December 2013

We're excited to unveil our new VIDEO titled The CAN DO Journey: Empowering Lives. We couldn't be more thrilled to share what we've been achieving for the last 29 years!
Click "play" on the video below to peer inside the walls of our programs to see the work we do.

Watch How We
Change Lives.

Help us reach our fundraising goal of $35,000 by December 31st. Donate Today!
"I'm not overly emotional. But the burst of energy I got while walking was so intense and complex. I was excited, amazed-even sad that it had been so long since I walked."
- Valarie B. CAN DOŽ Program Alumni 




Valarie Brunjes, 36, smiles as she recalls her experience with Can Do Multiple Sclerosis.


"It hits me in the heart and leaves me speechless."  


Her eyes widen as she breaks into an easy laugh. Val admits she's rarely at a loss for words. She glances to the wheelchair she's used for the last three years.


"It's hard to explain. It's overwhelming. I mean, I walked. I walked!"   

Val's story with multiple sclerosis began 10 years ago, when the cries of her newborn daughter woke her from a deep sleep. Val's legs were numb. Always an active person, she thought...Read More 

Can Do MS Programs Consultants: Rosalind Kalb, PhD & Mandy Rohrig, PT, DPT  
Multiple sclerosis often involves "stormy" periods that can rattle the foundations for you and your family members. The "storms" or challenges of MS may include adapting to the diagnosis, changes in functional abilities and the use of new or different adaptive devices, among other obstacles. Or, it may involve daily challenges such as driving independently or...Read Article.

Want to learn more? Register now for next week's webinar on  
Ask the Can Do Team
An online Q & A for people living with multiple sclerosis and their support partners that connects them to our interdisciplinary team of MS experts.

Submitted by: Laura J., Living with MS


How can I easily make stretching a part of my daily routine? I benefit greatly from doing it, but I forget to incorporate it into my day. I am also active, finding it difficult to make the time for stretching. I would love to get it done in the morning, but I can't seem to incorporate it successfully into my routine.


Can Do MS Programs Consultants: Patricia Bobryk, PT & Linda Walls, OTR

Being consistent with an exercise program is always a challenge. Many factors come into play: time constraints, energy level, other obligations and even motivation. My best advice for incorporating exercise into your daily routine (whether it is stretching or any other form of exercise) is to follow the philosophy of intermittent exercise. If you can view your exercise program as a...
Read full answers from Physical Therapist & Occupational Therapist.

Coping and Adaptation: Strategies for Individuals and Families Living with MS
Tuesday, December 10, 2013,
8:00 - 9:15 p.m. Eastern Standard Time



2 Experts. 1 Topic. 0 Cost to you.

Living with MS involves change for everyone in the family. All changes, whether positive or negative, require us to cope and adapt. And changes of many kinds occur repeatedly over the course of MS. Join this webinar to hear a psychologist and a physical therapist discuss how varied approaches to coping - thinking, feeling, sharing and
doing - can work for you.

Click Here To Register  


Can Do MS 2013 Webinar Series is made possible by: 



New Year, New Changes: Tips on Daily Living with MS
Tuesday, January 14, 2014,
8:00 - 9:15 p.m. Eastern Standard Time


This webinar will provide expertise on how to make positive changes happen for the start of 2014 that will feel realistic and encouraging.  These changes will help you incorporate healthy eating habits into your diet and engage in meaningful daily activities to keep your mind and body healthy, energized and comfortable.


Click Here To Register


Colorado Gives Day

Tuesday, December 10, 2013 

Support Can Do MS on Colorado Gives Day! Join Coloradans on Tuesday, December 10, 2013, as we all come together again to raise millions of dollars for nonprofits like ours. Last year, a remarkable $15.7 million was distributed to Colorado nonprofits.


Here is how it works:
  • You don't have to live in Colorado to give!
  • 100% of your donation comes to us (no processing fees)!
  • The value of your donation is increased thanks to the 1st Bank Incentive Fund.
  • Schedule your donation today, and it will be processed on December 10th. 
Schedule My Donation!

Click here to learn more about Colorado Gives Day.

13th Annual Winter Wine & Ski Expo

2013 Wrap Up!  


On November 20th, the Atlantis Casino Resort Spa in Reno, Nevada hosted the 13th annual Winter Wine & Ski Expo.  


Participants enjoyed sampling wine, beer and food from local businesses with a winter fashion show hosted by Scheels.  


There were over 550 people in attendance including some past CAN DO Program participants (bottom right picture)!


Special thanks to our sponsors:
Atlantis Casino Resort Spa I Scheels I Wirtz Beverage 


Thanks to all the volunteers, attendees and all of our sponsors for making this a signature fundraising event for Can Do MS!   


We look forward to seeing you next year!

Rolex Raffle Winner Announced!
Congratulations to the 2013 Rolex "100" Raffle winner Brent Ferrera from Truckee, CA who is a program participant!
Brent & his wife Crescent
Thanks to everyone who purchased a ticket
this year! 
Colorado Gives Day
 December 10, 2013
Schedule Your Donation!

Get your end-of-year giving done early! By contributing on Colorado Gives Day, your donation will go further, thanks to the generosity of the Community First Foundation
and FirstBank.
2014 Vertical Express Dates Announced!

Vail, CO

February 8, 2014

Crystal Mtn, WA
March 1, 2014

Squaw Valley, CA
March 1, 2014

Schweitzer Mtn, ID
March 8, 2014

MS In The News
NASCAR Driver Trevor Bayne  was recently diagnosed with MS. Learn how he is managing his disease.  
Did You Know?
You can reduce your stress and fatigue during the holiday season by prioritizing your
favorite activities.

Can Do Promise Of The Month
Gary P.
Living with MS
for 17 years

truly grateful that I can be a productive member
of society.

continue exercising as an MS management strategy.

climb Mt. Kilimanjaro with my family.

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