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  Breaking News! The FDA has approved Oral Teriflunomide–Brand Name Aubagio®–as a disease-modifying therapy for relapsing MS. Read the news item>>
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In this month's humourous video, our students videographers from IADT Chicago pitch Chapter staff on ways to cleverly communicate our exciting upcoming events.

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Coming Soon: A Brand-New Website for Walk MS!

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The National MS Society has redesigned the Walk MS website to make it simpler and easier to use. Check back on Monday, October 1 to see the new site and register for Walk MS 2013.

Visit the Walk MS website>>


Bike MS 2013 Registration Opens October 14

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Visit the Bike MS website>>

New Volunteer Facebook Group! 

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Are you Chapter volunteer or interested in being one? We invite you to connect with other volunteers and learn about upcoming opportunities by joining our new Chapter Volunteer Facebook Group! 

Join the Volunteer Facebook Group>>


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Saturday, September 29: MS Family Day at Camp Big Sky

ILD Camp Big Sky logo croppedThe Chapter and the Illinois Neurological Institute invite you and up to four guests to 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. (Fairview)

Register online>>


Sunday, September 30: MS Family Focus Event at Klehm Arboretum

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Register online>>


Monday, October 15: Tri-County Pizza Party

You and up to four guests are invited to our free, 16th annual Tri-County Pizza Party at the Kinghts of Columbus Hall in Morton (near Peoria.) Enjoy complimentary pizza and soft drinks accompanied by lively music and prizes! (Morton)

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Tuesday, October 23: MS Open House

 Learn about multiple sclerosis and discover the many programs, services, events, and support resources available through the National MS Society. (Ottawa)

Register online>>


Coming Soon: A New Year of Midwest Teleconferences!

A new year of Midwest Teleconferences is coming soon! Check back on Monday, September 24 to register for the debut October teleconference. The full year of teleconference will be available for registration in mid-October. (By Phone)

Browse the Midwest Teleconference Series page>>


Community Events

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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.) 

Download voucher (PDF)>>


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.

Browse the Fear City website>>


It's Time for the 17th Annual Fannie & Charles Penikoff Research Symposium!

Join us on Saturday, October 20, for our free, premiere 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 our annual Volunteer Awards Luncheon and the Greater Illinois Chapter Annual Meeting*.

Learn more & register>>


Chapter to Honor Northern Trust Chairman & CEO Rick Waddell at Annual Dinner of Champions

On Thursday, October 25, the National MS Society, Greater Illinois Chapter will honor Rick Waddell & Northern Trust at our 23rd Annual Dinner of Champions event at the Four Seasons Hotel in Chicago. The evening will include a reception, dinner, and an informative program featuring Bruce Bebo, Ph.D., the National MS Society's Associate Vice President of Discovery Research, as well as an entertainment program.

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Celebrate at MS Soiree on Saturday, November 10

Multiple Solutions, the Chapter's Junior Board, invite you to attend their annual cocktailing event on Saturday, November 10, at the luxurious Swissotel Chicago! Enjoy live music and dancing, a chef's table, a free casino night, a silent  auction, and exciting raffle and  door prizes--including a drawing to win a stay at a condo in Maui! Purchase tickets now, or be on the lookout for a special Groupon promotion in the coming weeks.

Learn more & purchase tickets>>


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National MS Society Scholarship Program Accepting New Applications on October 1

Applications for National MS Society Scholarship Program 2013 awards will be available on the Society's Scholarship Program page beginning Monday, October 1. The program offers financial assistance to highly qualified high school seniors for post-secondary education.

In addition, from now through Friday, October 26, Bimbo will donate five cents from every participating bread product purchased at nationwide Sam’s Club locations to the Society scholarship program

Learn more on the Society's Scholarship Program page>>


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New Educational Program from Our Partners

The Mayo Clinic and North Shore University Health System, in collaboraton with the Greater Illinois Chapter, will present an educational program, Innovations and Treatment Options for Multiple Sclerosis, on Saturday, November 3, at the Renaissance Hotel in Northbrook. The program includes expert presentation from Afif Hentati, MD, and Susan M. Rubin, MD, from NorthShore University Health System, and Mark W. Christopherson, MD, and Claudia F. Lucchinetti, MD, from Mayo Clinic

Learn more & register>>


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MS Aquatics Program Instructor Training

Training for MS Aqautics Program instructors will take place Saturday, November 3 at the Palos Health and Fitness Center in Orland Park. For more information, contact Coleen Friedman at coleen.friedman@nmss.org or 312.423.1129


Recent Headlines from the National MS Society:

  Results published of successful phase III trials of oral BG-12 for relapsing MS

  FDA Approves Oral Teriflunomide – Brand Name Aubagio® – as Disease-Modifying Therapy for Relapsing MS

  MS Societies Worldwide Collaborate to Stop MS Progression – “The time is right for concerted action”

  Bimbo Bakeries USA Back to School Promotion to Benefit Society’s Scholarship Fund

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

More headlines >>


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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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 National MS Society, Greater Illinois Chapter
525 West Monroe Street, Suite 900, Chicago IL 60661
1.800.344.4867 | MSillinois.org | MSillinois@gmail.com


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