There are three ways you can participate in this event: Walk! Fundraise! Donate! We hope you will pick at least one, but encourage you to do all three. If you are participating in just one of these three ways, RSVP here. Then go to our team page at http://main.nationalmssociety.org/goto/ChicagoJedi to register or donate.
I know it's awfully early to get up on a Sunday morning, but just think how you'll be helping people for whom it is painful to get up at any time on any day. Walk MS is an awareness and fundraising event held May 5th in locations across Illinois. You can help bring attention to the problems of MS by just showing up for the walk. We'll arrange a ride for you if needed. No fee or donation is required. But even better would be if you could donate some money and/or raise money from friends and family.
We have decided to help out with one of the smaller community walks here in the Chicagoland area. We will meet at Richard's High School in Oak Lawn and walk approximately 2 miles through Wolffe Wildlife Refuge and on city streets, returning to the high school about 10am. We will then head to nearby Jedi's Garden Restaurant (yes, that really is the name) for brunch.
If you will be walking and you have a Jedi outfit, please wear it. If you don't have a Jedi outfit, you can wear a black shirt. If you want a Chicago Jedi shirt we'd be happy to sell you one at the event ($15). Make sure to wear shoes that are good for a 2-mile walk, even if they don't go so well with your outfit. Also, please invite other friends and family members to join us.
Multiple sclerosis interrupts the flow of information from the brain to the body and stops people from moving. Symptoms range from numbness and tingling to blindness and paralysis. A friend of ours from another Jedi community has this condition and though, for her, it's effects are currently stable, it is a condition that gets worse with time. However, advances in research and treatment are moving us closer to a world free of MS. The National MS Society helps people affected by MS by funding cutting-edge research, driving change through advocacy, facilitating professional education, and providing programs and services designed to help people with MS and their families move their lives forward.
If you will not be able to join us for the walk, but would still like to fundraise, register as a virtual walker and ask family, friends and collegues to donate. Even small donations, like $5, can make a big difference when people pool their money together. E-mail everyone you know and tell them that you are trying to raise money for MS. Post it on Facebook. Put a note on the bulletin board at work. If you collect money in person, keep careful track of how much and from whom. You can also send them to your personal page or our team page.
If you are not registering, you can still donate to our team page above. You can also give cash directly to one of our team members or mail a check to the National Multiple Sclerosis Society, 525 West Monroe St., Suite 900, Chicago, IL 60661. Please note the team name Chicago Jedi in the memo portion of the check so that your donation will count toward our fundraising goal. Make sure to ask your workplace if they match donations. And, even if you won't be walking with us, go ahead and RSVP, "Yes," to this event, but let us know you are participating by donating or fundraising instead of walking.