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Can Do MS Annual Autumn Benefit

    The CAN DO Program staff weren’t talking about the things that I was no longer able to do. They were emphasizing what I still could do. It was so uplifting.

    Jonna P., CAN DO & JUMPSTART Program Participant

    Past Honorees

    2013 Honoree

    Clay Walker
    Founder of Band Against MS and Country Music Star.

    Clay WalkerWebsite-Wrap-Up first topped the Billboard country singles chart in 1993 with “What’s It to You” and followed with his second consecutive No. 1 hit, “Live Until I Die.” Since then he’s placed 31 titles on Billboard’s singles chart. He’s scored four platinum-selling albums, signifying sales of a million units, and two gold albums, discs that sold over 500,0000 units.

    Clay Walker was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis in 1996 at the peak of his musical career. “If you’d asked me when I was diagnosed that first day if I would still be alive, I would have said ‘No’ because that’s what the doctor’s said,” he admits. “Here I am, and actually I’m probably healthier than I was [when I was diagnosed.]” Clay set his mind to overcome the obstacles MS set before him. Since them, he has founded Band Against MS (BAMS) to fight the disease and has raised upwards of $2,000,000 for the cause.

    2013 Clay Walker, Founder of Band Against MS and Country Music Star
    2012 Pat Kennedy, Nurse Educator & Programs Consultant, Can Do MS & President, International Organization of MS Nurses
    2011  Joyce Nelson, President and Chief Executive Officer Emeritus of the National Multiple Sclerosis Society
    2010  June Halper, MSN, ANP, FAAN
    2009  Brenda Snow
    2008  Randall T. Schapiro, M.D.
    2007  The Multiple Sclerosis Coalition
    2006  Teri Garr
    2005  Richard Cohen and Meredith Vieira
    2004  Walter Fischer
    2003  Billy Kidd
    2002  David Dana
    2001  Jean Claude Killy
    2000  Bruce Hallett
    1999  Roland Puton
    1998  Tom Brokaw
    1997  Bob Beattie
    1996  Don Elliman
    1995  The 1985 Alyeska Olympians:  Paul Crews, Stein Eriksen, Leif Grevle, Mike Halstead, Jan Helén, Billy Kidd, Jean Claude Killy, Steve Lathrop, Phil Mahre, Bernhard Russi
    1994  Jean Claude Killy
    1993  Tommy John
    1992  Greg LeMond
    1991  Crown Royal Achievement Award:  Scott Hamilton, Wilma Rudolph, Rocky Bleier, Jeff Blatnick, Tommy John, Gayle Sayers
    1990  The Honorable Jack Kemp
    1989  Chris Evert and Andy Mill
    1988  Jimmie Heuga and Billy Kidd

    Launched by Debbie Dana Heuga and David Dana in 1985, Annual Autumn Benefit celebrates the legacy of organizational founder Jimmie Heuga by honoring an individual in the community who demonstrates the can do spirit and who has made a significant contribution to improving the lives of others with MS.

    PO Box 5860 Avon, CO 81620 Phone: 970-926-1290 or 800-367-3101 Fax: 970-926-1295 Email:
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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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