April 2017

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For 32 years, SKI for MS has helped families with MS thrive!

Thanks to the support of 385 participants, 100 volunteers, 1,450 donors, and nine host mountains, $294,474 was raised to help us deliver more life-changing health and wellness educational programs to more people with MS - at no cost to them.

Congratulations to the top three individual fundraisers!
A very special thank you to our top overall fundraiser, Sarah, who raised a whopping $15,338!  Long-time supporters, Louis and David weren't far behind, bringing in $10,738 and $10,037 to help transform lives!

Thank you to our national sponsors: Sanofi Genzyme, Biogen, Teva Pharmaceuticals, Swany America, Antlers at Vail, Scott Sports, Mountainsmith, Double Diamond, and Sun & Ski.

Stay tuned! SKI for MS 2018 dates and locations will be announced soon!
The Passion Behind SKI for MS
SKI for MS 2017 is a wrap, but the commitment to continuing founder Jimmie Heuga's mission grows stronger. A special thank you to Can Do MS Board Treasurer, David Madden, for this touching tribute.

Tangible and Non-Tangible Aspects of Exercise
Researchers are finding increased specific benefits related to exercising with MS, such as neuroprotection and lessening the decline in cognitive function. However, all exercise is not created equal. A well-balanced fitness program needs a number of components - some tangible, some not so tangible.  Read more .
I am having increasing trouble stepping in and out of my stand-alone shower. I do have something to hang on to, but am having significant trouble lifting my leg over the shower pan lip. Any recommendations without spending major money on renovations?

Have a question? Ask us!
Register Now for Orlando, FL, JUMPSTARTĀ® Program
Join us in Orlando, FL, on Saturday, June 3, 2017 for a free, one-day JUMPSTART ProgramThis educational and interactive program enables people with MS and their support partners learn the knowledge, skills, and tools to adopt healthy lifestyle behaviors and actively co-manage their MS.  Learn more and register .

Yoga and Non-Cardio Exercises: Your Allies in Managing MS Symptoms and Improving Overall Health
Tuesday, April 11, 2017, 8 - 9:15 pm ET
In partnership with the National MS Society.

Non-cardio exercises, including yoga and seated stretches, can help positively manage your MS symptoms, including pain, fatigue, weakenss, mobility issues, and bladder/bowel dysfunction, and promote your overall health. Best of all, these activities are accessible to everyone of all abilities. With some creativity and adaptations, everyone can do something! 

Please join us at no charge.

Keeping an Eye on MS
Tuesday, May 9, 2017, 8 - 9:15 p.m. ET
In partnership with the National MS Society.

Medical treatment for the three main visual problems that occur in MS (optic neuritis, double vision, and nystagmus) is often steroids, which help accelerate the recovery of the visual problem. But in some individuals, the visual problems may not fully recover and may become permanent. Join us for a discussion on strategies and technologies that allow individuals to maintain optimal function after permanent vision loss from MS.

Please join us at no charge.

The 2017 Can Do MS Webinar and Telelearning Series is made possible by:

Sanofi Genzyme  |  Biogen  |  EMD Serono
Genentech  |  Mallinckdrodt Pharmaceuticals
Teva Pharmaceuticals  |  Acorda Therapeutics

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A Mother's Day Gift Idea That Gives Back
Mother's Day is May 14th!

If you're looking for the perfect gift that also pays it forward, shop AmazonSmile and chose Can Do MS as your nonprofit. 

With every purchase you make, Amazon will make a contribution to Can Do MS, enabling us to provide more free educational health programs to families with MS. Shop now.

MS In The News

Welcome to two new team members!
Meaghan Stepanek joined us earlier this year as Event and Donor Relations Manager and Alessandra Iuppa as Development Coordinator.

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A national nonprofit organization based in Avon, Colo.,  Can Do MS transforms the 
lives of people with MS  by  delivering  health educational programs  on exercise, nutrition, 
and symptom management, inspiring and motivating long-lasting change to help those with MS thrive.