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  Special Note: The Greater Illinois Chapter office will be closed on Monday, May 21, as a result of the NATO Summit taking place in downtown Chicago. For assistance on May 21, please call 1.800.344.4867.
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VIDEO CORNER: Spread the Word at the Water Cooler (Video)

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Around the water cooler is a great place to spread the word out about the movement to end MS. Here are a few of our favorite water cooler talking points to get you started!

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Have  You Registered for Walk MS?

WalkMS_Logo250Walk MS takes place at 11 locations across Illinois on Sunday, May 6 (Peoria & Urbana: Sunday, September 9.) If you haven't registered yet, don't worry--there's still time! 

 Register now for Walk MS

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

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 Register now for Bike MS

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

Volunteers: Take the Volunteer Survey!

ILD Walks MS 2011 Volunteers 3 of 3Are you or have you been a Greater Illinois Chapter volunteer? Please tell us about your volunteer experience by taking this brief survey. Your answers will help us improve the overall volunteer experience for others--and we thank you in advance for your input!

Take the volunteer survey>>

Click for a complete list of 2010 chapter events.

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MS Wellness Summits
Free, expert-led, half-day summits 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. 

Monday, May 14: Being Your Own Care Partner
Free teleconference with Marcia Finlayson and Kathy Preissner (Department of Occupational Therapy, University of Illinois at Chicago) discussing tips for the unique challenges of living with MS without a care partner. (By phone)

 Register online>>

Community Events

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ILD Bike MS 2012 RAM logo 2April 26: Eat at RAM to Benefit the Chapter
Eat at RAM Restaurant & Brewery, 1901 McConnor Parkway in Schaumburg (mapThursday, April 26, from 6 to 9 p.m., and 10% of every bill will be donated to the National MS Society. RSVP to Melissa Foley at melissa.foley@nmss.org.

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ILD Chili's voucher logoThrough May: Eat at Chili's to Benefit the Chapter
Eat at Chili's Illinois locations any day through May 31 and 10% of your bill will be donated to the Chapter. (Important: Do not distribute voucher on restaurant property.)

Chili's voucher (PDF)>>

ILD Walk MS 2012 CPK 1April 25 & May 30: Eat at California Pizza Kitchen to Benefit the Chapter
Bring this flyer with you to California Pizza Kitchen Chicagoland locations Wednesday, April 25, or Wednesday, May 30, from 11 a.m. to closing and 20% of your bill will be donated to the Chapter.

CPK April flyer (PDF)>>

CPK May flyer (PDF)>>

ILD Walk MS 2012 Potbelly logoOrder an MS Orange Crush at Potbelly Sandwich Shop
When you order a special MS Orange Crush shake at select Chicago and Naperville Potbelly Sandwich Shop locations, 50 cents from your bill will be donated to the Chapter. (Locations: State/Lake, Jackson/Wabash, Madison/Franklin, & Jackson/Clinton/Metra Center in Chicago | South Washington Street & Naperville Crossing in Naperville.)

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It's Time for Walk MS 2012!

The rallying point of our movement, Walk MS 2012, will take place at 11 locations throughout Illinois on Sunday, May 6. More than 12,000 walkers will participate this year making it once again one of the largest MS walks in the country. Even better, two more Walk MS events will take place in Peoria and Urbana on Sunday, September 9. Thank you to all of our walkers, volunteers, and advocates who make Walk MS a success. And if you haven’t registered yet, there’s still time!

Register for Walk MS 2012>>


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Donna F. Zarcone to Be Honored at Women on the Move 2012

Donna F. Zarcone, President and CEO of the Economic Club of Chicago, will be honored at this year’s Women on the Move Luncheon, to be held at The Ritz-Carlton Chicago on Friday, August 3. The Luncheon brings exceptional women together in a social environment and provides an opportunity for them to network and learn while raising funds to help create a world free of MS. For more information, contact Jill Robisch at jill.robisch@nmss.org. (Online ticketing opening soon.)

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Safe Patient Handling in Nursing Homes Bill Passes Both Houses Unanimously

On March 28, Greater Illinois Chapter staff and volunteers gathered in Springfield to lobby Illinois legislators on issues including Safe-Patient Handling in Nursing Homes and Gas Station Refueling Accessibility. Thanks to great work from all of our Illinois MS Activists, the Safe-Patient Handling in Nursing Homes bill passed both houses of the state legislature unanimously!

The Gas Station Refueling Accessibility Bill has now become HB4866 House Floor Amendment No. 1. Use the Action Alert link below to learn about HB4866 and send a message to your representative to ask them to support this important piece of legislation.

Browse Gas Station Refueling Accessibility Action Alert>> 

 Women on the Move The fourth annual Women on the Move lunche
MS Wellness Summit in Peru on Saturday, May 19

The Chapter will hold a free, half-day wellness summit in Peru on Saturday, May 19. 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>>


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Next "Meeting the Challenges of MS" Workshop Series for Care Partners Begins May 30 in Algonquin

Register now for the next round of our special, five-week workshop series for care partners. Learn to feel more confident in your abilities to provide support and assistance to persons with MS, while taking care of your own health and well-being. The series begins Wednesday, May 30 in Algonquin and meets weekly on Wednesday evenings through June 27.

Learn more and register online>>

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Be a Successful Community Fundraiser Like Linda Zaban

Linda Zaban, diagnosed with MS in 2000, hosted her first Zumba fundraiser February 5 at the Buffalo Grove Fitness Center. Consisting of two hours of Zumba dancing, refreshments, and a raffle, the event was a great success--attracting 220 attendees and raising $3,000 for the movement to end MS. Way to go Linda!

You can host a community fundraiser, too! Just visit our Do-It-Yourself Fundraising page for suggestions, tips, and access to the same online fundraising tools you know from Walk MS and Bike MS.

Become a Do-It-Yourself Fundraising>>

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National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day Is Saturday, April 28

The US Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) has scheduled a National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day on Saturday, April 28, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. This is a great opportunity to safely dispose of unused, unwanted, and/or expired prescription medications instead of throwing them into the regular trash--or leaving them lying around. Drop-off points include police departments throughout Illinois. Use the links below to read more about the program and find a drop-off location near you.

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Find a local collection site>>


Recent Headlines from the National MS Society:

  MS Trial Alert: Trial of Vitamin D Supplementation Recruiting People with Relapsing-Remitting MS

  Update: Canadian Government Chooses Research Team to Conduct Clinical Trial to Treat CCSVI

  Study shows hotter days may worsen the ability to perform mental tasks in some people with MS

  Sam’s Club Associates and Members Rally for MS

  MS Trial Alert: Investigators Recruiting for Study of Daclizumab HYP Delivered in Prefilled Syringe

  National MS Society-funded study suggests balance/ eye movement training improves fatigue, balance and other symptoms in people with MS

More national headlines >>

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