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 Chicago in Orange!

ILD MS Awareness Week downtown Chicago 2010

 With MS Awareness Week 2011 fast approaching (March 7-13 in Illinois), we thought a video of iconic Chicago buildings glowing orange during last year's Awareness Week would be just the thing to help get us all in the spirit. (Look for an orange skyline this year, too!)

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Get Moving to End MS

Walk MS 2011 and Bike MS: Tour de Farms 2011 are mere weeks away! Now is the time to register or form a team and join the Movement to end MS!

 Register for Walk MS

 Register for Bike MS 

MS Carnivale Around Corner on March 11 ILD MS Carnivale 2011 Jester logo

There's still time to purchase tickets for Peoria's 9th annual MS Carnivale, an always-popular Mardi Gras celebration to educate, entertain, and fundraise for MS research.  

Buy MS Carnivale Tickets

 Act Fast! Run MS 2011 Registration Filling Up 

If you'll be running in this year's Bank of America Chicago Marathon, consider participating as a 2011 Run to Stop MS runner. Registration is open and slots are going fast! Last year, 41 runners participated, raising more than $44,000 for a world free of MS

 Register for Run MS 2011

Play Ball at the Bulls' Home Court   ILD MS Half Court Classic small banner

Lace up your kicks for the MS Half Court Classic, a coed, four-on-four, charity tournament on the Chicago Bulls’ United Center home court Saturday, April 2. Just five players make a team--and all skill levels are welcome! For more information, please contact Jeneane Ally at 312.423.1154 or jeneane.ally@nmss.org 

Click for a complete list of 2010 chapter events.

Wednesday, March 9 & Wednesday, March 16
Success with MS: A two-day workshop for the newly diagnosed.
Northbrook, IL

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

Saturday, March 12
Crop for a Cause: Charity scrapbook night & silent auction to benefit the National MS Society.
Roselle, IL

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Governor Quinn & Mayor Daley Proclaim MS Awareness Week 2011
Illinois Governor Pat Quinn and Chicago Mayor Richard M. Daley have officially proclaimed MS Awareness Week 2011. Click through to download and read the official proclamations!

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MS Awareness Week Is March 7-13 in Illinois
The Greater Illinois Chapter will mark MS Awareness Week 2011 with a variety of engaging activites, including another year of downtown Chicago glowing orange to raise awareness. Download online banners & wallpapers and visit the Chapter's Awareness Week page for full details.

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We Want Your Videos: What Does MS= to You?
This year for MS Awareness Week, the National MS Society wants to know: What does MS= to you? Post a video (up to a minute in length) to your YouTube page answering the question and send us the link!
 Video links received in March may appear on the Chapter website and be favorited from the Chapter YouTube page, and everyone who sends a link will be entered to win two tickets to a major Chapter event later this year. Send your videos to Mark Woods at mark.woods@nmss.org with the subject line “MS=video".

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New Resources for Care Partners Debut
Being a Care Partner for a loved one with MS can be an emotionally, physically, and financially challenging experience. This month, the Greater Illinois Chapter debuts our first-ever dedicated web page of resources to help Care Partners be better prepared for the road ahead. Learn more on the new Partners on the Journey: Resources for Care Partners page.

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Registration Open for Newly Diagnosed Learning Program
Registration is open for "Success with MS," a free, two-day, in-person learning program for those newly diagnosed with MS beginning Wednesday, March 9. Register now to learn about MS facts, available treatments,
how to talk with family and friends, and more. (If you can't be with us in person, check out the Chapter's Knowledge Is Power home-learning course.)

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Thank you, Phil Keoghan!
Hundreds of people joined "Amazing Race" host Phil Keoghan in Chicago on Thursday, February 10, for the local premiere of "The Ride," a documentary about his amazing, 40-day bike ride from LA to NYC, which raised $500,000 for the movement to end MS. Thank you, Phil, for raising awareness for MS, and to all who attended!

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Cantalupo Youth Camp 2011 Dates Announced
Join us again for the James Cantalupo Growth and Empowerment Camp June 20-25 in Amery, Wisconsin. This marks our fourth year collaborating with the Society’s Minnesota and Wisconsin chapters on the popular overnight camping experience for 5th through 10th graders. Online registration opens March 1 on the Cantalupo Camp web page.

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"It's Double Time" MS Lottery Ticket Returns for 2011
The Chapter is pleased to unveil the 2011 "It's Double Time" Illinois Lottery instant-win ticket, debuting March 7, with all net proceeds going to MS research. Since 2008, the Chapter's instant-win tickets have raised more than $3.9 million for local MS research grants! See the new ticket and read about past grantees on the Chapter's "It's Double Time" Lottery Ticket page.


Latest Headlines from the National MS Society:

New Guidelines for the Use of Plasma Exchange Therapy in MS

Risk of Having a First Neurologic Event is Decreased with Increased Sun Exposure and Higher Blood Levels of Vitamin D, Society-Supported Australian Study Suggests

MS Trial Alert: Investigators Recruiting for Study Comparing Exercise Programs to Improve Depression

Research Teams Report Progress from First Six Months of Two-Year Projects Focusing on CCSVI & MS

Nerve Repair Teams Convened to Share Exciting Progress & Plan Next Steps

More headlines >>

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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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