSF Cruise for a Cause® on board. With the Seattle skyline receding in the distance, cruisers enjoyed a ‘welcome aboard’ dinner that offered an opportunity for previous attendees to catch up with old friends. They welcomed new attendees with stories of past cruises and promises of the wonderful adventures to come. Later, at registration, everyone had the opportunity to mingle in the ship’s conference center. There they received their educational program schedule and official gift bags. After a brief welcome by Alan Segaloff, the MSF’s co-executive director, cruisers set off to explore the ship, find their staterooms, unpack, and for many, to turn in early after a long day of travel. Bright and early the next morning, our program kicked off with a presentation by geologist Gail Gibson, who described how climate change over the decades has shaped the area, showing photos of retreating glaciers which formed mountain ranges and waterways throughout the state. This was the 12th MSF cruise for Gail and his wife, Betty. She is also a geologist, as well as an MSF Ambassador, who has lived with MS for more than 30 years. Our educational programs continued during our days at sea, featuring presentations from some of the most prominent professionals in the MS field. Neurologist Daniel Kantor, M.D., enlightened participants about major findings in progressive MS, and how to prepare for a visit to the neurologist. He also facilitated an interactive work- shop on quality of life improvement. Neurologist Randall Schapiro, M.D., gave insight into managing MS symptoms, as well as aging and MS. Patricia Bobryk, PT, MSCS, helped get everyone’s muscles moving with stretching exercises where anyone, regardless of ability, could participate. She also gave presentations on exercising appropriately and managing MS symptoms with rehabilitation. Many of these interesting and informative programs will be made available on MSFocus Radio and the MSF’s YouTube channel later this summer. Alaska Cruisers Find Cause for Celebration By Natalie Blake (Photos, top to bottom) Gail Gibson, Dr. Daniel Kantor, Dr. Randall Schapiro and Patricia Bobryk