Marion County Multiple Sclerosis Self-Help Group, Ocala, Florida

Enjoying Life One Day at a Time!

Activities With Signup

We are a fun group of people and we would love to have you join us.  We have speakers, luncheons, share stories and information, and just have an all around good time.  We are members of MSAA, MSF and NMSS.  We also have a full activity calendar every month from November thru May.  You can always feel free to bring a friend to any of our activities!  

  On this form, you will only need to type your Name once under "Names" in the next paragraph (You must type in your name or I won't know who sent this form).  You can respond to as many activities at one time as you wish.  When finished responding to all the activities you wish to respond to, click any "Submit Button" any where in the grey area located under "Names".  Don't click Submit until you are done.  It will send a form with all your responses at one time!   Thank You for your RSVP!


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Greenway Facility
6850 S.E. 41st Court
Ocala, FL 34480
Phone: 352-732-7300
"MTRA’s horses are not "just horses"
these wonderful creatures are the instruments of
every-day miracles, each with their own
distinct personality and history"
The Multiple Sclerosis Foundation has again given a grant to Marion Therapeutic Riding Association, Inc. (MTRA) to provide therapeutic horseback riding and equine assisted activities to folks that are living with the challenges of MS.
MTRA's mission is to promote health, wellness and education while providing the miraculous benefits of therapeutic horseback riding and equine assisted activities to persons of all ages who are challenged with a disability. We have been providing equine assistend activities to persons in Central Florida for over 25 years and are very proud to hold the Premier Accredited ranking from the Professional Association of Therapeutic Horsemanship, International, a.k.a. PATH, Int'l.
Our MS program has had a steady attendance for the past three years. Every participant of the program has boasted some measure of success from participating in teh program. 100% of the active participants have stronger core and leg strength. The riders that consistently attended the riding sessions stated that their balance has been improved as a result of participating in the program, thus enjoying a better quality of life. One rider also informed us that her last MRI showed no advancement of her disease and was told she was in remission.
Those that consistently participate enjoy the activity and camaraderie and are truly amazed in the results the program has offered them. Some have been able to discard leg braces, others claim they fall less as a result of better balance, and others are truly grateful for a reason to get up in the morning.
All that have participated in MTRA's therapeutic riding program have claimed at least one success. We, as a center, have the opportunity to work with numerous participants - all in different phases of the disease.
MTRA is beginning another 10 week MS session beginning February 7, 2013 and have openings for three new riders. Please call me if you have any questions on how to enroll in this wonderful activity.

Laurie Bruun
Laurie Bruun, Executive Director
Marion Therapeutic Riding Assoc., Inc.
6850 SE 41s Court
Ocala, Florida 34480
(352) 732-7300

We have been approved for the Therapeutic Horseback Riding Grant that we were working on getting a grant thru MSF/Copaxone.  If anyone is interested, please complete the information below ASAP  (The grant is only for people with Multiple Sclerosis and does not include care partners).  We will see if there is any way we can add additional people, if not now then you will be at the top of the list for the next session after this one.  You will have a one hour session, one day per week, for 10 weeks.  You will need to contact Lauie Bruun, MTRA Program Director at (352) 732-7300 and let her know you are part of the Marion County MS Group to see if there are still openings.  Volunteers also need to contact the facility themselves at 352-732-7300 to let them know what they are interested in doing and when.  You can download your forms for both Riding and Volunteering at  For Riders, go to the lower right hand corner under Documents, Click "Rider Signup Info" and "Rider Medical Form" and Print them out and fill them out and have your Neurologist sign the release form.  You must have an MS
Diagnosis.  For Volunteers, Click "Volunteer Greenway Forms" and Print them Out, then fill them out and mail them to MTRA at the above address.   You can visit their web site at 
Let me know if you are interested in doing the Therapeutic Horseback Riding
Yes, I am interested in Riding  No, I am not interested in Riding  
Some spouses, etc. have mentioned a desire to Volunteer to help with horses or taking care of place. Volunteers need to contact MTRA at 352-732-7300 to set things up as to what you would be interested in doing and when, etc.
I am interested in volunteering  

