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 Greater Illinois Chapter eConnection newsletter December 2010

President's Corner

John V. Blazek, President
John V. Blazek
In 2010 you brought us closer to a world free of MS — thank you!  Here's a quick recap of what we accomplished, and some ideas for the new year. 

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Red Carpet
Roll-out for MS

Cure MS Foundation Gala 2010

Guests sparkled, flashbulbs popped, and the disco ball glittered at A Night to Benefit People Living With MS, a gala event held November 12 in Addison, Ill.

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Learn about Volunteering

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RSVP, then come to our volunteer recruitment meeting Wednesday, Jan. 12, 2011 from 5:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. Call or click for details: volunteerIllinois@nmss.org, 1.312.423.1139.

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January 10
Feeling Well, Feeling Wise
Regional Teleconference

January 12
Volunteer Recruitment Event

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December 17
Holiday Gift Wrapping
Rockford, Ill.

December 20
Holiday Gift Wrapping
Cherry Vally, Ill.



Direct Assistance Keeps Debbie Moving
Debbie, diagnosed with Relapsing-Remitting MS in 1986, reached out to the Greater Illinois Chapter’s Programs & Services department as a resource. Our Direct Assistance program helped her gain Social Security disability benefits, support, answers and the means to get around. “When I put the call out for help,” she says, “they were everywhere.”Read more here:

New Parking Law Takes Effect January 1

New Parking Law Effective January 1
Public Act 096-1125, which strengthens penalties to property owners who fail to keep their accessible parking aisles and spaces clear, takes effect January 1. The Greater Illinois Chapter and its activists helped promote the law, which was signed on July 20, 2010 by Governor Pat Quinn. Businesses who allow their accessible parking spaces to remain obstructed will be subject to a fine of up to $250. Dial 311 to report parking obstructions to your local police.

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Multiple Solutions MS Pub Crawl 2011

Raise Glass to End MS
Join us on "The King's" birthday at the Multiple Solutions MS Pub Crawl, Saturday, Jan. 8, 2011, starting at Schuba’s Tavern, 3159 North Southport Ave., Chicago, 2 p.m. Your $30 donation earns a souvenir mug, drink specials and a chance to win a raffle. It’s a fun way to support our mission to create a world free of MS.Read more here:

Yvonee Solorzano, Volunteer

Volunteer Draws Strength Inspiring
In May 2001, Yvonne Solorzano, a college student out having fun with a childhood friend, suddenly lost vision in her right eye. That led to her MS diagnosis. Flash forward to 2010: Yvonne is an office volunteer at the chapter, balancing a busy work schedule at her paying job with her desire to support the chapter and inspire others living with MS.Read more here:

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‘Emerging Therapies’ Special Briefing
On December 9, more than two dozen people attended an exclusive Golden Circle research briefing hosted at the Greater Illinois Chapter’s main office in Chicago. Dr. Anthony Reder, Dr. Adil Javed and Dr. Jackie Bernard from the University of Chicago focused on Emerging Therapies and Emerging Ways to Measure MS. They discussed similarities between MS and other diseases, as well as new treatments and their affects on MS.

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MS Carnivale 2011, Peoria, Ill.

Experience Mardi Gras at MS Carnivale
Vivid colors, shiny beads, a mirage of acts...and lots of fun – attend Peoria’s own MS Carnivale! March 11, 2011 marks the ninth MS Carnivale Mardi Gras celebration, to be hosted from 6 p.m. until midnight at the Hotel Père Marquette, 501 Main St. in Peoria, Ill. Tickets only $100 each.

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MS Carnivale 2011, Peoria, Ill.

Kingston Gordon at Holiday Party

Holiday Cheer for Peoria Families
Seven-year-old Kingston Gordon and more than 45 other chapter members, family and friends attended a chapter-sponsored holiday party in Peoria, Ill. December 5.

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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@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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