September 2012  


We're just nine days away from Can Do Day!

On September 22nd, we ask you to join us in celebrating our founder, Jimmie Heuga's birthday by doing something you can do. How will you celebrate?  Tell us today on our Facebook page by sharing your Can Do Day pledge in honor of Jimmie and to raise awareness for MS.

By sharing your pledge, you help inspire others and you support others in their own can do spirit. Please remember to come back to our Facebook page on Can Do Day to show us what you did and post a picture on our wall of your Can Do Day adventure.



Need some inspiration?  Check out what Trevis L. Gleason is doing.

Can Do Day is brought to you by Genzyme 

Meet our Leadership Team! 
We have a diverse and close-knit leadership team dedicated to helping people living with MS.  Please take some time and learn a little more about them!

Katie DeMore - Chief Operations Officer: Katie first got to know Can Do MS and our mission in 2005 when she worked on a part-time basis helping out the Development Department.  She left us vowing to return some day. Read more. 

Vicki Flynn - Director of Development: Vicki has been with Can Do MS since June 2007 in several Development Department roles, from the Special Events Manager and the Senior Development Manager to her current role as Director of Development.
Read more.

Jennifer Myers - Director of Marketing & Communications: Jenn directs marketing and communications for our Program and Development Departments.  Her passion for meaningful work led her to Can Do MS in April 2011. Read more.

Lauri O'Brien - Director of Programs: Lauri joined the Can Do MS team in July 2012 and oversees all the strategic, programmatic, financial, and management operations of the Programs Department. Read more.  
"Although I no longer cook professionally, I CAN use my professional expertise to help people with MS."  


It wouldn't be putting too fine a point on it to say that Trevis L Gleason's culinary career had reached the stratosphere, both metaphorically and actually.  While teaching at the Cornell University School of Hotel Administration, Chef Trevis was tapped by the US Agency for International Development (USAID) to develop a network of farmer-owned bakeries in the former Soviet Republic of Ukraine.  Upon returning to the United States, he became Director of Operations for the California Culinary Academy.

Read Trevis' Story
In the Kitchen with MS  
By: Denise Nowack, RD, &
Ann Mullinix,OTR/L,
Can Do Programs Consultants

Having the desire and motivation to eat well is one thing, but the process of actually carrying it out, from purchasing the food to placing a meal on the table, is another. Obstacles are real, such as limited time and energy, or challenges from cognitive and physical changes. Here are four simple strategies that can help you have more success in the kitchen, eat well, and feel better, with more energy and confidence.


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Ask the Can Do Team
This program is now available to everyone!

Ask the Can Do Team is an online Q & A for people living with multiple sclerosis and their support partners to connect with our interdisciplinary team of MS experts and gain additional knowledge and skills to actively co-manage their MS and live their best lives.

Submitted by K. Perumal, living with MS
Question: "Is exercising on an exercise bike with an ankle brace beneficial for MS? I have done it without the brace, but my drop foot got worse, I am now trying with the ankle brace."

2 Answers:
Yes, I agree that you should use your ankle brace when you use your exercise bike.  The brace will help protect your foot and ankle, keeping them from slipping off the pedal and...Read full answer from Physical Therapist Susan Anacker, MSPT

There are several points to make in answering this question.  First, exercise is good for someone who has MS, just like it should be a part of everyone's regular routine.  Your body benefits from exercise in that... Read full answer from Occupational Therapist Linda Walls, OTR

Yoga & MS 

Tuesday, October 9, 2012 8:00 - 9:00 p.m. Eastern Standard Time 

Yoga is an ancient mind-body practice that can help manage some MS symptoms.  Some people find that yoga improves their energy level, moods, flexibility and strength
Read more.    



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This webinar is brought to you by

New Webinar for 2012 on Fatigue & MS
Tuesday, October 16, 2012 8:00 - 9:00 p.m. Eastern Standard Time

Live Fully, Live Well is a wellness program for people with MS and their support partners in collaboration with NMSS. 

This webinar will focus on tools and techniques that are useful to managing fatigue and reducing its toll on your daily life. We will share a simple, comprehensive method beginning with identifying and using your own strengths. Read more.

Click Here To Register  
This program is made possible by MS ActiveSource, which is
sponsored by Biogen Idec and Elan Pharmaceuticals, Inc

Rolex "100" Raffle 

Time is running out, purchase your tickets today!


Last year's Rolex "100" Raffle winner Ken T. from St. Louis, MO 


You too can be the proud owner of a Rolex Oyster Perpetual Explorer II valued at $8,100. Tickets are still available for the 2012 Rolex "100" Raffle. Only a few weeks left before the drawing, which is held on Tuesday, October 23rd.


Only 100 tickets will be sold.

$100 per ticket

24th Annual
Alpen Wine Fest - Recap   

Thanks to all who helped make this event a success!


It was a beautiful, sunny California day on Sunday, September 2nd. Over 500 people came out to attend the 24th Annual Alpen Wine Fest held at The Village at Squaw Valley. Event attendees tasted wine from 46 vineyards and bid on a variety of silent auction items...all to benefit Can Do MS!  


Alpen raised $24,478.50!

Special thanks to The Village at Squaw Valley, all of the participating wineries and the amazing volunteers that made this event a successful FUN-raiser! We look forward to the 25th anniversary in 2013, Cheers!

Enjoy An Evening of Craft Beer & Fine Food.
Avon, CO
Ski Crud Club Invitational
Support people with MS by getting your golf on.
Hayden Lake, Idaho 
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Wine Maker Dinner for MS
Tickets include 7 courses with wine pairing.
San Diego, CA
Did You Know?
Can Do MS has a new partnership with Outdoor Mindset that will strengthen our ability to unite and inspire more people living with MS.
You CAN...Manage Family Issues
Source: NMSS
Can Do Promise Of The Month
Laniya L
Living with MS 

bigger than MS itself.

survive anything put in front of me. 

never give up!

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