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John V. Blazek, President

In this month's President's Corner video, Chapter President John V. Blazek looks back on his first year with the Chapter, and ahead to another year of successful leadership in the movement to end MS. Congratulations, John! We're honored to have you at the helm!

Watch on YouTube

And we couldn't let this marvelous milestone pass without taking a look at some humorous outtakes from the past year of President's Corner videos!

Enjoy the Blooper Reel on YouTube

Walk MS Peoria & Urbana: Time to Register & Fundraise!

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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 Elle Ullum now to reserve your marathon spot and register for Run MS! Email elle.ullum@nmss.org or call 1.312.423.1172.

Learn more about Run MS

New Volunteer Comment Line

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We're pleased to announce a new Volunteer Comment Line for anyone wishing to provide comments, compliments, or concerns regarding volunteering with the National MS Society, Greater Illinois Chapter. If you have something you'd like to share with us, please don't hesitate to call 1.312.423.1169.

Click for a complete list of 2010 chapter events.

Saturday, August 27:
5th Annual Regional Research Symposium
Learn from local experts about the latest, most promising trends in MS research
. Register online>>
East Peoria, IL

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>>
Chicago, IL

Tuesday, September 20:
Teleconference: Making Life Easier
A new Midwestern Regional Teleconference with national recognized speaker Shelley Peterman Schwarz
focusing on improving life wi
th progressive MS. Register online>>
Virtual, by phone 

Community Events

Monday, August 22:
Dave Noren Memorial Golf Outing
Golf outing and buffet dinner at Water's Edge Golf Club benefiting the National MS Society. Download flyer (PDF)>>
Worth, IL

Wednesday, August 24:
Rayna's Raindrops: One Step Closer
DJ Dance Party at the Shrine club in Chicago's South Loop benefiting the National MS Society. $20. Download flyer (PDF)>>
Chicago, IL

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The 16th Annual Fannie & Charles Penikoff Research Symposium Presented by Teva Pharmaceuticals & Pfizer

It's Research Symposium time again! Join us on Saturday, October 29 for this premiere, all-day event,  including a keynote on current treatment advances by Dr. Benjamin Segal, MD, of the University of Michigan, presentationsby local and national healthcare professionals, and a health expo sponsored by Walgreen's.

You'll also enjoy a complimentary plated luncheon to accompany the Greater Illinois Chapter Annual Meeting* and the Chapter's annual Volunteer Recognition ceremony. Did we mention it's free? We hope you can join us! 

Learn more & register>>

ILD MS Family Day at Shedd Aquarium 

MS Family Day at the Shedd Aquarium

It's time again for MS Family Day at Shedd Aquarium! The Chapter invites you and up to four guests (family members and/or a care partner) to join us for this free program at the Shedd on Saturday, September 24.  

We'll spend the whole day at the aquarium, where we'll enjoy exhibits like the brand-new "Jellies," visit the spectacular "Wild Reef," and get a chance to see the new Oceanarium show, "Fantasea." Free boxed lunches will be provided to all who attend. Click below to register. (Please note: only one registration per family.)

Register Online>>


ILD Family Day at Miller Park Zoo

MS Family Day at Miller Park Zoo

The Greater Illinois Chapter invites our constituents in Central Illinois to attend a special, free MS Family Day at Bloomington's Miller Park Zoo on Saturday, September 24. You and up to four guests (including family members and/or a care partner) can spend the entire day at the zoo with Chapter staff. It's easy to attend--just click below to register online.

Register online>>

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Meeting the Challenges of MS: A New Workshop Series for Friends & Family

We're pleased to announce a special new program, Meeting the Challenges of MS: A Workshop Series for Family and Friends. This free workshop series is geared to help care partners feel more confident in their abilities to provide support and assistance to persons with MS while taking care of their own health and well-being.

The five-week workshop begins Tuesday, September 20, in Evanston (more locations to come in the future) and will be led by a trained professional. Follow the link for more information or to register.

Learn more & register>>

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Direct Assistance Still Available for AC Units & Cooling Vests

It may be late August, but summer isn't over yet. Many people living with MS have trouble dealing with hot weather. If you're one of them, the Chapter may be able to help you secure an AC unit or a cooling vest. Call our Information Resource Center (IRC) to explore ways we may be able to help you. You can reach us right at 1.800.344.4867.

Learn more about the Information Resource Center>>

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Belinda James Won't Let MS Keep Her Down

Every month, the Greater Illinois Chapter provides advice, assistance, and support to hundreds of people living with MS in Illinois. This month, one of them would like to share her story with you. Meet Belinda James. In this short series of videos, Belinda shares how the Chapter has helped make a difference in her life. We invite you to watch all three parts.  

Watch Belinda's interview series on YouTube: Part One | Part Two | Part Three

Recent Headlines from the National MS Society:

  Information from Medtronic about possible battery issues in Synchromed® drug pumps

   Global Consortium Doubles the Number of MS Risk Genes Identified

  Positive Results Announced from Phase 2 Trial of Daclizumab

More headlines >>

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*Notice of Annual Meeting: The Greater Illinois Chapter will hold its annual membership meeting for the purposes of electing a Board of Trustees, considering the Treasurer’s report on the Chapter's accounts, and any other reports that may be presented on Saturday, October 29, 2011 beginning approximately at Noon at the Hyatt Regency O'Hare, 9300 Bryn Mawr Avenue, Rosemont, IL.

PAVE the Way: Participate | Advocate | Volunteer | Educate

 National MS Society, Greater Illinois Chapter
525 West Monroe Street, Suite 900, Chicago IL 60661
1.800.344.4867 |
MSillinois.org | MSillinois@gmail.com


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