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Here at the Greater Illinois Chapter, we have core values that guide our work in the movement to end MS. Learn about them in this month's video.

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Come Walk with Us

WalkMS_Logo250It's time to register for Walk MS, taking place across Illinois on Sunday, May 6 (Peoria & Urbana: Sunday, September 9)! Click below to learn more and sign up.

 Register now for Walk MS

Accept the Tour de Farms Challenge

ILD Bike MS 2012 logo interimRegistration is open for the 31st annual Bike MS: Tour de Farms, taking place on Saturday & Sunday, June 23 & 24 in DeKalb! Follow the link below to join the ride.

 Register now for Bike MS

MS Ambassador Training Beginning Soon

ILD MS Ambassador logoShare 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. To apply, click the link below to visit our Volunteer page and complete a volunteer application form. Training begins soon.

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You Can Be an MS Activist

ILD We Are MS ActivistsJoin the Greater Illinois Chapter in our year-round advocacy efforts by becoming an MS Activist. You will receive regular email updates and occasional Advocacy Alerts asking you to contact your elected officials on specific issues. The Chapter's key issues for 2012 include Safe Patient handling in Nursing Homes and Gas Station Accessibility. For more information or to become an MS Activist, use the below links.

Learn more about priority issues>>

Sign-up to be an MS Activist>>

Click for a complete list of 2010 chapter events.

Wednesdays, February 8 & 15: Success with MS
Free workshop series for people who have been newly diagnosed with MS--or who need introductory information about their MS. (

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Monday, February 15: What About Progressive MS? Free teleconference with Dorothy Northrop, MSW, ACSW, National MS Society Vice President of Research and Clinical Operations, discussing research and what the Society is doing to address the needs of people with progressive MS. (By phone)

 Register online>> 

Community Events

Midwest Indoor Tri-Classic Race Series
Mini-triathlon series benefiting the National MS Society, includes 10-minute swim, 20-minute stationary bike ride, and 15-minute run on an indoor track. Fees range from $40 to $100. Dates & locations:

  • Sunday, January 29 | Wheaton
  • Sunday, February 12 | Glen Ellyn
  • Sunday, February 26 | Woodridge 

 Learn more & register online>>

Saturday, March 10: Crop for a Cause
Scrapbooking fundraiser and silent auction to benefit the National MS Society. Free. For more info or to register, see flyer. (Roselle)

Download flyer (PDF)>>

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Meeting the Challenges of MS: A Workshop Series for Care Partners

The Greater Illinois Chapter invites care partners to attend a free five-week workshop series geared to help them 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 series begins Saturday, March 10 in Orland Park, and meets weekly on Saturday mornings through April 14. (Note: No meeting April 7.) 

Learn more & register>>

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Come to MS Carnivale!

Tickets are now available to purchase for the 10th annual MS Carnivale in East Peoria on Friday, March 16, at the Par-a-Dice Casino. More than 600 guests are expected to bask in the revelry and savor the flair of a New Orleans celebration, which will include musicians, entertainers, a raffle, a silent auction, and French Quarter-style fare. Plus, this year parking is complimentary--with no voucher required!

Learn more & purchase tickets>>

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Multiple Solutions Pub Crawl a Big Success

Thank you to the hundreds of people who participated in the Multiple Solutions Pub Crawl on Saturday, January 7, up and down Chicago's Southport Avenue! This year's event raised more than $6,800 to benefit the Greater Illinois Chapter and the 20,000 people affected by MS across Illinois whom we serve. For more information about Multiple Solutions, our junior board, click below.

Learn about Multiple Solutions>>

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An MS Support Group Empowered by Social Media

Empowered Living is a social media-based support group for individuals in their 20s and 30s living with MS. Facebook and email keeps members connected day-to-day, and regular meetings provide the opportunity to share experiences, ask questions, and discuss life with MS face-to-face. Click below to learn more and sign-up. (Note: pre-screening required.)

Learn more & register>>

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Study Participation Opportunity for Women with MS

Midwestern University in Downers 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. For more information or to participate, click below to download the study flyer.

Download the study flyer (PDF)>>

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Many Ways to Get Online Updates from the Greater Illinois Chapter

Did you know that you don't have to wait for eConnection to learn about Chapter activites? We post regular updates about new and noteworthy programs, services, and events on our Facebook and Twitter accounts, as well as in our news feed.

We also post all new programs and events on the Chapter homepage. In addition, we post event photos to our Picasa account and Chapter videos to our YouTube account. (But don't worry, if print is what you prefer, we still offer our quarterly mailed newsletter, MS Connection.)

If you have any comments or suggestions regarding Chapter websites and social media, please contact Michael Doyle, Online Communications Coordinator, at michael.doyle@nmss.org

Recent Headlines from the National MS Society:

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  European Medicines Agency Commences Safety Review of Gilenya

  National MS Society Convenes Summit to Explore Vitamin D Trials to Prevent MS

  MS Trial Alert: Investigators Recruiting for Studies Comparing Ocrelizumab to Rebif® in People with Relapsing MS

  Sam’s Club Fundraiser to Benefit Society

  Study Offers Insight on How Epstein-Barr Virus May Play a Role in MS

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