Upcoming Education Event: Parkinson's Disease and Related Movement Disorders

Join us for a Free Education Event...

Parkinson’s Disease

and related Movement Disorders

Saturday October 1st 2016

10 am - 11:30 am

Presenter:

Gian Pal, MD, MS

 Neurologist in the section of Parkinson’s disease and Movement Disorders   

Dr Pal’s main areas of interest include neuroprotection, biomarkers and advanced therapies for Parkinson’s disease such as deep brain stimulation.

Presentation and Discussion will include

  • Recently approved treatments, 
  • What’s in the pipeline?
  • Dr Pal’s research and others at Rush
  • Open Discussion
  •  

registration required. space is limited:

 email ellen@fitms.org or call 847-800-6162

2016 Power of the Purse Award to fitMS NeuroBalance Center!!

The Fifth Annual Barrington Area United Way Power of The Purse brought over 130 women together to support an organizations that helps local women.

Each year the Barrington Area United Wayhas drawn women together at this event that highlights the power of women coming together in support of each other. The event includes a fabulous purse auctions with over 40 different items to bid on via mobile phone, an impact raffle where a $20. chance can be purchased to win an exceptional prize (this year was a diamond necklace from Long & Co), and a wonderful lunch, all held at The Great Hall at the Onion Pub.

This year's recipient was FitMS NeuroBalance CenterJoy Wagner, FitMS euroBalance Center founder, gave a powerful acceptance speech about autoimmune disorders and the community that usually suffers silently with the symptoms.

"Autoimmune diseases are the third most common category of disease in the United States after cancer and heart disease," shared Joy Wagner

FitMS NeuroBalance Center has created a community of wellness and resources for people living with chronic conditions that effect mobility and independence. Joy was diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis in 2001. As a nurse, she quickly realized that there were not resources and services available to help people with debilitating diseases. Her location, which she can help participants get to with a special bus, offers special fitness classes and equipment for people of different levels of mobility. She also provides complimentary healthcare and consultations with:

  • Disease Management Consulting
  • Chiropractic Care
  • Therapeutic Massage
  • Counseling
  • Acupuncture
  • Functional Medicine
  • Food Sensitivity Testing & Counseling
  • Weight Loss Management
  • Nutritional Counseling
  • Gait and Balance Training
  • Aroma and Rain-Drop Therapy
  • Wellness Coaching

"One in twelve women have an autoimmune disease. That means that someone sitting at your table today could be effected." said Joy Wagner

Services at FitMS are provided on a sliding scale. The Power of the Purse grant will be used to hire and provide space and equipment for a licensed physical therapist to be added to the collaborative services.

The Barrington Area United Way's motto is Raised Here - Stays Here. To learn more about the Barrington Area United Way, their events and how you can help click here

2015 Gala -Our Biggest Fundraising Event of the Year! Save the Date! 2016 Annual Gala September 24th

"From all our Providers, Volunteers and myself. we thank all those who come to the center for services, You’ve taught us every thing we know. Thank you for inspiring each other, for welcoming new participants and for sharing your experiences with all of us. Thank you for your support, your friendship, and your courage.

From all the participants at the center, providers and volunteers. We thank all of our sponsors and donors, many of whom are here tonight, for your financial support.

You’re helping to change the way we see the world, to change the way the way the world sees us, and we are grateful.

Let’s lift our glasses to each other. Everyone in this room has played a role in another great year at the NeuroBalance Center!"

                           - Joy Wagner

The Fabulous Ladies of Ivanhoe Club

Ivanhoe Golf Club Women Host Outing & Luncheon Benefitting FitMS

10/21/2015 3:26:00 PM Talk of Living60010

From left to right in the back: Nadia Marchetti, Pam Smith, Jim Sobb, Kim Rinella, Diana Nuzzo and Kathy Goffee. In front Joy Wagner and Tina Sobb

From left to right in the back: Nadia Marchetti, Pam Smith, Jim Sobb, Kim Rinella, Diana Nuzzo and Kathy Goffee. In front Joy Wagner and Tina Sobb

 

On Thursday September 10th, the lady golfers of Ivanhoe Club held a Golf Outing and Luncheon raising over $22,000 to benefit FitMS NeuroBalance Center.

 

The generous ladies of Ivanhoe Golf Club have held a charitable outing and luncheon for years benefitting Susan B. Komen. This year they decided to raise funds for the FitMS NeuroBalance Center, as they know someone close to the club who benefits from their services. Tina Sobb, wife of Invanhoe Golf Club Pro and PGA Professional Jim Sobb.

Tina was diagnosed with MS (Multiple Sclerosis) over a decade ago. Multiple sclerosis (MS) 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. It's symptoms can cause decreased mobility, making regular movement and tasks difficult for many patients.

FitMS NeuroBalance Center has created a community of wellness and resources for people living with chronic conditions that effect mobility and independence. Founded by Joy Wagner, who was diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis in 2001, FitMS was developed to meet the specific needs not addressed for people with debilitating diseases. With specialized equipment and trainers on site, individuals at the center can work on increasing strength and fitness. Group classes include Zumba, Yoga and a special FitMS class that incorporates Tai Chi, Yoga, Pilates and the Balance Ball. Private And Small Group Fitness Training can include Pilates Reformer and Cadillac, Power Plate®, weights, straps, yoga and balance balls.

The center also provides complementary Healthcare services and consultations including:

  • Disease Management Consulting
  • Chiropractic Care
  • Therapeutic Massage
  • Counseling
  • Acupuncture
  • Functional Medicine
  • Food Sensitivity Testing & Counseling
  • Weight Loss Management
  • Nutritional Counseling
  • Gait and Balance Training
  • Aroma and Rain-Drop Therapy
  • Wellness Coaching

FitMS also realized that transportation was an issue with many of their participants, so they formed a partnership with Cuba Township in January of 2014 to help those in need within a 14 mile radius to access all services offered through the center. Cuba Townshipowns a lift equipped van and once people learned about their organization a Bus Team developed. Four local men volunteer to run the transportation services for the center, which includes driving on Tuesdays and Thursdays, scheduling the drivers, routing the schedule each day and communicating with all the riders.

Operating on a shoestring budget, programs and services have only been available a few days a week. The demand continues to grow as people learn about the organization. With the funds raised by the Invanhoe Golf Club women, the center will be able to work towards expanding their availability to help more people in the future.