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 ILD eConnection Banner January 2011

President's Corner

John V. Blazek, PresidentIn this month's President's corner video, Greater Illinois Chapter President John V. Blazek looks forward to a new year of events, advocacy work, and research, moving us closer to a world free of MS.

 Click to watch: Watch the January 2011 President's Corner video on YouTube


Get Moving in the New Year: Register Now!


Registration is now open for our signature events, so you can join or form a Walk MS or Bike MS: Tour de Farms 2011 team today and be one of the thousands of people in Illinois moving forward together to end MS!

 Register for Walk MS

 Register for Bike MS 

Carnivale in March

Peoria Carnivale 2011

On Friday, March 11, Peoria will host its 9th annual MS Carnivale, a Mardi Gras-themed event to educate, entertain, and fundraise for MS research. Click through to learn more and buy tickets online.Buy tickets for Peoria's Carnivale 2011

MS Stairclimb 2012


Our popular MS Stairclimb event will return in 2012. If you would like to help plan next year's event, please contact Jeneane Ally at 312.423.1154 or jeneane.ally@nmss.org.

Click for a complete list of 2010 chapter events.

Monday, February 14
Midwest Teleconference Series: Clinical Trials & Research on the Horizon
Virtual (by phone)

Monday March 14 through Sunday, March 20
MS Awareness Week: Local details soon!
Multiple Locations

Click for a complete list of community-driven events connected to our cause.

Saturday, March 12
Crop for a Cause: A charity scrapbook night and silent auction.
Roselle, IL

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Pam Johnson ABC 7 story

New Law Cracks Down on Accessible Parking Violators
Pam Johnson is one of many MS Activists who helped win the passage of a new Illinois law that strengthens penalties to property owners who fail to keep their accessible parking aisles and spaces clear. Click through to learn about the their efforts and view coverage from Chicago's ABC 7.Learn more about new parking accessibility legislation

Run to stop MS

Run to Stop MS 2011: Registration Now Open
Last year, 41 Run to Stop MS runners participated in the Bank of America Chicago Marathon, raising more than $44,000 in the movement for a world free of MS. If you'll be running in this year's marathon, we ask that you consider participating as a 2011 Run to Stop MS runner. Registration opens February 1.Preview the RunMS registration page (note: register beg. Feb 1)

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Expanded Resources for Partners on the Journey
This year, the National MS Society is launching expanded resources for individuals who provide support or assistance to family members or friends with MS. The new effort, "Partners on the Journey," includes discussion groups and workshops to help care partners manage better, destress, and feel better able to help.Read more about the "Partners on the Journey" initiative


New Six-Week Class for Care Partners
As part of the Society's renewed emphasis on care partners, our Chapter and the Greater Illinois Chapter of the Alzheimer’s Association are co-sponsoring “Powerful Tools for Caregivers,” a six-week class beginning Wednesday, February 9, to help caregivers (another term for care partners) provide proper care while staying healthy themselves. Click through to learn more and register.
Register for "Powerful Tools for Caregivers" class

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Studying the Effects of Exercise on MS
The Exercise Neuroscience Laboratory on the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign campus has ongoing, funded research projects examining exercise behavior and its beneficial consequences in persons with MS. If you're interested in learning more about their ongoing research projects or being a participant, please contact the lab at 217.244.1191 or exerciseneurolab@gmail.com.
Visit the U of I Exercise Neuroscience homepage

Golden Circle

More than Half a Million Dollars Raised
The Chapter began the second year of our Golden Circle individual giving campaign with 354 new members and an amazing total of $543,957 in donations. Golden Circle membership offers exclusive benefits to donors pledging annual gifts of $1,000 or more. Click through to learn more or become a member yourself
Explore Golden Circle membership

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Your Story Can Help Expand Physical Therapy & Accessibility Legislation
We need your testimonials to help us advocate for the expansion of physical therapy and accessibility legislation in Illinois. If you're having trouble getting private insurance or Medicare to cover your physical therapy, or face physical access challenges regarding medical exams or diagnostic and treatment equipment, please click through to contact our advocacy manager, Jocelyn Cheng.
Connect with Jocelyn Cheng on our Advocacy page


In the News:

 MS Trial Alert: Investigators Recruiting for Study of Results of Switching Therapies in MS

 Safety Alert: Certain Alcohol Pads/Swabs Recalled by FDA -- anyone taking injectable medication check package to see if they were made by Triad Group

 Researchers Report MS-Related Gene in More Women than Men

 MS Trial Alert: Investigators Recruiting for Study of Oral Experimental Drug in Relapsing-Remitting MS

 New York Times Article: Wanted: A National Respite System

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