February 2014

We are excited to announce our Vail Vertical Express was a huge success, forging new relationships and creating many new memories!  Over 180 people joined us on the mountain to celebrate the 50th Anniversary (to the day) of when our founder Jimmie Heuga and his good friend and teammate Billy Kidd became the first American men to medal in the Olympics on February 8th,1964 in Innsbruck, Austria.
Right Picture (left to right): Wilder Heuga, Blaze Heuga, Winston Heuga, Billy Kidd.
Photo © Stephanie Scott 
To help us celebrate, Vail mountain renamed a ski run to "Jimmie Heuga Express" for the day! Billy Kidd along with Jimmie's three sons Wilder, Blaze and Winston led a memorial ski down to honor and remember our founder. Participants also enjoyed an on-mountain scavenger hunt, slalom racing and après party where Winston Heuga's bluegrass band, 10th Mountain Division, cranked out some tunes!

We raised $33,383 (and counting...) at the Vail event and are looking forward to our next three Vertical Express for Can Do MS events at Squaw Valley, CA and Crystal Mountain, WA on March 1st and Schweitzer Mountain, ID on March 8th! Register for the these events by clicking the button below!
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When Dan Melfi heard the words "you have multiple sclerosis," the first thing that entered his mind was the fear of being inactive,

"If I can't continue being active, I'll go crazy!"

Thanks to our founder Jimmie Heuga, staying active is a huge part of one's daily routine when living with MS. Dan attended our CAN DO® Program in 2011 and has been using the tools and tips he learned from the program to stay active. As a Colorado native, skiing had been a sport he always enjoyed, but had given up because of MS. Last weekend, Dan summoned the courage to go ski again for the first time in 10 years. He was invited to participate in a pilot adaptive ski program hosted by Can Do MS, after just a few short hours on the slopes he was...
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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: Nanc A., Living with MS


I've learned that MRIs of people with secondary progressive MS often show no new activity and no new enhanced lesions, even as their walking and balance worsen through time. After those same results for many years, should I continue to get more MRIs?


Can Do MS Programs Consultants: David E. Jones, MD

Multiple sclerosis starts as a primarily inflammatory disease that we call "relapsing remitting," which over time transitions into a more degenerative disease that we term "secondary progressive"; however, in actuality, most MS patients have pathologic evidence of both processes, so the relevance of these terms is somewhat...Read full answer from Neurologist.

Saturday, April 12, 2014 - Melville, NY
Register today for our FREE interactive JUMPSTART IN MOTION Program in Melville, NY on Saturday, April 12, 2014.

Participants will gain knowledge on goal setting, nutrition, exercise, mobility and emotional well-being. Support partner sessions are included to specifically address their concerns in this unique one day program format. 

Presentations & Workshops Include (8:30am-3:00pm):
* Invisible Symptoms - Pat Kennedy, RN, CNP, MSCN
* Physical Activity & Wellness - Mandy Rohrig, PT, DPT
* Personal Growth: Expanding Your Horizons - David Rintell, EdD
* Support Partner Workshop - Roz Kalb, PhD

Register Today!

Get Fit, Stay Fit & Exercise with MS 
Tuesday, March 11, 2014,
8:00 - 9:15 p.m. Eastern Standard Time


2 Experts. 1 Topic. 0 Cost to you.

This webinar will teach you how to start exercising, what to do and/or how to improve your exercise regimen. Tammy and Alex will provide compelling reasons on why it is so important to become or remain active. They will also share practical tips and advice on how to become or stay fit regardless of the challenges you face with MS, or your current fitness level. 

Click Here To Register  

Can Do MS Webinar Series is made possible by:
Calling All Volunteers!

Discover the power of giving back.

Our Vertical Express event series is in full swing and we need your help! Volunteers are a key part of the event's success, and we can always use more people with the "right stuff"! 


To volunteer for any of the upcoming dates and locations, please contact Lynn Billings at lbillings@mscando.org or call 970.926.1292.  Please note there are also pre-event opportunities to volunteer for.  


Saturday, March 1st - Crystal Mountain, WA
Saturday, March 1st - Squaw Valley, CA

Saturday, March 8th - Schweitzer Mountain, ID


You can also register to participate at these events by visiting:



5th Annual Meet The Brewers Festival

Saturday, February 15th - San Jose, CA  


Our 5th Annual Meet the Brewers Craft Beer Festival is this weekend!  


Join us to taste from the best local breweries from Silicon Valley to Monterey Bay, as well as San Jose's best food trucks.  


Click here to learn more about the breweries and food trucks participating! 


When: Saturday, February 15, 2014, from 1:00 PM to 5:00 PM (PST)
Where: Hermitage Brewing Company
1627 South 7th Street, San Jose, CA 95112 

Ticket Info: $35 Unlimited Beer Tasting or $5 for Designated Driver  



Buy Tickets Online! 


All proceeds benefit Can Do MS. Click here to learn more! 


Meet the Brewers
Join us to taste the best local breweries from Silicon Valley to Monterey Bay, as well as San Jose's best food trucks.

February 15, 2014
San Jose, CA
2014 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
March 1, 2014
Valley, CA

March 1, 2014
Schweitzer Mountain, ID
March 8, 2014
Did You Know?
According to the Social Security Administration, MS is the third most common neurological cause of disability, behind only stroke
and epilepsy.

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