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New President

John V. Blazek, President

John V. Blazek, veteran fundraiser and mission-focused administrator was named President of the National MS Society, Greater Illinois Chapter. Click on his image above for a video message, and on "read more" below for the press release.

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Walk MS Peoria attracted more than 800 participants.

More than 800 people came out for Walk MS in Peoria Sunday, September 12, raising more than $100,000 for MS research and programs. Thanks to all participants for stepping up!  More Walk to create a world free of MS! | Click here to learn more.details and photos to come.  In the meantime, keep up your fundraising, and check out our newest community walk in Princeton, Ill., set for October 3.  Another opportunity for you to don your orange sneakers before the summer's end! 

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John G. Shedd Aquarium, Chicago | Click here for pictures.

Thank you Trustee Dan Hennessy for sponsoring MS Day at the Shedd Aquarium, which took place September 11. New chapter President John Blazek welcomed families and friends, enjoying a memorable day.
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Click for a complete list of 2010 chapter events.

September 30
Champions for a Cure

Learn more about adaptive yoga for people with MS | Click here.

October 2
Adaptive Yoga

October 10
Run to Stop MS
(via Chicago Marathon)


October 16
Annual Meeting,
Research Symposium and Volunteer Recognitions

Click for a complete list of community-driven events connected to our cause.

Cure MS Foundation

September 18
Plunder for a Cure
Arlington Hts., Ill.

September 25
Camp Big Sky
Farmington, Ill.

September 25
TEE-OFF Against MS
Knoxville, Ill.

September 29
Panel discussion:  Higher Education & Latinos with Disabilities

October 3
Community Walk MS Event
Princeton, Ill.

Greater Illinios Chapter Research Symposium

Research Symposium Features
Dr. Colleen Hayes, New Health Expo
Is vitamin D therapy the answer to MS? Is there a link to sunlight and MS? Find out at the 15th Annual Fannie & Charles Penikoff Research Symposium on October 16 at the Hyatt Regency Hotel in Rosemont, Ill. Register online or call 1.800.344.4867. Read more here:

Dave Noren

Dave Noren Remembered
We are saddened to report the unexpected death August 22 of Oak Lawn MS Support Group Facilitator Dave Noren. Dave also was a member
of the Support Group Leadership Advisory Council. Click "read more" to learn about his service to
others with MS, as told by Client Services Manager Susan Mosher. Read more here:

Click to learn about Champions for a Cure.

Celebrate Discoveries with Champions
Celebrate discoveries in research and progress in MS treatment at Champions for a Cure on Thursday, Sept. 30, 2010. Nationally renowned experts will speak to key findings while you enjoy dinner at the Museum of Science and Industry. Tickets still available! Read more here:

Champions for a Cure

Click here now to learn more about our Regional Teleconferences

New Teleconference Series Registrations Start October 1
The Midwest Regional Teleconference Series, held the second Monday of each month, kicks-off a new series of programming Oct. 11 with “Vitamins & Supplements: What Does Vitamin D Do?” Other topics include, “Pain & MS” and “Cognitive Changes & MS.” Call 1.800.344.4867 to register no later than 5 p.m. the Monday of each program.
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Skyy Vodka

Save the Date: Cocktailin’ for the Cause
Have a rockin’ good time for an even better cause! Save Saturday, Nov. 13, 2010 for MS Cocktailin’ for the Cause at the Hard Rock Hotel. This semi-formal event, hosted by our junior board, Multiple Solutions, will feature live music and drinks from SKYY Spirits.
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 Youth Camp Caricature

“I am a different
person now.”

--A First-time,
Happy Camper

Cantalupo Camp Logo

Nearly 100 youth from around the region met up for a fun-filled week in Annandale, Minn. for the Greater Illinois Chapter's third year at the James Cantalupo Growth and Empowerment camp for youth.  Images, video and campers' comments were captured throughout the week and shared with family members and friends via Facebook. Read More 

Softball Player

Hot Dogs

Softball Player 2

Team Numb Nutz Tops MS Slugfest Championship
On August 14, 2010, nearly 500 dedicated softball players enjoyed friendly competition at MS Slugfest 2010 in Mt. Greenwood Park on Chicago's South Side.  This year’s tournament champion was newcomer team Numb Nutz.  “We thought it would be great to support one of our players’ family in the fight against MS by doing what we love to do, playing softball,” said Team Captain Monique Abbate, who added that the tournament was very well organized. Read MoreMore photos here. >>

Join the 'Cat' Challenge Match!

The Caterpillar Foundation will match up to $10,000 in new funds donated to the chapter as "new donor" gifts and/or gift increases from established donors.  Won’t you become a new donor or increase your giving this year to help us with this match challenge? Read More

In the News:

Click on the story link to learn more. Society Scholarship Applications Available October 1

Click on the story link to learn more. Real Housewives of DC star Michaele Salahi has been living with MS

Click on the story link to learn more. Workshop:  Practical Skills for Enhancing Your Strengths as Couples Living with MS

Click on the story link to learn more. Governor's Health Reform Council to Hold Public Hearing September 22

Click on the story link to learn more. Researchers:  Asthma Drug Albuterol May Help with MS 

Click on the story link to learn more. Obama:  First Lady's Father Kept Working Despite MS

Arrow Stem-Cell Research Pushed to Top of Congress' Agenda



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The Society addresses the challenges of each person affected by MS by funding cutting-edge research, driving change through advocacy, facilitating professional education, collaborating with MS organizations around the world, and providing programs and services designed to help people with MS and their families move their lives forward.  Early and ongoing treatment with an FDA-approved therapy can make a difference for people with multiple sclerosis.  Learn about your options by talking to your health care professional and by contacting the National MS Society at cgic@ild.nmss.org, visiting us at MSillinois.org or calling 1.800.344.4867.  Information provided by the Society is based on professional advice, published experience and expert opinion, but does not represent individual therapeutic recommendations, prescriptions, nor endorsements.  For specific information and advice, consult your personal physician. The Society assumes no liability for the use or contents of any product or service mentioned. The trademarks that appear in this publication are the property of their respective owners.  eConnection questions, suggestions or stories to share?  Please write to the editor: john.henao@ild.nmss.org

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