TeamMS—Recruiting teams for Rebif MS Walk

TeamMS—Recruiting teams for Rebif MS Walk


Have your friends, neighbors, family members and co-workers join you in forming a team to walk in the Greater Illinois Chapter of the National Multiple Sclerosis Society’s Rebif MS Walk April 6, rain or shine, at 18 fully-supported and accessible sites in northern and central Illinois, including the Chicago Lakefront. Each person who walks in the Rebif MS Walk raises funds through pledges that help to improve the lives of the more than 400,000 Americans who have MS. However, those walking with a team have more fun walking and generally have higher pledged amounts.

With a goal of $2.4 million, the Chapter, which serves more than 11,000 people in 73 counties with MS, is encouraging people like you to be a captain and have three or more team members sharing enthusiasm and support as members secure pledges for completing the course. So far, more than 300 teams have signed up, already more than half of the 2002 total. How about doubling that total so more can be accomplished? Your team can make a significant difference in ending the devastating effects of MS.

Each team must have four or more people, but you probably can recruit many more easily. Choose a team name, register the team on the Chapter’s Web site, and then have your team members register themselves individually. Set a team goal, encourage each member to secure pledges, and turn in those pledges early. They can also bring their pledged amounts to the walk site. Repeat teams can have goals of increasing the number of participants and team totals.

To register and get information online, go to

If you have questions concerning TeamMS, call 312-423-1166 or send e-mails to Questions regarding the Rebif MS Walk can be directed to 1-888-343-1179 or e-mail To volunteer, call 312-423-1136 or e-mail

If your team is walking on behalf of someone with MS, that person’s story will motivate your team members. By putting a face on the disease, people are prompted to contribute time and dollars. If your team does not have a specific person for motivation, remind them that prizes and awards are offered for contributions, and a team goal of $1 for each person with MS could make a significant difference in what the Society can accomplish.

Team captains can check rosters and pledge amounts online. Increase enthusiasm and pledges with special features and events of your own—team T-shirts or caps, parties, rallies, or even a picnic or party after the Rebif MS Walk. Advertise, advertise, and advertise!!! Recruit a co-captain or committee to help with your team’s details. Representatives from the National MS Society are always happy to provide information and even speakers to encourage your groups to be successful.

Ask your company to sponsor your team. One of their goals might be a specific percentage of employees who will participate and walk with the team. Also, you may want to encourage your company to be a Corporate Sponsor for the Rebif MS Walk itself. More information about this can be secured by calling 312-423-1170.

The Rebif MS Walk would not be possible without the support of sponsors across the state. This year’s title sponsor is Rebif. Presenting sponsors include ABC-7 Chicago, 101.9 FM The Mix, Jewel-Osco, and Coca-Cola. Other major sponsors and contributors include American Family Insurance, American Airlines, Dasani, and Lifetime Television for Women.

Chicago Area MS Walk sites: Chicago Lakefront, Fox Valley/St. Charles, Naperville, McHenry County, North Shore, Northwest Suburban, South Suburban, Joliet/Lockport and Kankakee.

TeamMS groups also can participate in the MS 150 Bike Tour, this year called Tour de Farms, Saturday and Sunday, June 21 and 22, and the City Cycle Tour for MS Sunday, Sept. 21, with a ride for any level of cyclist. Maybe your team will want to participate in more than one event.

Multiple sclerosis is a chronic, often disabling disease of the central nervous system, generally diagnosed between ages 20 and 50. Symptoms range from numbness in the limbs to paralysis or loss of vision. The progress, severity, and specific symptoms of MS in any one person cannot yet be predicted, but advances in research and treatments are giving hope to those affected by the disease.

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