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National Multiple Sclerosis Society names Yolanda Treiguts Volunteer of the Year

November 24, 2014

Oakbrook Terrace resident honored at national Society Leadership Conference in Fort Worth, Texas

The National Multiple Sclerosis Society honored Yolanda Treiguts, of Oakbrook Terrace, Illinois, as its national Volunteer of the Year on Friday, Nov. 7, during the 2014 Society Leadership Conference at the Omni Fort Worth Hotel in Fort Worth, Texas. The honor was given in recognition of her contributions to the society’s Greater Illinois Chapter and her outstanding leadership and support of people living with MS.

“Yolanda is an amazing connecter; she loves people and we are drawn to her,” said National Multiple Sclerosis Society President/CEO Cyndi Zagieboylo. “I have been so fortunate to know Yolanda for the past decade—she is a great partner, mentor and friend. Thank you, Yolanda, for supporting so many to move their lives forward. You inspire us all to lives our very best lives.” 

Treiguts’ volunteer commitment to the MS Society began in 1978, shortly after being diagnosed with multiple sclerosis. Following her diagnosis, she attended the LaGrange Support Group for people living with MS, and it was there that she became an inspirational MS leader and dedicated volunteer.

Her efforts did not go unnoticed, and she was soon asked by the former Northern Illinois Chapter of the MS Society to take over as facilitator of the South Cook MS Self-Help Group, previously the South Suburban Support Group. The group had fallen on hard times, with only two members and very little direction. Under Treiguts’ leadership, the group has completely transformed over the past three decades. It now has more than 300 members and is more focused than ever on a positive approach to living with MS.

Treiguts has been instrumental in helping the South Cook group branch out from a support group to a Walk MS team that has raised over $1 million for MS research, programs and services. 

Treiguts volunteers with the MS Society in several additional capacities. She has served on the Greater Illinois Chapter’s board of trustees since 1996, most recently chairing the volunteer development committee, and has worked on many local and national steering committees. She is also a dynamic MS activist and has received multiple awards and honors from the MS Society and the MS community for her many accomplishments.

She is committed to improving the lives of everyone living with MS through advocacy, programs support, fundraising and education. Her dedication to the cause is evident to all who meet her, and she is a standout member of the movement to end MS both in Illinois and at a national level.

 

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 is an unpredictable, often disabling disease of the central nervous system that disrupts 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 leading to better understanding and 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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