PRESIDENT'S CORNER: You Ought to Be in Pictures--IADT & the Greater Illinois Chapter
In this month's President's Corner video, Chapter President John V. Blazek takes you inside the International Academy of Design & Technology (IADT)--source of the volunteer support that helps us bring you these videos every month! We also want to recognize the efforts of Chapter volunteer Mark Woods, the IADT student who launched our video initiative and shoots and produces every episode--thanks, Mark!
Watch on YouTube
Visit the IADT website
Walk MS Peoria & Urbana: Time to Register & Fundraise!
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
Bike MS: Tour de Farms Prize Deadline Is Almost Here
If you were a Bike MS: Tour de Farms participant this year, thank you for helping us raise more than $1.3 million (so far)! If you qualified for fundraising prizes, the deadline to redeem them is fast approaching. To learn what to do, click below to read the recent Bike MS prize redemption email.
Read the Bike MS Prize Redemption email
Slide Home to End MS
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.
Register for MS Slugfest
Run the Chicago Marathon with the Run to Stop MS Team!
If you missed the deadline to register for the 2011 Bank of America Chicago Marathon, don't worry. We still have spots! Contact Elle Ullum now to reserve your marathon spot and register for Run MS! Email email@example.com or call 1.312.423.1172.
Learn more about Run MS
Monday, August 8:
Regional Teleconference--Sleep & MS, When to Doze
Learn from experts how MS impacts sleep and ways you can improve your sleep patterns. Register online
Saturday, August 13:
MS Informational Open House
Bring your family and friends and learn about the Chapter's many programs, services, support groups, and events. Giveaways and light refreshments. Register online
Saturday, August 27:
5th Annual Regional Research Symposium
Learn from local experts about the latest, most promising trends in MS research. Register online
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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. Register online
Saturday, September 17:
Miller Park Zoo Outing
A free family fun outing to the Miller Park Zoo in Bloomington. For more information, email Anne Abbott at firstname.lastname@example.org.
It Just Got Easier to Find an MS Support Group!
We've updated our MS Support Groups page to make it
much easier for you to find an MS Support Group near you. There are 52
groups in all, meeting monthly throughout Illinois, and open to anyone
living with MS, their family, friends, and care partners. Click through
and get connected today!
Find an MS Support Group>>
Tell Us Your Story of Gas Station Accessibility
The Chapter continues to advocate for improving accessibility at Illinois service stations. In order to help us build a case with state legislators, we need your story! If you have mobility disabilities and have been challenged trying to get refueling assistance at Illinois service stations, please let us know. You can click below to take a brief online survey about your experiences, or email us your story to Jocelyn Cheng at email@example.com.
Take the Gas Station Accessibility online survey>>
12 Conversations: A New MS Mentoring Series for Couples
The Chapter is pleased to announce 12 Conversations, a new mentoring series for couples dealing with MS. The 12-part series will focus on maintaining a healthy relationship while facing the challenges of MS together, improving communication, and enhancing problem-solving skills. Interested couples can learn more and pre-register by contacting Client Services Manager Susan Mosher at 1.312.423.1127 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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Empowered Living Marches in the Chicago Disability Pride Parade
On Saturday, July 23, Empowered Living proudly represented the movement to end MS in Chicago's annual Disability Pride Parade. Empowered Living is the Chapter's support group focused on people living with MS in their 20s and 30s--it's a great way to make friends, build your support network, and connect with others who face similar MS-related challenges. Click below to learn more and sign-up.
Learn about Empowered Living>>
Learn about the Disability Pride Parade>>
MS Youth Camp 2011 a Great Success!
In June, more than 130 campers, volunteers, and staff enjoyed MS Youth Camp 2011 at Camp Icaghowan in Amery, Wisconsin. The camp is an annual, week-long experience for 6th through 11th graders, generously made possible for the fourth year in a row through a partnership of the Greater Illinois, Minnesota, and Wisconsin chapters of the National MS Society and the Cantalupo family. The late James
Cantalupo, a former McDonald’s Corp. CEO, had a sister with MS and was a
strong National MS Society supporter. As this wonderful partnership continues, we look forward to serving more families and engaging more youth in this
life-changing program in the years that lie ahead!
Browse the MS Youth Camp page>>
Find MS Youth Camp on Facebook>>
Welcome New Tenants: Community Health Charities & the Lupus Foundation
In this time of economic challenges, the Chapter has sought to lower our operational costs wherever possible. To help accomplish this, earlier this year we explored opportunities to sublet extra space in our downtown Chicago office to other health-related nonprofits. The effort was successful and we are pleased to announce that beginning in August, the Illinois chapters of Community Health Charities and the Lupus Foundation of America will share our space with us. These two organizations do a spectacular job in their own fields. We invite you to click below to learn more about them.
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Browse the Lupus Foundation of America>>
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