September 2017

"I #KickMS by getting outside every day." - Nicole, Can Do MS Program Alumna and MS blogger 

#KickMS - Share What You CAN DO!
September is Can Do Month and this year, we are celebrating by kicking MS! 

Join the #KickMS movement and share a photo or video showing how you #KickMS in your own unique way... hiking, painting, cooking, spending time with your family, or anything you can do

Upload your photo online or share it on the Can Do MS Facebook page using the hashtag #KickMS. 

Can Do Month is supported by BiogenGenentech Inc.Sanofi Genzyme, and Teva Neuroscience.
I recently started to struggle with spasticity in my hamstrings. Will you point me in a good direction for finding exercises to increase strength and range of motion? Do I need to focus on the hamstrings or include the muscle groups around them? 

Have a question? Ask us!

While no one plans to get sick or hurt, health insurance protects you from unexpected medical costs and offers other benefits like preventative care. We have taken some common questions and offered strategies and solutions to help to navigate this sometimes overwhelming world of health insurance. Read more.

Daina and Bruce, CAN DO ® Program Alumni 

More Than 21,000 Lives Impacted This Year
So far this year, over 21,000  people with MS and their families have been impacted through our educational health programs on exercise, nutrition, symptom management, and motivation.  Thanks to the support of scholarships, each and every person received these programs free of charge. 

There are still several in-person and online programs coming up before the end of the year. Join us!



Tuesday, September 12, 2017, 8 - 9:15 p.m. ET
In partnership with the National MS Society.

In this  webinar, advocates and counselors from the Patient Advocate Foundation and National MS Society will discuss common areas of confusion around health insurance affecting people with MS, how they work to resolve them, and resources and tips for getting the most out of health insurance coverage.

Please join us at no charge.

Discover the Invisible: Pain and Depression in MS
Tuesday, October 10, 2017, 8 - 9:15 pm ET
In partnership with the National MS Society.

"But you look so good." Many people living with MS have heard these words from family or friends. However, many of its most devastating effects cannot be seen, but are unmistakably present in your everyday lives. Iparticular, pain and depression are some of the most common, yet misunderstood MS symptoms. Join us for a discussion on resources, therapies, coping strategies, and comprehensive self-help techniques to take charge of your pain and depression and get you on the road to thriving.

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  |  Novartis  |  Teva Pharmaceuticals
Acorda Therapeutics  |  Mallinckdrodt Pharmaceuticals

Over $42,000 Raised at Alpen Wine Fest
Nearly 600 wine enthusiasts attended this year's 29th Annual Alpen Wine Fest in beautiful Squaw Valley, California, raising $42,392! 100% of proceeds go directly to program scholarships for families with MS.

Gorgeous weather, live music, and over 40 wineries made for an all-around perfect precursor to Labor Day.  Special thanks to all of our amazing volunteers and to the  The Village at Squaw Valley , Uncorked , and KVMR .  
Get Involved
Gene, MS Global fundraiser
Win a Parlee Altum Road Bike! 
Raffle tickets on sale now.

After being diagnosed with MS seven years ago, Gene Caffrey found that exercise reduced his MS symptoms. When the disease took away his ability to run, he turned to something he could do: cycling. 

Now, as a fundraiser for MS Global, he is biking over 300 miles next week in Mallorca, Spain, to help families with MS thrive.
As part of his fundraising efforts, Gene launched a charity raffle100% of raffle proceeds go directly to providing Can Do MS program scholarships for families with MS. 

One lucky raffle winner will receive a Shimano-equipped, Parlee Altum frame with level 1 graphics. Estimated value: $7,000.

Raffle tickets are on sale through October 24, 2017. 

Special thanks to The Cycle Surgeon, Shimano, and Parlee Cycles. 

MS In The News
MS and the Flu
The flu is not pleasant for anyone, but for people with multiple sclerosis, the respiratory infection can prompt a disease relapse. 

Can Do Month

MS Global
September 10-17
Mallorca, Spain


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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.