January 2014

Happy New Year!

we say goodbye to 2013, take a look at some of the exciting news we look forward to sharing with you in 2014...

  • Celebrating our 30th Anniversary! (1984 - 2014)
    Jimmie Heuga founded Can Do MS in 1984 to
    challenge the conventional medical advice of the time and to share his program of physical activity, goal-setting and psychological motivation that improved his physical condition and outlook on life with MS. 
  • Honoring the 50th Anniversary of Jimmie Heuga's bronze medal win in the 1964 Innsbruck Olympics.
  • Hosting a new Vertical Express in our hometown on Vail Mountain. See more details in the event section in this Enews.
  • Serving more people living with MS in 2014! Take a look at our Programs Spotlight in this Enews to see where we will be traveling this year.
  • Welcoming you to our new office in Avon, Colorado - The heart of the Vail Valley. Our new Avon location is only a few miles away from our previous office location in Edwards, CO. This location lets our can do team take advantage of all the activities Colorado has to offer. We're all huge advocates for our community, and we're thrilled that our office location now furthers that commitment.
Pcitured (left to right): Wilder Heuga, Jimmie Heuga, Billy Kidd
Pictured (left to right): Wilder Heuga, Jimmie Heuga, Billy Kidd
"When it came to skiing he wasn't adamant on giving me tips on being a great racer, what he taught me was the love for skiing. "
- Wilder Heuga (interview with Wilder and Billy Kidd)



Can Do MS is celebrating two important anniversaries in 2014. First, it marks the 50th Anniversary of our Founder Jimmie Heuga winning an Olympic medal. On February 8, 1964, Heuga and U.S. Ski Team teammate, Billy Kidd, were the first American men to win medals in Alpine skiing. This year also marks Can Do Multiple Sclerosis's 30th Anniversary of empowering people living with multiple sclerosis (MS). To capture the spirit and history of Heuga's legacy in both skiing and the MS community, we sat down with friend and teammate, Billy Kidd, and Heuga's oldest son, Wilder.

Read the full interview with Billy Kidd and Wilder Heuga 
The ABC's & XYZ's of Daily Living with MS   
Can Do MS Programs Consultants:
Denise Nowack, RD & Ann Mullinix, OTR/L   
Managing your MS is more than making doctor appointments, taking medications and using your energy to perform the activities that "should be done." Making time for the activities that bring joy and fulfillment are important to improve health and overall well-being. Finding solutions that help you reclaim the things you love and enhance...Read Article. 
Watch the archive of last nights webinar on this topic! 
Program Spotlight

2014 Programs Announced!


Can Do MS has announced its programs for 2014! There are 20 programs scheduled this year, including one-day JUMPSTART® and JUMPSTART
IN MOTION Programs, two-day TAKE CHARGE™ Programs and our popular webinar series!

Please visit our programs page to find more detailed information regarding program location, dates, registration information and answers to frequently asked questions.  


Check to see if Can Do MS will be coming to your city soon!

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: Kevin Walter, CAN DO Program Alumni


Is there a safe and viable way for MS patients to recover from physical fatigue and help maintain muscle mass and body weight?


Can Do MS Programs Consultant: Alexander Ng, PhD

The nature of your question leads me to believe that you are initially referring to recovery from physical activity or exercise. Recovery is directly related to the activity that causes the physical fatigue. The more intense or harder the activity, and the longer the duration of activity, the longer will be the recovery time. If you are having difficulty... Read full answer from the Exercise Physiologist.

Keeping Your Relationship Alive: The Physical and Emotional Aspects of Intimacy in MS 
Tuesday, February 11, 2014,
8:00 - 9:15 p.m. Eastern Standard Time



2 Experts. 1 Topic. 0 Cost to you.  
Join us for this special Valentine's month webinar. We will discuss ways to improve communication with your support partner, as well as restore, rebuild and increase intimacy.
Click Here To Register


Can Do MS Webinar Series is made possible by:
2014 Vertical Express

Ski & Celebrate our 30th Anniversary!  


Check out our new Vertical Express video to get pumped to ski or ride to make a difference!


Our annual Vertical Express for Can Do MS event series is quickly approaching! This important annual event not only helps us raise funds for our lifestyle empowerment programs, but this year, the event will also commemorate the legacy of our founder Jimmie Heuga.


Skiers, snowboarders and telemarkers of all ages and abilities are invited to join us at one of the four ski resorts below to participate in a day of fun on the mountain, all while supporting our programs!


Click the mountain(s) below to register for only $25 and learn more!

 2014 Vertical Express for Can Do MS Dates & Locations 

Vail, CO - February 8th
Crystal Mountain, WA - March 1st
Squaw Valley, CA - March 1st
 Schweitzer Mountain, ID - March 8th  


National Sponsors: 

Teva Neuroscience I Swany America 

2013 End of Year Fundraising Campaign Wrap-Up


The donations have been tallied, and we are thrilled to report that we raised $32,571!

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 Valarie, who willingly shared her can do story to inspire others to give to our organization. 


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


Crystal Mtn. Kick-off Party
Your chance to register, win prizes, meet great people and enjoy food & drink specials!

Jan. 18th Seattle, WA 
Vail Mtn. Registration Party
Join us at the Nina McLemore store in Vail Village to register and
win prizes!

Jan. 29th Vail, CO 
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. 
Mountain, CO

February 8, 2014
Crystal Mountain, WA
March 1, 2014
Valley, CA

  March 1, 2014
Schweitzer Mountain, ID
  March 8, 2014
Did You Know?
Difficulty with speaking clearly (dysarthria) may occur in up to 40% of people with multiple sclerosis (MS).     
Can Do Promise Of The Month
CAN DO® Program Alumni, living with MS.  

ready and aware.

adjust my mindset.

know what I can do today. 

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