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A holiday poem from the staff of the Greater Illinois Chapter to say thank you for being a part of the movement to end MS. From all of us to all of you, best wishes for a happy holiday season and a wonderful new year!

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Register Now for Walk MS

WalkMS_Logo250It's time to register for Walk MS, taking place across Illinois on Sunday, May 6 (Peoria & Urbana: Sunday, September 9)! Click below to learn more and sign up.

 Register now for Walk MS

Register Now for Bike MS: Tour de Farms

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 Register now for Bike MS

Would You Like to Be an MS Ambassador?

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Share your story and connection to MS and raise awareness about the disease by becoming an MS Ambassador. Our volunteer MS Ambassadors represent the Greater Illinois Chapter at events and programs around the state. To apply, click the link below to visit our Volunteer page and complete a volunteer application form. Training begins in January.

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Year-End Giving

[object Object]The end of the year is a great time for giving. Please consider making a donation to the Society by December 31. Together we can make a difference. Click the "Donate Now" link at the bottom of this email, or for more information contact Jill Robisch, Donor Development Specialist, at 312.423.1174 or jill.robisch@nmss.org.

Community Events

Midwest Indoor Tri-Classic Race Series

Mini-triathlon series benefiting the National MS Society, includes 10-minute swim, 20-minute stationary bike ride, and 15-minute run on an indoor track. Fees range from $40 to $100. Dates & locations:

  • Sunday, January 29 | Wheaton
  • Sunday, February 12 | Glen Ellyn
  • Sunday, February 26 | Woodridge 

 Learn more & register online>>

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Success with MS Workshop Series

Registration is now open for Success with MS, a free, two-part educational series for people newly diagnosed with MS (or seeking introductory info about their MS). Dr. Daniel Wynn and Cathy Meyer, R.N., from Consultants in Neurology Ltd. will discuss all aspects of living with MS including the physical and emotional impact following diagnosis, talking to family, friends and employers, and financial considerations for the future. Wednesdays, February 8 & 15 from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Light refreshments will be served. Join us!

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New Self-Employment Online Course

Interested in starting a business but don’t know how? The Midwest Region of the National MS Society is offering a five-week online course through Virginia Commonwealth University beginning Monday, January 23 that will educate you on successfully running your own business. The course covers how to write a business plan, conduct a feasibility study, access community supports, identify funding, and use work incentives. There is a $25 fee to register.

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Multiple Solutions Pub Crawl in January

Ring in the New Year with Multiple Solutions, the junior board of the Greater Illinois Chapter, at the annual Multiple Solutions Pub Crawl on Saturday, January 7. It's a 10-bar crawl up Southport Avenue in Chicago's Lakeview neighborhood benefiting the National MS Society. A $30 donation to participate includes an official pub crawl t-shirt, mug, and raffle ticket, in addition to food and drink specials at each bar.

Purchase tickets online>>

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Give Your Fundraising a Boost

Boundless Fundraising is a Facebook application that enables you to extend your fundraising beyond your Walk MS or Bike MS Participant Center. Once you register for these events, you will be given the option to add the Boundless Fundraising app to your Facebook page with a few simple clicks. The app will display your fundraising on your Facebook page where friends can check your progress and donate. It’s that easy and all you need to do to get started is register for one of our great events!

Register for Walk MS>>

Register for Bike MS: Tour de Farms>>

Click here to learn about volunteering.

Join a Walk MS or Bike MS Committee

Now that registration is open for 2012, consider joining one of our Walk MS or Bike MS committees. We’re looking for motivated people to help us plan these great events and be involved in all of our successes. For committee information, contact Jocelyn Cheng, Volunteer Manager, at 312.423.1139 or jocelyn.cheng@nmss.org

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Still Time to Take the Tundra Challenge

Thrill seekers and fitness fanatics, blitz winter boredom and stretch your muscles with the ultimate adventure race: the Tundra Challenge! Over the weekend of January 14-15, 2012, live life a little less ordinary and tough 3.5 miles of tundra and a course of more than 15 obstacles in frosty Oconomowoc, Wisconsin. Receive a $10 discount on individual and group registrations by using the discount code “illinoismschapter” at registration checkout.

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Recent Headlines from the National MS Society:

  Results from Trial Comparing Teriflunomide and Rebif in Relapsing MS Do Not Meet Primary Goal

  MS Trial Alert: Investigators Recruiting for Study of Ocrelizumab in Primary-Progressive MS

  Fast Forward and Lineagen to Collaborate to Develop Gene and Biomarker-Based Clinical Assays for Multiple Sclerosis

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