Illinois Residents to Take Steps Toward Cure at Walk MS, May 4, 2014 - National Multiple Sclerosis Society

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The Greater Illinois Chapter works to improve the quality of life for people affected by MS across a 73-county territory, starting at the Wisconsin-Illinois border and extending south through the northern and central areas of Illinois, and to raise funds for critical MS research. Join the movement toward a world free of MS.

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Illinois Residents to Take Steps Toward Cure at Walk MS, May 4, 2014

March 10, 2014

Illinois Residents to Take Steps Toward Cure at Walk MS, May 4, 2014

Annual Walk Raises Money for Research and Support of People Affected by Multiple Sclerosis

Chicago, Ill., March 10, 2014 — The Greater Illinois Chapter of the National Multiple Sclerosis Society will hold its annual Walk MS event on May 4, 2014, at 11 locations statewide, including Bloomington, Chicago Lakefront, McHenry County (Lake in the Hills), North Shore, Northwest Suburbs (Palatine), Rockford, St. Charles, South Suburbs (Orland Park), Southwest Suburbs (Lockport), Springfield, and West Suburbs (Naperville). Walk MS brings people together across the country to celebrate the progress and powerful connections made in the movement to end MS and raises funds for critical MS research, programs and services.

“Walk MS gave me support and a sense of community during the most uncertain time of my life,” said Angel Arroyo Jr., who is his team’s captain at the South Suburbs site in Orland Park, Ill. “It provided me with an opportunity to be proactive about my diagnosis, taking the initiative to help myself and others like me who are living with multiple sclerosis.”

Participants will be teaming up to walk 1–5 miles (depending on the site) on one of the fully accessible route options. Registration and start times vary based on location and can be found at walkMSillinois.org.

“For many people living with MS, this is one of the best and most important days of the year,” said John Blazek, Greater Illinois Chapter President. “Whether it’s through participating at one of our Walk sites, volunteering, fundraising or recruiting a friend or family member to be part of the movement, the amazing turnout of thousands of supporters for this signature event helps bring us that much closer to our ultimate goal of a world free of MS.”

Last year, more than 12,000 people participated in Walk MS throughout Illinois, raising over $2.7 million.

Multiple Sclerosis is an unpredictable, often disabling disease that interrupts the flow of information in the central nervous system, which includes the brain, spinal cord, and optic nerve. The Greater Illinois Chapter mobilizes people and resources to drive research for a cure and to address the challenges of more than 20,000 individuals in Illinois and 2.3 million worldwide affected by MS.

To find out more or to register or donate online, contact Samantha Edidin at 312.423.1156 or at samantha.edidin@nmss.org, or visit walkMSillinois.org.

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About the Greater Illinois Chapter of the National Multiple Sclerosis (MS) Society

The Greater Illinois Chapter works to improve the quality of life for people affected by MS across a 73-county territory, starting at the Wisconsin-Illinois border and extending south through the northern and central areas of Illinois, and to raise funds for critical MS research. Join the movement toward a world free of MS.

About Multiple Sclerosis

Multiple sclerosis, an unpredictable, often disabling disease of the central nervous system, interrupts the flow of information within the brain, and between the brain and body. Symptoms range from numbness and tingling to blindness and paralysis. The progress, severity and specific symptoms of MS in any one person cannot yet be predicted, but advances in research and treatment are moving us closer to a world free of MS. Most people with MS are diagnosed between the ages of 20 and 50, with at least two to three times more women than men being diagnosed with the disease. MS affects more than 2.3 million people worldwide.

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