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To mark MS Awareness Month, we've put together a video asking several people to answer the important question: What does MS= to you?

Watch the new video

Now we'd like to know what you think. Send us the link to your one-minute YouTube video answering the question, and be entered to win two tickets to a major Chapter event later this year. Send your video links to mark.woods@nmss.org.

It's Time to Register for 2011 Events!
Our signature fundraising events are coming up fast, and we want you to be a part of them--so if you haven't yet, click below and register today!

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On Sunday, May 1, people across Illinois will walk for a world free of MS. Click through to find a Walk MS location near you!

 Register for Walk MS

Bike MS: Tour de Farms LogoThe 30th Anniversary Bike MS: Tour de Farms gets rolling on Saturday, June 25. It's a two-day ride for MS research, and the only thing missing is you!

 Register for Bike MS  

ILD MS Half Court Classic narrow logoOr how about lacing up your kicks for the MS Half Court Classic? It's a coed, 4-on-4, charity tournament on the Chicago Bulls’ United Center home court Saturday, April 2. Five players make a team and all skill levels are welcome!

 Register for Half Court Classic

Event Participants: Please Re-Send Your Fundraising Emails

ILD exclamation point signWe've heard from registered participants of Walk MS and MS Half Court Classic that the fundraising emails to send to friends and family from your Participant Centers contained broken links. We apologize for any inconvenience this has caused you. We have now re-written the letters and fixed the links. If you've already sent out your fundraising emails, we ask that you please send them out again to make sure your friends and family have a chance to sponsor you. To do so, just visit your Participant Center. Thank you.

Walk MS Needs Volunteers!

ILD Volunteer Hands RaisedThis year, the Chapter has fewer volunteers than usual to help make Walk MS happen. If you can volunteer in the Chapter's downtown Chicago office between now and May 1--or if you can volunteer on May 1 at your local walk site, please email volunteer coordinator Jocelyn Cheng at jocelyn.cheng@nmss.org.

Click for a complete list of 2010 chapter events.

Monday, April 11
Know Your Rights Part II--Taking Control of Your Healthcare: A Midwest Regional Teleconference.
Virtual (by phone & online)

Tuesday, May 24
Women on the Move: Fourth-annual fundraiser, featuring Tracy Butler and Maureen Manley.
Chicago, IL

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

Sunday, April 10
Spring into Fashion: A luncheon and fashion show to benefit the Cure MS foundation.
Bloomingdale, IL

Thursday, May 19
Cure MS 4th Annual Charity Golf Outing: Golf outing, luncheon, and dinner to benefit the Cure MS Foundation.
Woodridge, IL

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ILD 2011 MS Lottery Ticket

Enter to Win a $500 Gift Card in Celebration of "It's Double Time 2011"
The Chapter is celebrating the debut of the 2011 It's Double Time instant-win ticket--the nation's first lottery ticket with 100% of net proceeds going to MS research--with a contest! Share your contact information with the Chapter and Illinois Lottery and be entered to win a $500 gift card!

Enter to win online>>

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ABC 7 Chicago Promotes MS Awareness
On Thursday, March 10, ABC 7 Chicago featured the Greater Illinois Chapter during the station's Noon newscast. Meteorologist Tracy Butler shouted out to our gang of orange-clad MS Activists who cheered right back from the other side of the studio's State Street windows in celebration of MS Awarness Week 2011!

Watch the ABC 7 video>>

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Eyes of Emerald: Book Proceeds Go to the National MS Society
Author Harvey Stelman has lived with MS for 29 years. His new novel, based on a true story about life in New York City in the 1930s, is on sale internationally--and 15% of proceeds form the book's sale will be contributed to the National MS Society.  

Learn more about Harvey's book>>

Find it on Amazon.com>>

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Peoria Toasts Carnivale Royalty
On Friday, March 11, more than 600 people attended Peoria's 9th annual MS Carnivale, raising over $100,000 for the National MS Society. Congratulations to Carnivale King Mark Voudrie and Carnivale Queen Shawna Knapp! And thank you to event chairs Brandon Lott and Sue Atherton for fundraising efforts and helping make Carnivale 2011 a wonderful success. Merci beaucoup!

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New Resource for Illinois Tax Credit Information
With April 15 approaching, the Chapter's Service Navigator staff wants to make sure people living with MS and their families are informed about potential tax credits available to them. A PDF guide for Illinois tax credits is available from the National Women's Law Center. 

Download the tax credit guide (PDF)>>

Visit the National Women's Law Center>>

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University of Illinois Seeks Participants with MS to Study Exercise-Neurology Links
Society grant recipient Dr. Rob Motl of the Exercise Neuroscience Research Lab at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign is in need of people with MS to participate in ongoing studies on the link between physical activity and neurological function. For more information contact the lab at 217-244-1191 or via email. 

Visit the Exercise Neuroscience Research Lab>> 

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University of Chicago Research Study Seeks Female Participants with MS
The University of Chicago is looking for women with relapsing-remitting MS for a 24-month study on the effects of treatment with Copaxone injections plus oral estriol. For more information, download the PDF information sheet or contact study coordinator Mildred Valenti at 773-702-9812 or via email.

Download the information sheet (PDF)>>

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Northwestern Medical Center Formally Recognized by Society as Center for Comprehensive Care
The Northwestern Comprehensive MS Program has become the first in Illinois to be formally recognized as a Center for Comprehensive Care by the National MS Society. The Chapter believes people with MS receive optimal care when strong collaborative links exist between healthcare professionals and the Society, and recognizes Northwestern Medical Center for this certification.  

Visit the Northwestern Comprehensive MS Program>>

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The Greater Illinois Chapter Welcomes New Trustees
The Chapter would like to welcome the two newest members of our Board of Trustees, Emily Greenberg and David Resnick. We're excited to have them as a part of the team! We also want to give our heartfelt thanks to all of our current board members for their leadership and support.  

Visit the Board of Trustees page>>

Latest Headlines from the National MS Society:

Early Clinical Trial Results and Observational Study Support Further Research of “Probiotic” Parasitic Worm Treatment Approach in MS

MS Trial Alert: Sites in 18 States Recruiting for a Trial of Abatacept for People with Relapsing- Remitting MS

Multiple Sclerosis Emerging Therapies Collaborative

Multiple Sclerosis Awareness Week: 'MS =' How Do You Put a Face on a Disease that Affects Each Person Differently?

International Panel Revises “McDonald Criteria” for Diagnosing MS

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