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John V. Blazek, President

In this month's humorous President's Corner video, Chapter President John V. Blazek talks about the latest Chapter activities while introducing the staff working hard behind the scenes for a world free of MS.

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Walk MS & Bike MS 2012: Registration Opens Soon!

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Thanks to you, in 2011 Walk MS raised more than $2.4 million and the 30th anniversary Bike MS: Tour de Farms raised more than $1.4 million for a world free of MS! Now, we're getting ready for 2012. Registration for next year's events begins on Saturday, October 1. So check the Walk MS & Bike MS websites in October for your chance to register for 2012! 

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Tuesday, October 18:
Tri-County Pizza Party
The Greater Illinois Chapter and the Knights of Columbus invite you and up to four guests to attend this free, annual event in the Peoria area. Enjoy complimentary pizza and soft drinks, lively music--and prizes! Register online>>
Morton, IL 

Saturday, October 29:
16th Annual Fannie & Charles Penikoff Research Symposium
Our signature yearly gathering. Learn from experts about the latest, most promising trends in MS research. Includes health expo, breakout session, Chapter volunteer awards, annual meeting. Breakfast & lunch provided.
Register online>>
Rosemont, IL

Community Events

Thursday, September 29:
Melrose Muscle Therapy Anniversary
Anniversary celebration and community fundraiser with raffle, bake sale, and chair massage benefiting the National MS Society. Download flyer (PDF)>>
Melrose Park, IL

Friday, October 7:
Barry Farnam MS Charity Golf Classic
Charity golf tournament and dinner benefiting the National MS Society. $560 per foursome/$95 per person golf only/$55 per person dinner only. Learn more>>
Huntley, IL

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Heart & Soul Soar at Dinner of Champions 2011

The Greater Illinois Chapter extends our thanks to presenting sponsor McDonald's and the hundreds of passionate supporters of the movement to end MS who made Dinner of Champions 2011 a great success! The event honoring McDonald's CEO Jim Skinner took place Thursday, September 15, in the Grand Ballroom at Navy Pier.

Special guests including Meredith Vieira and Richard Cohen, comedian Tom Dreeson, National MS Society chief research officer Tim Coetzee, Ph.D., the Chicago Soul Children, and ABC 7's Kathy Brock, the evening's mistress of ceremonies, helped the spirit of the evening soar. Our is truly a movement with heart. The sense of shared purpose was powerful all evening. Thanks again to all who attended and all who made this wonderful event possible. See you next year!

(Event photos will be available on the Chapter's Picasa account beginning in October.)

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

Join us on Saturday, October 29 for our premiere yearly gathering! Come hear a keynote on current treatment advances by Dr. Benjamin Segal, MD, of the University of Michigan, and presentations by local and national healthcare professionals. You'll also enjoy breakfast and lunch, a health expo sponsored by Walgreen's, the Chapter's annual Volunteer Recognition ceremony, and more. And it's all free! Click below to reserve your seat today.

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A Wonderful Walk MS in Peoria & Urbana

More than 3,000 Walk MS participants in Peoria & Urbana helped us raise nearly $150,000 for the movement to end MS on Sunday, September 11. Thank you all! Together with the 11,000 participants from our 11 walks on May 1, so far we've raised more than $2.4 million for the movement to end MS. Keep up the good work--you can fundraise and submit donations through Friday, September 30 

Browse the Walk MS website>>

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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 elle.ullum@nmss.org or call 1.312.423.1172. 

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Click here to learn about volunteering. 

Introducing Our New Volunteer Comment Line

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.

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