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President's Corner

John V. Blazek, President
John V. Blazek

At Champions for a Cure on Thursday, Sept. 30, 2010, we celebrated innovations by leading scientists, clinicians, academic researchers and commercial visionaries....

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An Evening of Unity, Learning

More than 200 people attended Champions for a Cure at the Museum of Science and Industry in Chicago, which included a reception, dinner and informative program. Medical professionals mingled with donors, fund-raisers and people living with MS, enjoying a great dinner while learning about the latest MS research from noted experts and the Society's CEO.
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Adaptive Yoga Connected Mind, Body, People

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

Earlier this month we brought together 17 yoga instructors to learn techniques for teaching yoga to people with MS. The following day, the gurus put their new knowledge to practice, leading clients and their families in 2 1/2 hours of yoga and fun!

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Rays of Hope: 
About 500 attended Symposium Oct. 16 

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Vitamin D3 was focus of keynote, then focus shifted to annual meeting and volunteer recognitions.
Look forward to our recap and photos in the November issue!

Click for a complete list of 2010 chapter events.

November 13, 2010
"Updates on MS Therapy" plus discussion of vitamin D and MS, with Dr. Daniel Wynn and Cathy Meyer, R.N. at
This will open a PDF document.Sauk Valley MS Self-Help Group meeting
Dixon, Ill.

November 13, 2010
Cocktailin' for the Cause

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

November 6, 2010
9th Annual Multiple Sclerosis Fundraiser
Merrionette Park, Ill.

November 12, 2010
Cure MS Foundation
3rd Annual Night to Benefit People Living With MS
Addison, Ill.


Service Navigator Anne Chavez

Finding Better Quality of Life with MS
When one client’s 17-year-old son contacted the Information Resource Center with financial concerns, the Greater Illinois Chapter’s Service Management team was there to help.  The boy and his father, who lives with MS, were on a fixed income, with only Social Security Disability income to cover all their living expenses. They had little money for food and other necessities and were in need of guidance.Read more here:

Click here to learn more about Golden Circle

Golden Circle Launches Society-wide
Seeks New Members
October 1 marked the Golden Circle campaign launch of an individual giving opportunity for donors with extraordinary commitments to a world free of MS.  Gifts can be directed toward research, programs for people living with MS, or to where it is needed most. A $1,000 outright donation or greater (per year) entitles donors to Golden Circle Membership status, which includes unmatched access to breaking research news and invitations to research briefing dinners and events. Click on “read more” or contact Terri Brankin at 1.312.423.1182, or at terri.brankin@nmss.org.Read more here:

Click here to learn more about Cocktailin' for the Cause.

Get Your Cocktailin' Tickets Now!
One of the Greater Illinois Chapter’s swankiest events, Cocktailin’ for a Cause, is less than a month away. On Saturday, Nov. 13, 2010, Multiple Solutions, our junior board, will throw a hip party at the Hard Rock Hotel in Chicago, featuring live music and drinks from SKYY Spirits. Purchase now to save $25 — prices go up November 1.Read more here:

Cassandra Ince, 2010 Society scholarship winner

Scholarship Applications Available
Cassi Ince of Greater Illinois won in 2010
College bound? The Society awarded nearly $1 million to 470 scholars in 2010 and is again seeking leaders, dreamers and go-getters. Applications for the Society’s 2011 scholarship program, worth up to $3,000 per student, are available by clicking here before the January 14, 2011 deadline. Tell a worthy student today!Read more here:

Bridgeview Bank Offers Accessible Online Account

Bank Offers Accessibility,
New Accounts Benefit Chapter
Raise money for the Greater Illinois Chapter just by opening a free Bridgeview Bank account (checking or savings) with a $50 minimum deposit via their fully accessible Web site. For every account opened with “National Multiple Sclerosis Society” as the referrer, our chapter will earn $10.Read more here:

Click here to register now!

Tour de Farms Set for June 25-26
Register now! | 30th Anniversary
Save $10 now on your Bike MS: Tour de Farms 2011 registration by visiting bikeMSillinois.org and using discount code "bikems2011" (case-sensitive) during the online registration process.Read more here:

Mike Cordes at the Bank of America Chicago Marathon 2010

41 Chicago Marathon Runners
Raised Almost $50K for MS
Mike Cordes ran the Bank of America Chicago Marathon as part of the Greater Illinois Chapter’s first Run to Stop MS team, in honor of his son who has MS.  “I survived the marathon,” he said.  “It was hot, and my finish time was not what I would have liked, but I can truly say that emotionally this was my best one yet.Read more here:"

In the News:

This will open a PDF document.Click on the story link to learn more. Vitamin D News from Colleen Hayes, Ph.D. (PDF document)

Click on the story link to learn more. House passes bill for more robust MS data >>

Click on the story link to learn more. Dr. Coetzee, Fast Forward at Capitol Hill for Society >>

Click on the story link to learn more. Oregon, Ill., resident raises $19K for MS through N.J. ride >>

Click on the story link to learn more. Adult stem cell studies ahead of embryonic >>

Click on the story link to learn more. Investigating loss of sense of  taste >>

Click on the story link to learn more. Gilenya: What is it and how does it  work? + What you should know >>

Click on the story link to learn more. Phase III results for AVP-923 (drug that treats uncontrollable laugher or crying) >>

Click on the story link to learn more. FDA Approves Fingolimod (Gilenya) >>

More News>>


Log in to your Participant Center daily!  Part of one of our events? Visit and update your Participant Center now:

Bike MS: Tour de Farms 2011 Registration is open! Click here now.  Walk MS 2011 Registration Opens November 1, 2010!

MS Slugfest Registration Opens in 2011  Run to Stop MS 2011 Registration opens in January 2011.

Walking ShoesWalk MS 2011 Set for May 1
September 11 in Peoria, Ill.
Registration opens November 1!



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@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@nmss.org

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