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Learn more about the Greater Illinois Chapter's core value of leadership in this month's e-Connection video.

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Have  You Registered for Walk MS?

WalkMS_Logo250It's time to register and fundraise 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

Let's See You on the Tour de Farms Ride!

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 Register now for Bike MS

Still Time to Register for MS Half Court Classic

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We're taking over the court at the United Center, home of the famous Chicago Bulls, on Saturday, March 24, for MS Half Court Classic--our annual co-ed, 4-on-4 basketball tournament to benefit the National MS Society!

 Register now for MS Half Court Classic

If You're Racing...Race to Stop MS!

ILD Race to Stop MS 2012 logoIf you're already registered for the Bank of America Chicago Marathon or any other racing event, you can race on behalf of the National MS Society as a participant in Race to Stop MS!

 Register now for Race to Stop MS

NEW: Apply to Volunteer Online

ILD Walk MS Group Volunteer photos 008Interested in joining the movement to end MS as a Chapter volunteer? Just in time for MS Awareness Month, now you can apply to be a volunteer online!

Browse the Volunteer Online Application Page>>

Click for a complete list of 2010 chapter events.

Saturdays, April 5 & 12: Success with MS
Free, two-part educational series for people who have been newly diagnosed with MS, or who need introductory information about their MS. (UIC Hosiptal, Chicago)

 Register online>> 

Monday, April 9: Maximizing Your Physical Therapy for Optimum Benefit
Free teleconference with Dr. Deborah Silkwood-Sherer, Physical Therapist, Central Michigan University, discussing how to get the most out of your physical therapy appointments, how to maximize your insurance coverage of physical therapy, and ideas for exercises you can do safely at home. (By phone)

 Register online>>

Wednesday, April 11: MS Open House
Free Open House to learn about multiple sclerosis and the vareity of services and support available for people living with MS and their families(Danville)

 Register online>>

Saturday, April 21: MS Wellness Summit
Free,expert-led, half-day summit to help people living with MS and their families develop more confidence in their abilities to understand and learn about wellness with MS through research, nutrition, exercise, and gentle moments. (Springfield)

 Register online>>

Community Events

March through May: Eat at Chili's to Benefit the Greater Illinois Chapter
Download this special voucher and present it at any Chili's restaurant in Illinois from March 1 to May 31 and 10% of your eat-in or takeaway bill will be donated to the Greater Illinois Chapter! (Statewide)

Download Chili's voucher (PDF)>>

March 26-29: The Tribes Alehouse & Grill Fundraiser
Eat at The Tribes Alehouse & Grill from March 26-29 for lunch or dinner  and a portion of your bill will be donated back to the Greater Illinois Chapter when you mention the National MS Society. (Mokena)

Download event flyer (PDF)>>

March 31-April 6: Miles for MS
Solo charity bike ride from East Dubuque to Cairo to benefit the National MS Society.

Browse MilesForMS.com>>

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"Mission Move" MS Lottery Ticket Now on Sale

The Greater Illinois Chapter's $3 “Mission Move” instant-win Illinois Lottery ticket is now on sale across Illinois for the fifth year in a row. The ticket will be available for approximately six months and all proceeds from its sale will benefit research initiatives of the National MS Society. Check your local lottery retailer now!

Browse the MS Lottery Ticket page>>

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Announcing New "En Español" Page on Chapter Website

Thanks to a renewed grant from the Healthcare Foundation of Highland Park, the Chapter has been able to extend its reach and awareness within the Illinois Latino community including the creation of a variety of bi-lingual promotional materials, ads in Spanish-language newspapers, and a professional education program for the entire Lake County Health Department (coming in April.) As part of our commitment to the Latino community, we are pleased to announce the creation of our first-ever "En Español" page of resources--written in Spanish for Spanish speakers. 

Browse the En Español page >>

Success with MS

Popular Success with MS Workshop Series Continues Saturday, April 5 in Chicago

The next round of the Chapter's popular Success with MS educational series begins Saturday, April 5, in Chicago. This free workshop is for the newly diagnosed, as well as individuals needing to ask first-time questions about their MS.

Learn more & register>>

Women on the Move The fourth annual Women on the Move lunche

MS Wellness Summit in Springfield on Saturday, April 21

The Chapter will hold a free, half-day wellness summit in Springfield on Saturday, April 21. Experts including Rob Motl, PhD, University of Illinois, Kim McClintic, MS, RD, OSF Healthcare, Erin Kennedy, MS, PT, OSF Healthcare, and Atsuko Cummins, Tai Chi Instructor, Taoist Tai Chi Society, will help people living with MS and their families develop more confidence in their abilities to understand and learn about wellness with MS.  

Learn more & register>>

ILD We Are MS Activists

MS Action Day Is Wednesday, March 28

On March 28, Greater Illinois Chapter staff and volunteers will gather in Springfield to lobby Illinois legislators on issues including physical accessibility to medical exams and diagnostic treatment equipment in nursing homes, and gas station accessibility. For the second year in a row, we will also provide virtual opportunities to participate from home via phone and web.

Browse the MS Action Day page>>

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Dine to End MS Continues through April

To commemorate MS Awareness month, when you visit any of these participating establishments through April, you will have the opportunity to donate to the Society via cash or credit card at the end of your meal. Any amount that you decide can be added to your final bill, tax free, and paid for in one transaction:

Avec | Big Star | Bistronomic | Blackbird | Club Lucky | Downtown | The Drawing Room | Longman & Eagle | The Publican | Publican Quality Meats | Red Hen (all 3 locations) | Vie | The Violet Hour

Browse the Dine to End MS page>>

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Chapter Staff, Activists Attend National Public Policy Conference

Chapter staff and volunteer activists attended the annual National MS Society Public Policy Conference in Washington, D.C., March 5-7, to discuss the latest federal policy issues and to lobby Congress for increased funding for MS research. Pictured here is the Illinois delegation in the rotunda of the U.S. Capitol building. 

Browse the Public Policy Conference archive on the National MS Society blog>>

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New "Quality Care for People with MS" Trainings

Seven recently-trained health educators will conduct Providing Quality Care to People with MS service trainings in facilities throughout Illinois that will provide specialized training to care staff. In addition, residents at these facilities will be asked if they would like to be contacted by a volunteer for friendly visits or supportive phone calls.

Browse support resources for care partners>>

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Another Successful MS Carnivale!

On Friday, March 16, 500 guests enjoyed New Orleans flair and a rocking good time at the 10th annual MS Carnivale at Par-a-Dice Hotel in East Peoria. Thank you to all who attended. We look forward to seeing you again next year.


Recent Headlines from the National MS Society:

  Study Suggests Need for Further Research on Understanding the MS Experience of Hispanics/Latinos

  75% of Family Caregivers of Someone with Multiple Sclerosis say Respite Care Would Significantly Help in Caring for their Loved One at Home

  Study: Woman’s Risk of Having a First Neurologic Event, Which Often Leads to MS, Decreased with Increased Number of Pregnancies

  Fast Forward and Concert Pharmaceuticals Announce Collaboration to Advance Novel Treatment for Spasticity and Pain in MS

  Biogen Idec Applies to FDA for Approval of BG-12 to Treat MS

  Results Reported in Phase II Clinical Trial of Oral Firategrast for Relapsing MS

More national headlines >>

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1.800.344.4867 | MSillinois.org | MSillinois@gmail.com


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