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Bike MS: Tour de Farms  kicks off Saturday, June 25. In this month's video, Chapter President John V. Blazek and Bike MS Manager Elle Ullum ask you to gear up for the cycling weekend of the year!

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Bike for a World Free of MS

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Be a part of the 30th annual Bike MS: Tour de Farms, our annual two-day ride to end MS, beginning Saturday, June 25, in DeKalb.

 Register for Bike MS 

"Batter, batter, batter!"
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Are you registered yet for MS Slugfest? It's the Chapter's 16-inch, coed softball tournament organized by our junior board, Multiple Solutions. Batter up on Saturday, August 13, in Chicago's Mt. Greenwood Park.

 Register for MS Slugfest 

Peoria & Urbana: Get Ready for Walk MS!

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Our incredible success with Walk MS 2011 continues later this summer! Peoria & Urbana, get ready to walk for a world free of MS on Sunday, September 11. 

 Register for Walk MS

Run the Chicago Marathon to Stop MS

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We've still got a limited number of post-close entries for the 2011 Bank of America Chicago Marathon. If you'd like to participate as part of the Chapter's Run MS team, email us right away!

Learn more about Run MS

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Did you know that every National MS Society event website will tell you if you're logged in correctly? At the top of every page of our event websites (or in the upper-right corner for Walk MS), the name of the person currently logged in is dsplayed. If you login from a computer used by other MS Society event participants, make sure it's your name at the top of the page. If not, log out and log back in with your own user name and password.

Volunteers Needed for Bike MS

ILD Volunteer Hands RaisedWe're putting out the call for volunteers for Bike MS: Tour de Farms! Help out with set-up, gear, support, dispatch, technology, serve as an assistant in the Team Village, and many other duties. We'll find the volunteer spot that fits your skills! To get started as a Bike MS Volunteer, just register online today!

Learn More about Bike MS 

Click for a complete list of 2010 chapter events.

Saturday, June 4:
MS Wellness Summit
Hear from leading health professionals how to live well with MS at the Chapter's 2011 Wellness Summit series. Register online.
Peoria, IL

Saturday, June 11:
Kane County Cougars Baseball
Attend the Chapter's Family Day Outing to watch Kane County Cougars baseball. Lunch and fireworks display included. Register online
Geneva, IL

Monday, June 13:
Navigating Through Relationships
A regional teleconference to help you learn how to take care of yourself while taking care of others. Register online
Virtual--By Phone

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

Thursday, June 2:
Kroeschell Inc. 1st Annual MS Golf Outing
The creators of the famous "Hamburger & Egg" sandwich launch an annual golf outing to help end MS. Download flyer (PDF)
West Chicago, IL

Women on the Move The fourth annual Women on the Move lunche

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Join Us for Women on the Move
Our annual women's fundraising and empowerment luncheon is just around the corner on Tuesday, May 24. Join Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle, mistress of ceremonies ABC 7 Chicago meteorologist Tracy Butler, and keynote speaker Maureen Manley, former world-champion cyclist, for an inspiring discussion about life with MS and the power of forward momentum. (Ticketed event)

Attend Women on the Move 2011 >>

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Walk MS Success!
Thank you for an amazingly successful Walk MS 2011! More than 12,000 walkers at 11 Walk MS Illinois sites helped us raise over $1.4 million on May 1, and almost $1.9 million so far! Keep up the good work--remember, you can fundraise through September 30.  And if you're in Peoria or Urbana, get ready--your walk events are coming up on Sunday, September 11!

Visit the Walk MS Homepage>>


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Safe-Patient Handling Bill Unanimously Approved by Legislators
SB1577/HB1684--the Safe-Patient Handlng Bill--has successfully passed both the Illinois House and Senate by a unanimous vote.  Please thank your Senator and Representative for their support! In July, we will ask Governor Pat Quinn to sign the bill into law so that over 20,000 people living with MS and thousands more with mobility disabilities will be ensured safe practices of being moved or lifted while in a hospital.

Read our latest Advocacy Update>>

Be an MS Activist>>

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Direct Assistance Available for AC Unit & Cooling Vest Purchases
With summer fast approaching, the need is growing for window air-conditioning units and cooling vests to help people living with MS stay comfortable in the heat. The Chapter's Direct Assistance program can help. If you are in need of an AC unit or cooling vest, call our Information Resource Center (IRC) at 1.800.344.4867, and an IRC Specialist will help find the right solution for you.

Learn about the IRC>>

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A Worldwide Call to End MS
Wednesday, May 25, is World MS Day--a day for people around the world to raise their voices and build awareness for the movement to end MS. Learn more about the global event by clicking the link below, then add your voice by sharing what MS= to you.

Learn about World MS Day>>

Share what MS= to You>>

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Great Turnout for Peoria Chiefs Family Focus Outing
More than 130 people came out to O'Brien Field for the Peoria Chiefs Family Focus Baseball Outing on Saturday, May 7, and all had a great time! The Chapter organizes social opportunities throughout the year for our constituents and their families to connect with each other. Click the below link to learn what's coming up--or register for the Kane County Cougars baseball outing!

Browse other Family Focus programs>>

Register for the Cougars baseball outing>>

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Twelve Aquatics & Wellness Instructors Certified in Princeton
On May 15, twelve aquatics and wellness instructors completed the NMSS-certified Aquatics Exercise Training Program for People at the Bureau County Medical Center in Princeton. MS Certified Instructor Diana Duda, from the Palos Fitness Center in Orland Park, led the group through the training. Persons living with MS interested in taking aquatics classes may qualify for scholarships through the chapter’s financial assistance program.

Visit our Financial Assistance page>>

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Volunteer Appreciation? Say It with Baseball! 
Despite some stormy weather, hundreds of Chapter volunteers watched the Chicago Cubs beat the St. Louis Cardinals on May 11 at Wrigley Field. The Chapter wishes to thank the Cubs for donating the tickets and helping give our hardworking volunteers an evening of fun and cheer!

Visit our Volunteer page>>

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Congratulations, 2011 National MS Society Scholarship Recipients

Since 2003, the National MS Society Scholarship Program has helped highly qualified students who have been diagnosed with MS or who have a parent with MS achieve their dreams of going to college. The Chapter congratulates our 2011 local scholarship recipients: Shakita Hopkins; Khrystyne Campbell-Foster; Connor Clark; Braxton Carter; Laurel Silberman; Lauren DiLorenzo; Joshua Newman; Jennifer Bowley; Colin Clark; and Joshua Emge.

About the Society's Scholarship Program>>

Latest Headlines from the National MS Society:

 MS Research Progress Takes Center Stage at American Academy of Neurology’s Annual Meeting

MS Trial Alert: Study of Oral Teriflunomide (HMR1726) Added on to Interferon Beta Recruiting People with Relapsing Forms of MS Worldwide

New Mouse Studies May Provide New Therapeutic Targets to Stop MS -- Much research needed to translate to human MS

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 National MS Society, Greater Illinois Chapter
525 West Monroe Street, Suite 900, Chicago IL 60661
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