Neighbors: Recognizing accomplishments in our communities
Champaign residents Rebecca Grosser and Nancy Postula as well as Savoy's Susan Foster recently participated in Parkland College's study abroad opportunity in Dijon, France.
The summer program, sponsored by Parkland College and the Illinois Consortium for International Studies and Programs, ran June 26 to July 26 and supplied 7-8 hours of college credit. Activities included three days in Paris, a three-day tour of Roman Provence and more. Parkland faculty member Jody Littleton accompanied trip participants.
Students received 20-plus hours of instruction each week and stayed in rooms at the University of Burgundy.
When her husband was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis, Katie Braemer decided to take action. On Sunday, Sept. 7, she will take part in Walk MS (http://www.walkmsillinois.org), the largest annual fundraiser of the National MS Society, Greater Illinois Chapter. She will be walking at the Urbana location at Meadowbrook Park.
Katie's husband, David, was diagnosed with MS in 2007, and her mother-in-law, Courtenay, was diagnosed shortly after. The family participated in their first Walk MS in 2007, right after David's diagnosis. This year will mark their eighth year taking part in the event.
"David's parents learned of the event and we decided to walk," Katie said. "We've fundraised and been a part of several different teams since."
Braemer is now the captain of her own team, the MS Walkers, which is made up of close friends and family. She hopes to continue growing her team and their participation in the event, knowing the importance of connecting with people close to the cause.
"As my husband's disease progressed and no available treatments were helping him, I saw more and more the need to network with others involved, as well as to raise funds for critical research," said Braemer. "Walk MS is a great way to expand the society's knowledge of the disease and the importance of finding a cure, and it is an opportunity to meet others connected to MS in our community."
Last year, the MS Walkers raised a total of $2,089 through Walk MS donations. Braemer hopes they will surpass that goal this year with the help of her individual goal of $1,000.
"It's amazing, if you truly connect with people, what they are willing to do to help out with a good cause," said Braemer.