April 2012  


Can Do Multiple Sclerosis earns coveted four star rating for fiscal responsibility for fifth consecutive year! 

"We are honored to receive this 5th consecutive 4-star designation. Over 80 percent of the dollars we receive are committed to our programs and services," said Heidi A. Heltzel, President and CEO of Can Do MS. "Our rating is a testament of Can Do MS's commitment to fiscal responsibility.  In this economic climate, it's more important than ever for our donors to know their dollars are used efficiently for our mission of empowering people living with multiple sclerosis to transform and improve their quality of life. Charity Navigator's recognition of our accomplishments verifies that we're meeting the high standards we set for our operations." Read more 

View our new rating on Charity Navigator! 

"I was shocked, very shocked. Though there are challenges MS has brought into my life since that day, I prefer to focus on the blessings."


Reading the stories that inspired each square on the I AM. I CAN. I QUILT. fundraiser, you can't help but feel moved to think of your own Can Do Spirit and the power that comes from people uniting to create a work of art.
The woman behind the quilt, Michelle Keating, returned from the CAN DO Program in May 2007 with a desire to give back.


Using Adaptive Equipment With Exercise
By Can Do MS Programs Consultants:
Juliann Hanson-Zlatev, OTR and Kathy San Martino, PT, NCS, ATP/SMS, CLT-LANA, MSCS

Exercise...For some that word conjures up negative feelings like a tedious task, a bad movie your spouse makes you watch, or homework. For others, exercise represents "me time", feelings of wellness and accomplishment or taking care of yourself. For those who look at exercise as a negative, let's capitalize on that last description - "taking care of yourself".



Betsy and Don, living with MSJUMPSTART Program
Offered at no charge in communities across the country, they provide participants with an interactive exploration of health, wellness, and lifestyle empowerment approaches and topics.

On Saturday, April 21st Can Do MS will be kicking off our first JUMPSTART Program in Milwaukee, Wisconsin! This JUMPSTART Program, held in collaboration with the National MS Society-Wisconsin Chapter, provides presentations, workshops, and interactive sessions so participants can see themselves beyond the challenges of their MS. 


"Traditional medical models for managing chronic disease tend to overlook many important aspects of living with MS, including the emotional, interpersonal, mental, and social health of a patient," said Maureen Martin, Director of Programs, Can Do MS. "We offer a comprehensive, personalized and interdisciplinary approach to enable people to become active co-managers of their health and well-being."


See all 2012 JUMPSTART Program dates and locations!

The Wisconsin program is currently full.  If you would like to get on our waiting list,
click here

Cooling Techniques and Devices  
Tuesday, May 8, 2012  8:00 - 9:00 p.m. Eastern Standard Time   

Can Do MS Webinar Series now brings together a collaborative team of MS experts for you.


2 Experts. 1 Topic. 0 Cost to you.

We will identify and discuss internal and external factors that may contribute to core temperature changes and discover strategies for easing the effects of heat and temperature sensitivity.  We will educate you on the various types of cooling devices and MSAA's cooling device program.  There will also be a live question and answer period with our panel of experts where participants can submit their questions about cooling strategies.   

Click Here To Register

I AM. I CAN. I QUILT. Raffle - 2012

Buy your raffle ticket today! 


Quilting for a Cause! Proceeds benefit Can Do MS!


Don't miss your chance to win this beautiful, handmade quilt. Lay your eyes upon all of the bright colored squares, revealing the journey through life with multiple sclerosis and moving beyond the challenges of MS.  

Tickets are on sale for $20 per ticket.
2 tickets for $35
3 tickets for $50

Quilt is valued over $1,000

Purchase Tickets 

A patchwork of people, memories, and creative energy. View quilt square photos and stories here.

Vertical Express for Can Do MS Wrap-Up 

Sixty-three teams of three competed at four ski resorts and raised over $280,000!



This is an exciting time at Can Do MS as we wrap up the 2012 Vertical Express for Can Do MS event series!   


Eight teams that raised $15,000 or more travel to Vail, CO for the 2012 April Awards celebration April 12-14, 2012.


A special thank you to our volunteer event directors, host resorts, and event sponsors who make these events possible year after year.  

Event Directors:

Dan & Terri Stewart

Billybob Goyen & Pamela Burke

Linnea Quinn & Stacey Wittek

Annie Sundquist, Bernie Kuca & Terry Kuca


Host Resorts: Crystal Mountain, WA, Schweitzer Mountain, ID, Squaw Valley USA, CA and Steamboat Ski & Resort, CO


For more information on the event series, visit Vertical Express for Can Do MS. 


View 2012 Vertical Express for Can Do MS photos on Flickr!  

Did You Know?
Most of us can benefit from managing our stress more effectively.  Managing stress may also help manage
MS symptoms. 

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