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John V. Blazek, President

How much do you know about MS? Test your knowledge in this month's President's Corner video game show, introduced by Chapter President John V. Blazek.

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Register for Walk MS 2012

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 Register now for Walk MS

Register Now for Bike MS: Tour de Farms 2012!

ILD Bike MS 2012 logo interimStarting now, you can register for Bike MS: Tour de Farms 2012 on Saturday & Sunday, June 23 & 24, 2012 in DeKalb! Follow the link below to join the ride.

 Register now for Bike MS

Join a Walk MS or Bike MS Committee

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Now that registration is open for 2012, we'd love you to think about joining one of our Walk MS or Bike MS committees! We’re looking for motivated people to help us plan these great events and be involved in all of our successes. For committee information, please contact Volunteer Manager Jocelyn Cheng at 312.423.1139 or jocelyn.cheng@nmss.org

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Crusin' for a Cure Raises $3,865 for MS Society

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Ben Switalski was diagnosed with MS in October 2010. Seven months later, his friends and family hosted a car show fundraiser, Cruisin’ for a Cure, in Yorkville that raised $3,865 in May 2011 for the movement to end MS. To learn how you can host your own fundraiser, check out our Community Events page, or visit our new Do It Yourself Fundraising site. And thank you to the Cruisin’ crew for a job well done!

A Great Time for Giving

[object Object]The end of the year is a great time for giving. Won't you please consider making a donation to the Society by December 31? Together we can make a difference. Click the Donate Now link at the bottom of this email or for more information contact Donor Development Specialist Jill Robisch at 1.312.423.1174 or jill.robisch@nmss.org.

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Sunday, December 4Tri-County MS Family Holiday Party

The Greater Illinois Chapter and First English Lutheran Church invite you and up to four guests to attend this free, annual event. Enjoy a complimentary dinner, entertainment, and prizes for under-15 guests! Register online>>
Peoria, IL 

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Chapter Welcomes New Board of Trustees Chair Sean Gallagher

At the Chapter's annual meeting on Saturday, October 1, Sean Gallagher was elected Chair of the Board of Trustees. Sean has been a fixture with the Chapter for some time. He's a regular Bike MS team captain and major fundraiser, and served as Vice Chairman under exiting Board Chair Chad Smith. All at the Chapter would like to extend our congratulations to Sean as we look forward to his continued service and leadership in the movement to end MS forever.

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MS Soirée Raises More than $54,000

On Saturday, November 12, theWit Hotel in downtown Chicago hosted a sell-out crowd of 450 guests for MS Soirée, the annual cocktailing evening of Multiple Solutions, the Chapter's junior board and auxiliary group. The night included delicious food and complimentary drinks, a live band, a silent auction, a free casino night, and a raffle where a lucky attendee won a six-night stay in a Maui, Hawaii condo. Many thanks to all who came. We can’t wait until next year to make it even better!

Learn more about Multiple Solutions>>

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HUD Grants Help Improve Housing for Elderly & People with Disabilities

The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) has announced $749 million in grants to nonprofit organizations across the country that produce accessible housing, offer rental assistance, and facilitate supportive services for the elderly and people with disabilities. The grants will kick start construction or major rehabilitation on more than 189 housing developments in 42 different states and Puerto Rico. To learn more, click below to read the press release.

Read the HUD press release online>>

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Study Opportunity for Women with MS

Midwestern University in Downters Grove is seeking women with MS over the age of 18 to participate in a confidential survey on the relationship between MS and sexual function. If interested, click through to download the study flyer for more information.

Download the study flyer (PDF)>>

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Would You Like to Be an MS Ambassador?

Share your story and connection to MS and raise awareness about the disease by becoming an MS Ambassador. Our volunteer MS Ambassadors represent the Greater Illinois Chapter at events and programs around the state. Training begins in January. To apply, click the link below to visit our Volunteer page and complete a volunteer application form.

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You May Be Eligible for an MS Scholarship

MS shouldn’t stand in the way of an education. That's why the National MS Society's scholarship program exists—to help highly qualified students who have been diagnosed with MS or who have a parent with MS achieve their dreams of going to college. To learn more and apply, just follow the link below.

Learn more about the MS Scholarships program>>

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Take the Tundra Challenge

Thrill seekers and fitness fanatics, blitz winter boredom and stretch your muscles with the ultimate adventure race: the Tundra Challenge! Over the weekend of January 14-15, 2012, live life a little less ordinary and tough 3.5 miles of tundra and a course of more than 15 obstacles in frosty Oconomowoc, Wisconsin. Receive a $10.00 discount on individual and group registrations by using the discount code “illinoismschapter” at registration checkout.

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Recent Headlines from the National MS Society:

  Tovaxin® (T cell vaccination) granted fast-track designation by FDA

  Researchers Recruiting African Americans with MS and Family Members Across the U.S. for Genetics Studies – Key to finding cause of MS and better treatments

  Canadian Government Seeks Proposals for Clinical Trial to Treat CCSVI – Society’s funded CCSVI researchers are among those advising the agency on protocol strategies

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