January 2013


The donations have been tallied and we are thrilled to report that we raised $35,098, surpassing our year-end goal of $30,000. Our deepest thanks and appreciation to everyone who contributed to this fundraising effort to support our lifestyle empowerment programs. In addition to the nearly 200 donors who generously gave in support of our cause, special thanks goes to Rachel, who willingly shared her can do story to inspire others to give to our organization. The mission of Can Do MS can be achieved when people come together in collaboration and support of a common cause.


We look forward to a year of continuing to reach more people living with MS through our lifestyle empowerment programs and hope for your continuing support.


Some of you can still make a 2012 donation! The 2012 Tax Act retroactively reinstates and extends through 12/31/13 the provision for donors (70 or older) to make tax-free distributions to a charity from an IRA of up to $100,000 per year.  Donors may elect to have a distribution made in January 2013 be treated as if it were made on 12/31/12. Pretty Cool! If you are a donor that falls within this category, then you can donate today by clicking here! 

Spread the Word,
Share the Power!


First and foremost, Happy New Year! We hope you and your loved ones had a wonderful holiday season. This month we wanted to focus on how you can help us spread the word about our 2013 programs and events using the simple yet powerful tools of email and social media. This is an easy and effective way you can help us reach more people living with MS in 2013!  Read More
New Year's Resolutions:  Motivation to Exercise   
By Can Do MS Programs Consultants: Susan Kushner, MS, PT and David Engstrom, PhD, ABPP  

It is now known, thanks to years of collaboration among clinicians and researchers, that exercise is helpful in managing many multiple sclerosis symptoms. It can still be difficult to find the motivation to exercise; even knowing that exercise is beneficial in controlling the symptoms of MS. Part of the problem is that we tend to set lofty goals and end up not following through or even starting! It is very easy to set a goal and then never even start. A great start for goal setting is to use the P.A.U.S.E System. Each letter...Read Article 

2013 Program Schedule
There is plenty to look forward to in 2013 with new programs rolling out!

Thanks to the generous support of multiple donors we are now offering all of our 2013 programs free of charge!

Join us on the 2nd Tuesday of every month 8:00 - 9:00 PM EST.  If you can't watch live then watch them archived at any time convenient for you.
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Our one-day JUMPSTART and JUMPSTART IN MOTION Programs will be traveling throughout the country.  Registration is open for a few of the programs with more opening soon.  Keep your eyes peeled as these programs have been filling up quickly! Learn More

This new two-day program incorporates MS education, experiential activities, interaction with our health professionals of MS experts and with other participants, in a small group setting throughout a weekend. Applications will be accepted starting February 1st. Learn More  

CAN DO Program:
In it's 29th year, our flagship four-day CAN DO Program is now offered free of charge in 2013!  The May program is already full, however, please send us your contact info to be alerted when the next CAN DO Program is scheduled. Learn More

Support for the Partner 
Tuesday, February 12, 2013 
8:00 - 9:00 p.m. Eastern Standard Time


1 Expert. 1 Topic. 0 Cost to you.

Multiple Sclerosis is an unpredictable illness that affects not just those living with MS, but it also affects those closest to us.  It can also cause life-altering changes, whether the support partner is a spouse, partner, sibling, parent or friend.
In our February webinar Dr. David Rintell, Psychologist, will discuss how to acknowledge the challenges and changes and the feelings that go with them.  Dr. Rintell will also discuss finding comfortable ways to talk about those changes.


Click Here To Register     

This webinar is brought to you by

New Year Incentive

It's time to get fundraising for your local Vertical Express event!   

All this new snow on the west coast has put us in a giving kind of mood. Which is great news for Vertical Express participants!

The first ten people to register online and raise $250 via online donations will get a FREE copy of the Art of Flight DVD ($30 value) with Travis Rice. Made possible by our friends at Red Bull Media House and BRAIN FARM.


What are you waiting for? Find the event close to you and register today!  

Crystal Mountain, WA  - February 22-24
Please visit our Facebook page for contest rules and regulations!

You're Invited!

Squaw Valley Vertical Express
Kick-Off Party  

When: Sunday January 27th 4-6pm

Where: Palacio Restaurant
115 N. Santa Cruz Ave, Los Gatos, CA

What: Viewing party for Can Do: The Legacy of Jimmie Heuga

Cost: $25 includes light appetizers, movie viewing and a silent auction.
Happy hour cash bar will be available. 

Learn More 

Please RSVP to Lara Sprinkles at (408) 621-5408 or
email larasprinkles@gmail.com  

New Year

The first ten people to register online and raise $250 via online donations will win a FREE copy of the Art of Flight DVD ($30 value) with Travis Rice. Made possible by our friends at Red Bull Media House and BRAIN FARM.

Contest runs Jan 4-22nd
Squaw Valley Kick-off Party
Viewing party for Can Do: The Legacy of Jimmie Heuga
Jan 27th Los Gatos, CA
2013 Vertical Express Dates
Calling skiers, snowboarders and telemarkers of all ages and abilities to participate in the fundraising effort and enjoy an awesome day on the slopes!

Find the mountain near you below and register Today. 
Crystal Mountain, WA
February 22-24, 2013
Steamboat Springs, CO
February 24, 2013
Schweitzer Mountain, UT
March 9, 2013
Squaw Valley USA, CA
March 9-10, 2013
Did You Know?
When we feel more in control of how we react to the inevitable stresses in life, we feel better physically & emotionally.     
Quick & Easy Stress Reducers
Can Do Promise Of The Month
Jamie D.
Diagnosed in 2006

strong and far more
than my MS.

find new, better ways of living and be an inspiration to others.

realize what is possible living with MS. 

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