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Dave Bexfield, 43, is the founder of, a website designed to help, motivate and inspire those with multiple sclerosis to stay as active as possible—physically, intellectually and socially—regardless of physical limitations. Established when Dave was diagnosed in 2006, ActiveMSers has helped tens of thousands of people with MS from around the world through its encouraging website, blog and discussion forum. Its motto: Be active, stay fit and keep exploring! 

An Albuquerque, NM, resident and longtime professional writer, Dave’s efforts have been featured in a half-page promotion in the Wall Street Journal and he has been profiled often in local media. His video recapping his experimental NIH-sponsored stem cell transplant won fan favorite at the American Academy of Neurology 2011 Neuro Film Festival. Armed with attitude and a pair of forearm crutches, Dave continues to travel the world with his wife of nearly 20 years, Laura.

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Your Personal Emergency Kit

While I was tramping through the Kenyan bush some years ago with my new wife, our safari guide gave our small group specific instructions as to what to do if we encountered certain dangerous animals. "If an elephant charges our crew, everyone has to scatter--they won't bother to chase a lone person." In my head I mapped out what direction I would run and what I would do if my wife tried to team up with me. (Scold Laura nicely, and then run the other way.) "If a rhinoceros charges you, run in a zigzag pattern to confuse them--their eyesight…

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