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Greater Illinois Chapter staff talk about how teamwork brings us closer to a world free of MS.

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Bike MS Is One Week Away!

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

 Register now for Bike MS

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

WalkMS_Logo250Walk MS takes place in Peoria & Urbana Sunday, September 9. Now's the perfect time to register and invite people to join your Walk team!

 Register now for Walk MS

Batter Up for 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 Still Needed for Bike MS!

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We still need volunteers in key areas to help make Bike MS event weekend a success:

  • Licensed Drivers to staff our Support and Gear (SAG) vehicles. SAG volunteers are the eyes and ears of Bike MS, patrolling the route and helping riders along the way by providing water, information, assistance, and shuttle service to the nearest rest stop or back to the Start/Finish line.
  • First-Aid Certified individuals to staff our Medical Tent. Our volunteer medical-tent staff are ready to help riders who may have had a mishap on the course, or who may find the heat or course more physically challenging than expected. 

If you can help out in one of these areas, please contact Volunteer Development Manager Jocelyn Cheng at 1.312.423.1139 or jocelyn.cheng@nmss.org

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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>>

Beginning Tuesday, July 24: Success with MS Workshop Series
Free, two-part educational series for people who have been newly diagnosed with MS--or who need introductory information about their MS. (Urbana)

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Community Events

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Bloomington-Normal Walk MS Committee Fundraising Events:

  • Saturday, June 23: Rock MS
    Local band showdown and raffle cohosted by the Rockin’ Walkers, Peoria's 105.7 The X Rocks, and SAW Entertainment Events. 75% of profits & 100% of raffle proceeds to benefit the National MS Society. 
    5 p.m. to midnight | Castle Theatre, 209 E. Washington St., Bloomington, IL (map) | $15 | Inquire via email or visit the Committee's Facebook page
  • Sunday, June 24: Euchre Tournament for MS
    Euchre tournament and 50/50 drawing and raffle. Limited to first 40 participants. 50% of admission and 100% of raffle proceeds to benefit the National MS Society.
    Noon to 6 p.m. | CII East Lounge, 102 S. East Street, Bloomington, IL (map) | $20 | Inquire via email or visit the Committee's Facebook page

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One Week Left until Bike MS: Tour de Farms Rolls Through DeKalb!

Bike MS: Tour de Farms 2012 takes place in one week--on Saturday and Sunday, June 23 & 24. More than 2,300 participants have already registered for the largest charity cycling event in Illinois--but we've still got room for you! Our fully supported two-day ride with route options ranging from 15-200 miles will tour through the rolling farmland of northern Illinois--and for the first time, we'll ride through downtown DeKalb, too. After 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.

Register for Bike MS 2012>>

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First-Ever Bike MS Spin-a-Thon on Saturday, June 15

Get ready for Bike MS this weekend with the first-ever Bike MS Spin-a-Thon at Northbrook Court. Join customers and mall staff riding stationary bikes on the lower level near Macy’s on Saturday, June 15, from 7 a.m. to 9 p.m. Come cheer on Northbrook Court teams including Team Lucy, Team Lululemon Athletica, and Team S.A. Elite
as they ride to support the National MS Society. 
Support a team to receive exclusive store discounts, or sign up to ride!

Learn more & register>>


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Registration Now Open for 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 & purchase tickets>> 

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Next "Success with MS" Workshop Series for Newly Diagnosed Begins July 24 in Urbana

The Greater Illinois Chapter invites you to attend a free, two-part educational series for people who have been newly diagnosed with MS--or who need introductory information about their MS--at the Urbana Free Library in Urbana, Illinois, beginning Tuesday, July 24. This is an evening event that meets for two consecutive Tuesdays. (We ask that you attend both sessions.) Light refreshments will be provided.

Learn more & register>>

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"MS Symptoms and Their Effect on Bowel & Bladder": A Midwest Teleconference on Monday, July 9

The next monthly Midwest Teleconference Series call focuses on the interdependence of MS symptoms and bowel and bladder issues, how you can minimize bowel and bladder issues with MS, and available treatment options. Register to join this free call on Monday, July 9, at 7:00 p.m.

Learn more & register>>

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Eat at Max & Bennny's to Benefit the Chapter on Monday, July 23

On Monday, July 23, Northbrook's Max & Benny's deli will donate 10% of the cost of all eat-in and take-out orders to the Greater Illinois Chapter of the National MS Society. Drop in on July 23 and enjoy the nosh from the "Ultimate Deli Restaurant" in the Chicago area! Max & Benny's is located at 461 Waukegan Road in Northbrook (Google Map). Learn more about Max & Benny's and their browse their menu at www.maxandbennys.com.

Download the promo flyer (PDF)>>

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Fore-ward 4 a Cure: Community Fundraising Success

The Sullivan & Grieco families’ 10th annual Fore-ward 4 a Cure golf outing at the Bloomingdale Golf Club on Friday, June 1 raised $85,000 to benefit both the Greater Illinois Chapter and the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation, with 126 golfers and 300 dinner/dance participants contributing. (Download the PDF brochure.) The Chapter celebrates third-party community fundraising efforts that help move us closer to a world free of MS and thanks the Sullivan and Grieco families for their efforts. 

You, too, can plan and host a community fundraising event. Visit the Society's new Do-It-Yourself Fundraising page to learn how.

Learn about Do-It-Yourself Fundraising>>

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