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Chapter President John V. Blazek and Chapter staff review upcoming events in one of our favorite locations!

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MS Slugfest Is Two Weeks Away!

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? It's not too late!

 Register now for MS Slugfest

 Watch s special MS Slugfest Video

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

Want to Volunteer with Us? We Want You, Too! 

ILD Walk MS Group Volunteer photos 008Interested in joining the movement to end MS as a Chapter volunteer? Just visit our online volunteer application page to tell us about your skill set and explore typical volunteer tasks and responsibilities.

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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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Monday, August 13: Spasticity--What's Under Your Control Teleconference
Learn how to identify, manage, and talk to your doctor about spasticity, and learn about treatment options, on this free evening teleconference (part of the Midwest Regional Teleconference Series.) (By Phone)

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Saturday, August 25: Regional Research Symposium
Hear from experts about news and trends in MS research at this free, half-day symposium. Buffet breakfast included. (East Peoria)

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Beginning Thursday, September 20: Meeting the Challenges of MS Workshop Series
Free, five-part educational series exclusively for care partners, to help develp new problem-solving, planning, and self-care skills. (East Peoria)

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Monday, July 23: Eat at Max & Bennny's Deli
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 at 461 Waukegan Road in Northbrook (Google Map) or visit their website at www.maxandbennys.com. (Northbrook)

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Monday, July 30: snd Annual Kroeschell MS Golf Outing
Individual and foursome golf fundraiser to benefit the National MS Society, including cocktails and dinner. Sponsorship options also available. Individuals $525, Foursomes $2,000. (Kildeer)

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Hear from Donna F. Zarcone at Women on the Move on Friday, August 3

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. 

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Celebrate with Us at MS Soiree 2012 on Saturday, November 10, in Chicago

 Multiple Solutions, the Chapter's Junior Board, invites you to MS Soiree, their signature annual cocktailing, on Saturday, November 10, at the luxurious Swissotel Chicago. Enjoy a cocktail party with live music and dancing, a chef's table with gourmet specialties from 30 local chefs, a free casino night by Casino Party Professionals, a silent auction with diverse and exciting items, raffles, and door prizes--all while supporting the movement to end MS! (View a special MS Soiree Video on YouTube.)

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Bike MS: Tour de Farms 2012 a Record-Breaker!

The Chapter would like to say thank you to this year's Bike MS: Tour de Farms participants and volunteers. In June, a record-breaking more than 2,300 cyclists took to the countryside around DeKalb Illinois, and to-date have raised $1.4 million--nearly 90% of our goal! (View a special Bike MS 2012 Video on YouTube.)

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Learn "What's New In MS Research?" on Saturday, August 25, in East Peoria

Live in Central Illinois? You're invited to attend Regional Research Symposium 2012, a free, half-day discussion of MS research news and trends, on Saturday, August 25, at Par-a-Dice Hotel in East Peoria. The program will include a keynote update on treatment options by Dennis Garwacki, MD, INI MS Center, a presentation on coping with MS by Tamara Lott, LCPC, One Counseling and Wellness, and a presentation and panel discussion on vision and MS, presented and moderated by John Pula, MD, with Robert Motl, PhD, and Jacob Sosnoff, PhD. Complimentary buffet breakfast included.

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Care Partners, Boost Problem-Solving Skills at "Meeting the Challenges of MS", Beginning Thursday, September 20, in East Peoria

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 Thursday, September 20, in East Peoria and meets weekly on Thursday evenings through October 18.

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Newly Diagnosed? Ask First-Time Questions at "Success with MS", Beginning Tuesday, July 24, in Urbana

The Greater Illinois Chapter invites you to attend Success with MS, a free, two-part educational series for people who have been newly diagnosed with MS--and those who are ready to ask first-time questions about their diagnosis. The workshop series begins Tuesday, July 24 at the Urbana Free Library in Urbana. But you don't need to live in Urbana to attend--if you're within driving distance, you're welcome to register!

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Thank You, Drake!

The National MS Socity, Greater Illinois Chapter would like to express our gratitude to international recording star Drake, wose producer, Noah "40" Shebib, lives with MS, for generously donating $16,900 from his recent performance in Tinley Park to the movement to end MS. We agree with the message in this picture of Drake and Noah (to the left)--together we will end MS, someday and forever.

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Recent Headlines from the National MS Society:

  Researchers Suggest Immune B Cells from People with MS May Produce Substances That Are Toxic to Brain Cells

  Study Suggests That Interferons Did Not Reduce MS Progression

  MS Trial Alert: Drug Study at NIH Recruiting People with Secondary-Progressive MS

  Stress Management Reduces MRI-Detected Disease Activity in New Study of People with MS

  Study Identifies Possible Target of Immune Attacks in Some People with MS

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