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    Can Do MS & National MS Society Announce Collaborative Partnership

    Posted Tuesday, March 30, 2010

    MS Organizations Work Together to Improve Lives of People Living With Multiple Sclerosis

    DENVER • March 26, 2010 - Can Do Multiple Sclerosis and the National Multiple Sclerosis Society announce a collaborative partnership to align resources and more effectively improve the quality of life of people living with MS and their support partners. The goal of the partnership is to go beyond traditional health and wellness programs and enable people living with MS to live their best lives.

    “We’re delighted to partner with Can Do MS to deliver a comprehensive level of engaging, experiential and active-learning programs that help people with MS and their support partners achieve a higher level of health and well-being,” said Nancy Law, Executive Vice President, Programs & Services, National MS Society.

    Can Do MS’s CEO, Kim Sharkey adds, “This new relationship with the National MS Society allows our organizations to act together as strong advocates, role models and partners for the power of physical activity, movement and empowered wellness as a vital part of MS care management,” said Sharkey.

    Can Do MS not only has a positive impact on the overall well-being of the patient, but is gaining a positive effect on the entire field of MS care management, including medical providers, allied health professionals and insurance providers, according to Sharkey. “The health care industry is now looking to comprehensive wellness programs as a viable complementary care option and clinically-sound approach to reduce health care costs while improving the conditions of patients,” she said.
    About Can Do Multiple Sclerosis:

    A national nonprofit organization based in Edwards, CO, Can Do MS is an innovative provider of lifestyle empowerment programs. The organization uses health, wellness and lifestyle principles to empower people with the knowledge, skills, tools and confidence to realize their power to create well-being and transform their lives.  For more information, please visit the organization’s Web site at or call 800-367-3101.

    About the National Multiple Sclerosis Society:

    MS stops people from moving. The National MS Society exists to make sure it doesn’t. The Society helps each person address the challenges of living with MS. In 2009 alone, through the national office and 50-state network of chapters, the Society devoted more than $132 million to programs that enhanced more than one million lives. To move closer to a world free of MS, the Society also invested over $36 million to support 375 research projects around the world.  For more information, please go to or call 800-344-4867.

    About Multiple Sclerosis:

    Multiple sclerosis, an unpredictable, often disabling disease of the central nervous system, interrupts the flow of information within the brain and between the brain and the rest of the body. Every hour in the United States, someone is newly diagnosed with MS. Symptoms range from reduced or lost mobility to numbness and tingling to blindness and paralysis. The progress, severity and specific symptoms of MS in any one person cannot yet be predicted, but advances in research and treatment are moving us closer to a world free of MS. Most people with MS are diagnosed between the ages of 20 and 50, with at least two to three times more women than men being diagnosed with the disease. MS affects more than 400,000 people in the U.S., and 2.1 million worldwide.

    Media Contact information:

    Monica Tall                                             Shawna Golden
    Can Do Multiple Sclerosis                 National Multiple Sclerosis Society
    800-367-3101 (toll free)                   800-344-4867 (toll free)
    970-926-1270 (direct)                      303-698-6100, x.15168 (direct)                 


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    Can Do Multiple Sclerosis™ is a 501 (c)(3) nonprofit organization.
    Charitable Organization Number: 74-2337853

    Formerly The Heuga Center for Multiple Sclerosis | Founded by Jimmie Heuga

    A national nonprofit organization, Can Do MS is a leading provider of innovative lifestyle empowerment programs
    that empower people with MS and their support partners to transform and improve their quality of life.

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