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MS Slugfest is coming on August 13. In this month's video, Chapter President John V. Blazek and MS slugfest Committee Chair Alex Grace tell you why you should sign up for our 16-inch charity softball tournament in Chicago's Mt. Greenwood Park.

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Bike MS: Tour de Farms Is One Week Away

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Be a part of the 30th annual Bike MS: Tour de Farms presented  by Subaru. Our annual two-day ride to end MS begins Saturday, June 25, in DeKalb. It's not too late to come out and ride. So register online today!

 Register for Bike MS 

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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. Slide home on Saturday, August 13, in Chicago's Mt. Greenwood Park.

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Walk MS Kicks Off Sept. 11 in Peoria & Urbana

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Peoria & Urbana, get ready! It's time to register and start forming teams and fundraising. Walk MS in your cities takes place this year on Sunday, September 11.

 Register for Walk MS

Run the Chicago Marathon with the Run to Stop MS Team!

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If you missed the deadline to register for the 2011 Bank of America Chicago Marathon, don't worry. We still have spots! Contact Elizabeth Combs now to reserve your marathon spot and register for Run MS! Email or call 1.312.423.1156.

Learn more about Run MS

Click for a complete list of 2010 chapter events.

Wednesday, June 22:
Working Toward Your Bestr Life: Advances in Quality of Life Research
A national webcast with a panel of experts to explore how complementary therapies can enhance traditional approaches to successful symptom management
. Register online

Monday, July 11:
Navigating Through Relationships Part II--Good Grief!
A regional teleconference to help you learn how to take cope with grief and loss. Register online
Virtual--By Phone


Thursday, September 15:
Dinner of Champions 2011
The Greater Illinois Chapter will honor McDonald's CEO Jim Skinner at our annual fundraising event in the Grand Ballroom at Chicago's Navy Pier. More information
Chicago, IL

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Peoria & Urbana: Get Ready for Walk MS

This year, Walk MS Peoria has a new location: the famous Tower Park, at 1222 East Kingman Avenue in Peoria Heights (Google Map.) And Walk MS Urbana participants, get ready for your first autumn walk--in 2011, Walk MS Urbana moves to Sunday, September 11. It will be the same Walk event you've always loved, but this year with the added beauty of early autumn leaves. Learn more and register for both events today on the Walk MS website. 

Register for Walk MS Peoria & Urbana>>

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Goodbye, "Cocktailin' for a Cause"- Hello, "MS2 Soiree"

 Multiple Solutions, our hardworking junior board, worked hard to come up with a new name for its fabulous fall fundraiser. Later this year we'll invite you to the inaugural MS2 Soiree! It's the former "Cocktailin' for a Cause," but rebranded so everyone will know what the event is about--the movement to end MS!

Learn more about Multiple Solutions>>

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

Springfield to Host Summer's Final MS Wellness Summit

If you missed our first two MS Wellness Summits this year, don't worry. You have one more chance to learn first-hand from medical and health experts how nutrition and exercise can help you live well with MS. Attend our final warm-weather 2011 MS Wellness Summit on Saturday, July 9 in Springfield. Click below to register. 

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Help Is Always Just a Click Away

When summer starts to swelter, you don't have to leave your house to find assistance: a wealth of helpful information is always available via the Chapter homepage. Use these links to find info for the Newly Diagnosed (including virtual learning courses) and those whose MS Has Progressed, browse through our Regional Teleconference Archive, find resources for Care Partners and Healthy Living, or explore the ways our Information Resource Center can help you navigate through MS-related issues and challenges. Or pour an iced tea and click below to explore our Programs & Services online hub! 

Visit the Programs & Services online hub>>

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Everyone Should Be an MS Activist!

We need your assistance to make sure Illinois and federal lawmakers know how important it is to consider the needs of people living with MS when making policy and funding decisions. Helping out is easy! Just login to your National MS Society account and update your email preferences to include Advocacy emails. From time to time, we'll email you "Action Alerts" about important legislation and ask you to email your legislators. All you have to do is hit "send." How easy is that!

Login to update your email preferences>>

Browse the national MS Activist Toolkit>>

Click here to learn about volunteering.

Volunteers Needed for MS Slugfest, Walk MS Peoria & Urbana

 We're putting out the call for volunteers for MS Slugfest (on August 13) and Walk MS Peoria & Urbana (on September 11.) We need your help to organize and set-up these events and make them run smoothly. We'll find the volunteer spot that fits your skills! To become a volunteer, email Volunteer Manager Jocelyn Cheng at 

Browse our Volunteer page>>

Recent Headlines from the National MS Society:

MS Trial Alert: Clinical Trial of Sex Hormone Estriol Recruiting Women with MS to Participate - Updated

Details About 130 Clinical Trials in MS Now Available

Study: No Link Found Between Stress and Development of Multiple Sclerosis

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