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Watch leading MS fundraisers, volunteers, and Chapter staff discuss the importance of striving for excellence in all that we do to support our mission to end MS forever.

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Bike MS Participants: It's Time to Party!

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

Race to Stop MS is an opportunity to fundraise for a world free of MS while you participate in the third-party competitive race event of your choice.

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Volunteers: Share Your Story! 

ILD Walks MS 2011 Volunteers 2 of 3Are you or have you been a Greater Illinois Chapter volunteer? Please tell us about your volunteer story by taking this brief survey. Your answers will help inspire others to Join the Movement and we may also feature your story in future publications.  Thank you in advance for your response.

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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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Monday, September 10: MS--What a Pain

Learn what we know about pain and MS, hear updates on drugs that assist with MS pain management, and find out about alternatives to managing the pain associated with MS, on this free evening teleconference (part of the Midwest Regional Teleconference Series.) (By Phone)

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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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ILD Macy's logoMacy's Annual Shop for a Cause Fundraiser

Purchase a $5 Shopping Pass online today to use for 25% off all of your purchase in any Macy's store on Saturday, August 25. The Greater Illinois Chapter will receive 100% of the proceeds from Shopping Pass sales. Plus, you can enter to win a $500 Macy's Gift Card! Society. 

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Eat at Chili's to Benefit the Chapter

Use this voucher at any Illinois Chili's Restaurant through September 30 and 10% of your eat-in or dine-out order will be donated to the National MS Society! (Note: May not distribute voucher on restaurant property.) 

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Fear City Joins the Movement

This October, Fear City and Hades, the premiere haunted-house experiences in Morton Grove, will donate 3% of the proceeds from every ticket sold to the National MS Society.

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Peoria & Urbana: Walk MS Is Just Around the Corner!

Our fall Walk MS events in Peoria and Urbana are fast approaching on Sunday, September 9. But there's still time to register, join a team, and fundraise as we close in on our $2.7 million goal for 2012. Use the links below to learn more and register for the Walk nearest you!

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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. Expert participants will include Dennis Garwacki, MD, INI MS Center,Tamara Lott, LCPC, One Counseling and Wellness, John Pula, MD, Robert Motl, PhD, and Jacob Sosnoff, PhD. Complimentary buffet breakfast included.

Constituents in Western Illinois may also be interested in attending an Upper Midwest Chapter MS Research Symposium in Davenport, Iowa, on Thursday, September 20

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A Family Day Straight from the History Books in Central Illinois

The Greater Illinois Chapter invites you and up to three guests to attend MS Family Day at Lincoln Museum on Saturday, September 15, in Springfield. MS Family Days are free, fun social outings that offer the chance to connect with others living with MS while enjoying visits to some of the most exciting tourist attractions in Illinois. Our day of fun includes complimentary museum admission and lunch.

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An MS Family Day in the Great Outdoors

The Chapter and the Illinois Neurological Institute invite you and up to four guests to attend MS Family Day at Camp Big Sky on Saturday, September 29, in Fairview. Families will enjoy fishing, bingo, pontooning, a Tai Chi demonstration, shuffle board, prizes, and more. Complimentary lunch and beverages are included, and the camp is fully accessible.

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Introducing MS Family Focus Events!

MS Family Focus Events are new, programmed learning events aimed at families with children. They include a speaker and focus on encouraging healthy parenting and family ties in the presence of MS.

You and up to four members of your immediate family are invited to attend our debut MS Family Focus Event at Klehm Arboretum on Sunday, September 30, in Rockford. Our day of learning will include parenting tips when living with a chronic illness for adults, an arts-and-crafts activity for children, a complimentary lunch, and time to explore the arboretum together as a family. 

(Note: Guests are limited to family members with whom you share parenting responsibilities and children 7 years of age and older. All types of families are welcome!)

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Care Partners, Still Room Left to Register for "Meeting the Challenges of MS" in East Peoria

There's still space left to register 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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Coming Soon: The 17th Annual Fannie & Charles Penikoff Research Symposium

Join us on Saturday, October 20, for our free, annual event to learn about MS research and treatment trends. This year's program will feature a keynote address by Stephen L. Hauser, M.D., Robert A. Fishman Distinguished Professor and Department of Neurology Chair, UCSF, covering genetics and MS, as well as the Greater Illinois Chapter Annual Meeting*.(Registration open soon.)


Cohn Weil Memorial MS Outing an Outstanding Success

Thank you to the more than 500 participants, volunteers, and committee members who made this year’s Carol Cohn & Margie Weil Memorial MS Outing on Monday, July 9, a glowing success, and helped raise more than $535,000 for a world free of MS. We would especially like to thank Event Chair Joe Weil, for his continuing dedication and support of the Society.   

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MS Latino Outreach Continues

As part of the Chapter's ongoing effort to address the need for information about MS in the Latino community, the Chapter will have a presence at the following health fair:

  • Go Green Walk & Health Fair
    MacNeal Hospital, 3249 S. Oak Park Avenue, Berwyn (map) | Saturday, August 25 | 10 a.m.to 2 p.m. Learn more>>

In addition, a variety of MS information in Spanish appears on the Chapter's new En Español page.

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  Ampyra Post-Marketing Study Results Announced - Low dose does not improve walking: Approved dose misses primary endpoint but shows benefit in several secondary endpoints

  MS Trial Alert: Investigators Recruiting for Study of Ofatumumab in RR MS

  New Information Posted on Clinical Trials in MS

  New Studies Focus on Vitamin D and MS

  FDA Updates Prescribing Info for Ampyra to Address Risk of Seizure in Those with Reduced Kidney Function

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*Notice of Annual Meeting: The Greater Illinois Chapter will hold its annual membership meeting for the purposes of electing a Board of Trustees, considering the Treasurer’s report on the Chapter's accounts, and any other reports that may be presented on Saturday, Oct. 20, beginning approximately at Noon at the Hyatt Regency O'Hare, 9300 Bryn Mawr Avenue, Rosemont, IL.

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