           Super Pin Sippers
1st Wed. of Month Bowling (and every Wed.) - Must Check in at Desk by 9:45 a.m. AMF Galaxy East
3225 SE Maricamp, Ocala (We also have bowling ball with retractable handle for those that would like to use it)  (Of course I'll have to find where I put
Come join us for bowling, or just come and cheer us on! 
    Wed. February 6, 13, 20, 27 and March 6, 13, 20, 27 - AMF Galaxy East - Ocala  - Must Check in at Desk by 9:45 a.m. - You will always find our group on lanes 21 & 22 just ask at desk for the MS Group.  (Jean, Ruthie and her Mom, Art/Peg, Cathy/Red, Mitzi are regulars...sometimes Tom/Juanita join us and we have friends Janet and Linda that are regulars that join our group).  Phyllis and Lisette also come to cheer us on every couple of weeks.  After bowling we normally go out to lunch.  We can reserve the end lanes any time we know ahead of time that we need the for scooters, wheelchairs, etc.  The cost is $9.00 for 3 games (There was a price increase of $1.00, but you automatically get a coupon for a free game of open bowling any time within 30 days and they added back in an extra colored pin) and you can win money by picking up splits, getting a strike on colored headpin, buying 6 tickets for $1.00 and having your number called and getting 50 cents for each pin you knock down on next turn on First Ball thrown and many other ways to win.  The 1st and 3rd Wed. are Double money except for ticket drawings.  There is no competition between people...anyone can win money and it's all for fun!  You must sign in at their desk by 9:45 a.m. on that Wednesday to participate.  It will go til 12:00 p.m.  They are making special provisions for us.  Also, for those that are not able to bowl 3 games due to physical limitations, they will let us share the other words one person in a scooter might bowl 2 games and another bowl the other game and split the cost.  This is only for people that are unable due to physical limitations.  This is the reason we changed all of our other group activities to 1:00 p.m, so that anyone that wanted to do the bowling and still participate in our other activities could do both.  Let's have a great turn-out.  It's alot of fun!  If you don't feel like bolwing, remember you can always come and join us and cheer us on and join us for lunch afterwards.  Please RSVP
From Villages - 441N Turn Rt. onto 17th St becomes Maricamp (464) pass 25th Ave, next light turn Left (behind McDonald’s) on Rt.
From 200N Turn Rt. onto 17th St. cross 441 stay on 17th St becomes Maricamp (464) pass 25th Ave, next light turn Left (behind McDonald's) on Rt
Please check whether you are coming to Bowl, Cheer, or Lunch after
Bowl - Wed.12:45 pm - 3:00 pm.  Cheer - Wed. 12:45 pm - 3:00 pm  Bowl - Wed. 12:45 pm - 3:00 pm  Cheer - Wed. 12:45 - 3:00 pm  

2nd Tuesday of Month

Bowling with the Villages MS Group at Spanish Springs in the Villages.  Bowling is $2.15 per game.

Tues., Oct. 11, 997 Alverez Ave., The Villages, Lady Lake, FL

Come join us to bowl or just to cheer us on!

From Ocala - 441S to the Villages

3rd Wed. of Month Meeting at Denny's Restaurant   1:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m. (This was done so that people that wanted an extra wednesday fun day bowling could do so in the morning.) 
Please try to arrive 12:30 and 12:45 p.m. to order your food so we don't interrupt the speaker
Denny's Rest. - 3801 West Silver Springs Blvd. (Rte. 40W/Int., I-75), Ocala, FL  34482. 
Our next MCMSGroup Meeting is this Wednesday, February 20 at Denny's, I-75/40W from 1:00-3:00. We will be having an Open Forum and I will be passing out packets from the Multiple Sclerosis Foundation.  Feel free to bring a friend.  Jason is working on another speaker for us for our March meeting.  Hope to see you there.  Jean
 Remember....friends and family are always welcome.
Hope everyone can join us!
Please RSVP here by clicking your response below or
or to Jean McGrail at or by calling me at (352) 207-4251.  Thanks.  Hope to see you there! 
From I-75N Take Exit 40W (West Silver Springs Blvd.) Turn Left and go under I-75, Denny's will be immediately on the Rt.
From Villages - 441N - turn Left onto 40W (West Silver Springs Blvd.) go 2.7 mi, Denny's Restaurant will be on Rt. just after intersection of I-75
Meeting Wed., February 20 at 1:00 p.m. How Many Will Be Coming?
One  Two  Three  Four  Sorry, Can't Make It!  

Meeting Wed. January 16, 2013 at 1:00 p.m. with Dr. Kantor, Neurologist, Shands, Jacksonville and Jason Ambrose Pharmaceutical Rep. at Denny's Restaurant, 3801 W. Silver Springs Blvd., Ocala.  Jason will be providing lunch.  Please feel free to bring a friend.  Let's have a great turn-out.  Please write down any questions you may have for them and hand them to me before the meeting starts.  Jason will be providing lunch for everyone.  Please RSVP below so I can give him an accurate count.

Meeting January 16, 2013 at 1:00 with Dr. Kantor/Jason Ambrose - How many will be coming
One  Two  Three  Four  Sorry, I can't Make It  
4th Wed. of Month - Cards/Games Day - ** Will only have if I receive RSVP's
Everyone plays whatever they want.  Scrabble, cards, wii game, puzzles, etc.
We will also have the Wii Game System. 
Jean's Mom & Dad's House, 7844 SE 135th St.,
Summerfield (441S) to Market of Marion Flea Market, 2nd Rt. onto SE 135th St.,
Pass new Fire Station to next house on Left.  Please bring a sandwich or whatever you would like for lunch,
or people can pitch in towards a pizza if they want.

From 484E to 441S to Market of Marion Flea Market, 2nd Rt. onto SE 135th St.,
Pass new Fire Station to next house on Left.

Cards & Games Day - How Many Will Be Coming?
One  Two  Three  Four  Sorry, Can't Make It!  


I will be having more Yard Sales/Estate Sales, but probably not til after the Holidays at my house at 6921 SW 84th St., Ocala and also at my mom's house to help raise additional money to cover my real estate taxes and other expenses for anyone that would like to come by and check it out.  I-75 to 200S go 4 miles, Pass Queen of Peace Church, See Auto Tech - Get in Left Lane, Turn Left into Sun Country on SW 69th Ct. Rd. (Across from Joy Lutheran Church), then take immediate Left onto SW 84th St., 3rd Place on Left. Thank you to those of you that have already donated.   I will keep you posted.

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Contact:  Jean McGrail, Facilitator        (352) 207-4251


               Debbie Dann, Co-Facilitator    (352) 245-8139