Women on the MoveEvent History

Across the country, more than 20 chapters host MS Women on the Move Luncheons with attendees who come to learn more about MS and give from the heart to honor and support friends, family members, neighbors, and colleagues who live with the disease.

 WOTM Luncheon


The National Capital Chapter would like to thank everyone who made the 10th Anniversary of the Women on the Move Luncheon a phenomenal success. We garnered the biggest attendance that the event has ever had—in the country. More than 970 people joined the National Capital Chapter to support this historic occasion, bringing in more than $350,000 toward programs and services, as well as research for a cure. It was an exceptional event and the chapter couldn’t have accomplished what it did without the help of Co-Chairs Carrie Marriott and Amy Knight, as well as our speaker, Ann Romney, and moderator, Norah O’Donnell. 

Carrie Marriott spoke about her mother’s strength in the midst of having MS and Amy Knight inspired the audience, rising from her wheelchair—with the help of her friend, Mrs. Marriott—to deliver a rousing speech about her personal struggle with MS and the impact that new innovations in medicine are having on her today. Ann Romney continued the discussion, delivering frank and moving responses to CBS’ Norah O’Donnell. One of the most powerful moments came when Mrs. Romney said, “I have MS but everyone has something. It’s all a matter of how you’re going to deal with the cards you have.” She reminded the audience to live intentionally, to recognize their personal struggles and use them to help other people who might be going through the same thing. That’s why this luncheon is so powerful: it showcases the humanity behind MS and what individuals can do when they come together for a common goal. See photos from the 2014 Luncheon.

 DCW 2013 WOTM Invite


After 10 years of keeping his MS diagnosis a family secret, 2013 Keynote Speakers Jeff Marco and his wife Wendy were moved to finally share their personal experiences with MS when Jeff challenged himself to climb Mt. Whitney in California, the highest mountain in the lower 48. Together they raised nearly $37,000 in just 10 months to fuel research initiatives and help local families dealing with MS. Jeff and Wendy shared their inspirational story of family, commitment, determination, and the power of community. See photos from the 2013 Luncheon - Courtesy of Amanda K. Gilley

 DCW 2012 WOTM


Since childhood, our 2012 Keynote Speaker Kristie Salerno Kent dreamed of a career in entertainment. In 1999, just a few years after receiving her Bachelor’s Degree in Fine Arts from Syracuse University and starting to fulfill her professional ambition, Kristie was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis. Just when she thought her dreams were out of reach, she began playing a new role in her own life, using her obstacles as an inspiration for success. She shared her journey with MS, the value of family and support systems, and the importance of never giving up. See photos from the 2012 Luncheon - Courtesy of Amanda K. Gilley

DCW 2011 WOTM Invite


In 2011, the event featured keynote speaker Zoe Koplowitz. Author of “The Winning Spirit – Life Lessons Learned in Last Place”, Zoe’s journey is fueled by her desire to show others the beauty of courage in the face of adversity. Living with the daily challenges of both MS and Diabetes, Zoe’s tireless spirit has driven her to finish 22 marathons to date, all of them in last place. She shared her lessons learned along the way including faith, intention, commitment, self acceptance, and the power of humor.

 DCW 2010 WOTM Invite


In 2010, singer, musician, and actor David Osmond and his father Alan Osmond, founder of the famed troupe of singing brothers, shared stories of overcoming challenges, and of determination and accomplishment as a family facing MS.

 DCW 2009 WOTM Ivite


In 2009, former US Cycling Team member Maureen Manley shared her story about living with MS while realizing her goals as a life coach, consultant, and designer of the MS Wellness Center in Seattle, Washington.

 DCW 2008 WOTM Invite


In 2008, Dr. Dora Hughes, Health Policy Advisor to Senator Barack Obama, and Dr. Mary Hughes, Medical Director of the Augusta MS Center and Rehabilitation Services in Georgia, shared their experiences of life with MS and the progress being made towards a cure.

 DCW 2007 WOTM Invite


In 2007, columnist and best-selling author Jacquelyn Mitchard shared her perspective as an advocate and best friend of someone living with MS. 



In 2006, MS Lifelines Ambassador Rain Pryor, daughter of the late comedian Richard Pryor, shared her experience as a child of a parent with MS. 



Actress and National MS Society Ambassador Teri Garr shared her story of life with MS in 2005.

For more information, please contact the Chapter at (202) 296-5363 or WomenOnTheMoveDC@nmss.org.

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