The Chicago Support Group

Upcoming Meeting(s)

Thursday,  November 9, 2017
6:30 p.m.

Guest Speaker: Joe Friedman, from PDI Medical Dispensary.

Joe Friedman will discuss the benefits of medical cannabis for AS, the process to obtain a card and the types of products available.




Meeting Location

Please email Gail Wright at for location details.  The meeting will be held at Gail's residence.

Group Leaders

Group Co-Leader:
Kathy Lange
(847) 577-9940

Group Co-Leader:
Gail Wright
(847) 612-7387



About Chicago's Support Group Co-Leaders

Kathy Lange

Kathy Lange has a Master’s Degree in Special Education and lives in Rolling Meadows, with her husband Ric of 8 years. She was finally diagnosed with ankylosing spondylitis in 2005, after suffering with some symptoms from childhood. She taught High School Behavior Disorder students for 18 years and had to go onto disability because of AS in 2010. Since going on Disability, she has spent time researching AS and has time during the day to answer questions.


Gail Wright

Gail Wright is a teacher of students who are Deaf or Hard of Hearing. She's been teaching in a variety of settings for 27 years. Gail was diagnosed with ankylosing spondylitis in January of 2014. She enjoys exercising, hiking, being outdoors - especially in the mountains, gardening and being with great friends. She has an amazing, supportive husband and two great kids.


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