February 2012 

It's time to get registered for Vertical Express! There are so many cool prizes you can win for participating it's hard to keep track of them all. Don't worry, we'll break it down for you!



Grand Prize for Top Overall Fundraiser ($10,000 minimum):
The grand prize will be awarded to the overall top fundraiser from the entire series.  A minimum of $10,000 must be raised to be eligible. The four-day trip for two to Vail, CO includes: four days of skiing (Vail or Beaver Creek), four nights of lodging at the Vail Marriott Mountain Resort Hotel & Spa, round trip airfare to Denver International Airport (DIA) & a round trip CME shuttle from DIA.  


$7,500 raised: $400 online gift card to Backcountry.com*
$5,000 raised: Arc'teryx Atom LT Insulated Hoody*
$2,500 raised: MountainSmith Approach 40 Back Pack*
$1,000 raised: One Pair of Swany Gloves*
$500 raised: Complimentary lift ticket on event day(s), event entry (goodie bag, t-shirt, food, drink and tons of fun!)**
$250 raised: Event entry (goodie bag, t-shirt, food, drink and tons of fun!)**

Don't forget, you can fundraise until April 1, 2013!

Please visit our website for prize rules and regulations by clicking here.

*In addition to the prize listed, fundraisers at these levels also receive: a complimentary lift ticket on event day(s), event entry, goodie bag, t-shirt, food, drink and tons of fun!  

**Please note fundraising minimums for event entry & ski pass vary depending on host mountain.

***Prizes from $1,000 to Top Prize are not cumulative. 

Bob with fellow
CAN DO Program Alumni
"I decided to take the bull by the horns and see how far he would throw me" 
-Bob H. CAN DOŽ Program Alumni 


Every once in a while we are lucky enough to meet someone who takes the can do spirit to a whole new level. Last May Bob Hughes attended our CAN DO Program in Vail, CO for the second time. His sense of humor and overwhelmingly positive attitude became contagious. Whether he was telling stories of his five day...Read More
Support for the Partner   
By: Can Do MS Programs Consultants: David Rintell Ed.D  
Being a support person to someone with MS often involves many challenges, but can also be enormously rewarding. One of the most significant challenges is to take care of oneself, and meet one's own needs, while at the same time helping to support and care for a loved one.  But we know that if you do not take care of yourself, you may become unable to...Read Article.  
Ask the Can Do Team
An online Q & A for people living with multiple sclerosis and their support partners to connect with our interdisciplinary team of MS experts.

Submitted by: Maria M., Living with MS

I have had MS for 13 years. I have gotten worse in the past 2 1/2 years. Since this has happened it has been much harder for my family to care for me. I have a family and my husband is having a hard time dealing with this. I need to make our home handicap accessible so I can do things much easier. I know I'm capable but it's very hard without the right setup. Can you help me to get started to take my life back and be the person I know I can be?
Your first step will be to contact a MS Navigator through the National MS Society (1-800-582-5296). An application will be sent to you to fill out to receive financial assistance/start the process for a home evaluation by a medical professional, such as an occupational or physical therapist, pending on who is available where you live. Read the full answer from Occupational Therapist

-Ann Mullinix, OTR/L
(Can Do MS Programs Consultant)   

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.

With Valentine's Day around the corner this month's webinar is the perfect fit! If your support partner can't make it, watch it for them and take some notes, it could be the perfect Valentine's Day gift! Dr. David Rintell, Psychologist, will discuss how to manage the challenges, adapt to the changes and acknowledge the feelings that go with them. Dr. Rintell will also discuss finding comfortable ways to talk about those changes.



Strategies for Safe Eating & Swallowing
Tuesday, March 12, 2013, 8:00 - 9:00 p.m. Easter Standard Time 

2 Experts. 1 Topic. 0 Cost to you.

Between 30 and 40 percent of people with multiple sclerosis experience swallowing problems, or dysphagia, at some time. This webinar will focus on how swallowing issues are evaluated, diagnosed and treated. Along with discussing the roles nutrition and food texture modification play in management of swallowing problems.

Can Do MS Webinar Series are made possible by: Genzyme

2013 Refer-a-Friend Incentive

Get your friends involved with Vertical Express and win cool prizes!  


To view rules & regulations, Click here

4th Annual Meet the Brewers Festival-Saturday, February 16th    

A fundraising event benefiting Vertical Express at Squaw Valley   


We are proud to announce another Vertical Express fundraising event! The 4th Annual Meet the Brewers Beer Festival is back and better than ever. More breweries, the best food trucks in the Bay, and new additions to festival activities will make this a day to remember. Join us for the biggest San Francisco Beer Week event in Silicon Valley.  Make sure to purchase your tickets in advance by clicking here.   


Where: Tied House Brewing and Hermitage Brewing Company, 1627 S 7th St, San Jose, CA 95112
When: Saturday, February 16, 12pm-5pm

Crystal Mtn. Poker Party
Raise money to fight Multiple Sclerosis one hand at a time!
Federal Way, WA
February 9, 2013
Meet the Brewers Festival
New this year: More breweries, the best food trucks in the Bay, and new additions to festival activities will make this a day to remember.
San Jose, CA
February 16, 2013
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. 
Crystal Mountain, WA
February 22-24, 2013
Schweitzer Mountain, ID
March 9, 2013
Squaw Valley USA, CA
March 9-10, 2013
Did You Know?
There are just four simple strategies that can help you have more success in the kitchen.    
Can Do Promise Of The Month
Kevin W.
52-year-old man with R&R MS who
lost 165 lbs since attending the
CAN DO Program. 

in charge of my life
and health.

continue to be an MS advocate, volunteer and source of inspiration
and knowledge.

continue to fight the fight for myself and others, failure is no option.

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