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We've accomplished a lot at the Greater Illinois Chapter in the first half of 2012. Click below for a video look at the events and advocacy issues that took center stage in the past six months.

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Peoria & Urbana: It's Time to Register for Walk MS!

WalkMS_Logo250Walk MS takes place in Peoria & Urbana Sunday, September 9. Now's the time to register and start fundraising--there's no time like the present!

 Register now for Walk MS

Bike MS Is One Month Away!

ILD Bike MS 2012 logo interimThe 31st annual Bike MS: Tour de Farms ride takes place on Saturday & Sunday, June 23 & 24 in the countryside of DeKalb, Illinois. There's still time to register--follow the link below to join the ride!

 Register now for Bike MS

Batter Up at MS Slugfest!

ILD MS2 Slugfest logo new narrowMS Slugfest is a coed, 16-inch softball tournament benefiting the Greater Illinois Chapter taking place Saturday, August 4 in Chicago's Mt. Greenwood Park. Want to form a team and play? Click below to learn more.

 Register now for MS Slugfest

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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Beginning Wednesday, May 30: Meeting the Challenges of MS--Providing Support through Problem Solving
Developed by Marcia Finlayson, Ph.D., OT, OTR/L, this free, five-week workshop is geared to help care partners of people with MS feel more confident in their abilities while taking care of their own health. (Algonquin)

Register online>>

Monday, June 11: Give Yourself a Hand--Tools for Everyday Life
Free teleconference discussing the use of mobility and assistive devices to make life with MS easier and safer. (By phone)

Register online>>

Saturday, June 30: MS Wellness Summit
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. (Orland Park)

 Register online>>

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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 when you present the voucher linked below. (Important: Do not distribute voucher on restaurant property.)

Chili's voucher (PDF)>>

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

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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Bike MS: Tour de Farms Rolls Through DeKalb in June

Bike MS: Tour de Farms 2012 takes place on Saturday and Sunday, June 23 & 24. That's just around the corner! More than 2,100 participants have already registered for the largest charity cycling event in Illinois--but we've still got room for you.

Bike MS: Tour de Farms is a fully supported two-day ride with route options ranging from 15-200 miles. We'll tour through the rolling farmland of northern Illinois--and for the first time, we'll ride through downtown DeKalb, too. Following Saturday’s ride, enjoy food, Goose Island 312, and the music of premier Chicago cover band Mike and Joe! Shuttle service between Chicago & DeKalb also available.

Interested? Use the link below to register today, and we'll see you on the ride!

Register for Bike MS 2012>>


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Walk MS: Spring Success, Heading to Peoria & Urbana in September

Thank you to all of the walkers, donors, advocates and volunteers who helped to make our spring Walk MS a success. More than 12,000 of you participated on May 6, making ours once again one of the largest Walk MS events in the country.

Peoria & Urbana residents, your chance to walk is coming up on Sunday, September 9. Use the link below to register now, then start forming teams and fundraising. With your support, we’ll reach our 2012 goal of raising $2.7 million to benefit the more than 20,000 people affected by MS in Illinois. 

Register for Walk MS Peoria & Urbana>>

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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. 

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>>

Women on the Move The fourth annual Women on the Move lunche MS Wellness Summit in Orland Park on Saturday, on Saturday, June 30

The Chapter will hold a free, half-day wellness summit in Orland Park on Saturday, June 30. 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>>


Recent Headlines from the National MS Society:

  Latest results about emerging MS therapies, risk factors, disease mechanisms, rehabilitation, CCSVI, and much more presented at AAN Meeting

  UPDATE: U.S. FDA and European Medicine Agency Update Prescribing Recommendations for Gilenya to Better Manage Potential Heart Risks at the Time the First Dose Is Taken

  Small Study Reports Benefit of Marijuana on MS Spasticity

  Speeding Clinical Trials for People with Progressive MS: Outcomes Published from an International Workshop on MS Disability Measurement Tools

  FDA Issues Safety Communication About Procedures to Treat CCSVI in People with MS

More national headlines >>

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