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A season of Thanks and Giving.

A Season of Thanks and Giving

President's Corner

John V. Blazek, President
John V. Blazek
In this season of thanks and giving, John shares a few thoughts of appreciation, some ideas on how to stay engaged during the holidays and his own resolution for the coming year.

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Learn about the Lawry Circle for Planned Giving

Sylvia Lawry founded the Society in 1946, hoping to cure her brother Bernard’s MS.  While the cure eluded her, Lawry’s legacy is a national movement that aggressively funds research, advocates for change, and provides programs and services that help all Americans affected by MS. You can be part of that legacy.

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11 Volunteers Recognized for Service to Chapter

Carolyn Keith, Volunteer of the Year 2010

Volunteer of the year Carolyn Keith, diagnosed in 1993, has been fundraising for the Society since 2000, Walking the “three days, 50 miles” Twin Cities Challenge Walk since 2002 and volunteering for the Greater Illinois Chapter for more than seven years.  Carolyn and 11 other volunteers were honored last month at the chapter’s Volunteer Recognition Awards ceremony.
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Run to Stop MS Raised $44K

Outfitted in orange tank tops, 41 participants running for MS in the Bank of America Chicago Marathon last month raised over $44,000 as part of the chapter’s first Run to Stop MS (“Run MS”) push.
     Additionally, four independent Run MS team members participated via other races this year, including the Chicago Triathlon and the Berlin Marathon, raising more than $4,000.
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Click for a complete list of 2010 chapter events.

ILD_carnivale_logo_cms_smMarch 2011
MS Carnivale
Peoria, Ill.

Vivid colors, shiny beads, a mirage of acts and lots of fun….it’s Peoria’s own MS Carnivale!  March 11, 2011 will mark the 9th annual MS Carnivale Mardi Gras celebration.  Join us to savor the food, flavor and flair of musicians, entertainers, raffle and silent auction.

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

December 5
Tri-Umph Indoor Triathlon
Northbrook, Ill.

December 7
California Pizza Kitchen MS Fundraiser
Northbrook & Skokie, Ill.


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Small Town H.S. Comes Up Big for MS
For the teens in one Illinois town, homecoming is about much more than a big football game or the social events that surround it. The fall celebration presents an opportunity to do good while having fun. The 250 students at Abingdon High School in Abingdon, Ill. -- population 3,612, about 50 miles west of Peoria -- selected the Greater Illinois Chapter as one of four 2010 beneficiaries...Read more:

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New Law, Special Month Promote Parking Accessibility in Illinois
With snow on the way and shoppers getting ready for the pre-holiday rush, November -- now designated “Accessible Parking Awareness Month” in Illinois -- is the perfect time to announce a new law (Public Act 096-1125) that will strengthen penalties to property owners who fail to keep their accessible parking aisles and spaces clear.  The law takes effect January 1, 2011.Read more here:

Golden Circle

Research Briefing
A complimentary Research Briefing for Golden Circle members (plus a guest) will be held in Chicago on Thursday, December 9.  Doctors Anthony Reder, Adil Javed and Jackie Bernard will discuss Emerging Therapies & Emerging Ways to Measure MS.  Light refreshments will be served.  Thank you Golden Circle donors for all you do to move our mission forward! Become a member >>Read more here:

 Walk to Create a World Free of MS

Bike MS: Tour de Farms

Bev Johnson Wants a Cure for MS; 
She's Willing to Walk for it
Because she’s been an outstanding champion and Walk MS fundraiser for years, Beverly Johnson has been selected to represent the Greater Illinois Chapter on the Society’s Fundraising Goal Steering Committee. She believes that continuing research will lead to a cure and her impressive fundraising helps the Society continue funding important research until we can end MS forever.

Walk MS and Bike MS registration is now open, so get a team together, get psyched and Join the Movement!  Learn more at walkMSillinois.org and bikeMSillinois.org.

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Save the Date for Youth Camp
Youth:  Join us for the James Cantalupo Growth and Empowerment Camp in 2011, sponsored through generous donations by the Cantalupo Family.  Camp will take place June 19 - 25 at Camp Icaghowan in Amery, Wisc.  Applications available after February 1.  Mark your calendars now spots fill fast!  View our Facebook page. >>Read more here:

Multiple Solutions

Michaele Salahi

Skyy Vodka

'Real Housewife' Rocks Chicago
On Saturday, Nov. 13, 2010, Multiple Solutions, the Greater Illinois Chapter's junior board and auxiliary, hosted its 7th annual MS Cocktailin’ for the Cause charity benefit at Chicago’s Hard Rock Hotel. The more than 200 attendees included Real Housewife of D.C. Michaele Salahi, who has lived with MS for over 17 years. Cocktailin’ 2010 raised over $30,000 to help fund MS research, programs and services.

Congratulations to New Officers
Meanwhile, new Multiple Solutions co-presidents have been named, supplementing a full slate of officers.  Effective October 1, Jessica Freiburg and Theresa DelVecchio are co-presidents.  Also, Alex Grace was reconfirmed as MS Slugfest chair, a role he previously co-chaired with Freiburg.Read more here:

Vitamin D3, via sunshine or pill, may inhibit MS

Research Symposium Keynote on Vitamin D
More than 450 people attended the chapter's Research Symposium October 16 at the Hyatt Regency O’Hare to learn about the latest research in multiple sclerosis.  The keynote address, by Colleen Hayes, Ph.D., focused on vitamin D3 as a possible MS inhibitor.Read more here:

In the News:

Click on the story link to learn more. Greater Illinois'
Team Tania "largest friends and family team across the U.S." >>

Click on the story link to learn more. Society Launches New This will open a PDF document.Research Projects, Worth $14.6 Million

Click on the story link to learn more. Society Benefits when Twitter Users Start Following this Marketing Company in November.>>

Click on the story link to learn more. WGN Medical Watch: Fly for MS with Eric Powell and Andrei Floroiu (video). >>

Click on the story link to learn more. 'Observation' Patients Left Owing Thousands. >>

Click on the story link to learn more. 'Real Housewife of D.C.' at Cocktailin' for the Cause >>

Click on the story link to learn more. 24/7 'MS Friends' Support Line Transitioning to Society. >>

Click on the story link to learn more. NWU MS Program Presents Educational Series for Young Professionals. >>

Click on the story link to learn more. FDA Approves Drug to Treat Uncontrolled Laughing and Crying. >>

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APPLY NOW: Free program for qualified homes may help cut utilitiy bills. Home Energy Efficiency Training Program (HEET) will help you prepare for winter weather and patch air leaks.  Must live within the City of Chicago.  Single-family or 2-4 unit homes OK.
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LPYP Peppermint Bash 2010Thanks to the Lincoln Park Young Professionals for promoting our chapter's events.  Join LPYP for its 6th Annual Peppermint Bash Friday November 19 at the Grossinger City Autoplex in Chicago. 
Learn more here (zip) or buy your tickets here

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

Log into your Bike MS Participant Center now.  Log into your Walk MS Participant Center now.

MS Slugfest | Registration Opens Soon for 2011.  Run to Stop MS | Registration opens soon for 2011.




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@nmss.org

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