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Vertical Express for Can Do MS
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    Vertical Express for Can Do MS Events Crystal Mountain, WA Schweitzer Mountain Resort, ID Squaw Valley USA, CA Vail, CO
    Vertical Express for Can Do MS

    Gary Crandall sent me home with much 'food for thought.' As a result of his discussion with us, I will be able to exercise more effectively and efficiently. My motivation to push myself intelligently got a boost. My husband came home feeling more equipped to focus on his self-care and well-being for which I'm deeply appreciative.

    Julie H., JUMPSTART Program Participant
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    Event History


    A series of on-snow fundraising events and activities for skiers, boarders and telemarkers of all ages and abilities. Join us and participate in a variety of on-snow events at ski resorts around the country to raise money for Can Do MS’s lifestyle empowerment programs. Each event is as unique as its host mountain.

    Can Do Multiple Sclerosis’s roots run deep in the skiing world. When Jimmie Heuga was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis (MS), it was a blow to the tight-knit racing community. Later, when he established The Jimmie Heuga Center (now known as Can Do MS), the skiing community stepped up to the financial challenge. In May 1985, friends and associates of Jimmie Heuga organized the first Snow Express for MS, a massive fundraiser in Alyeska, Alaska. Ten participants, including Olympians Jean Claude Killy, Phil and Steve Mahre, Billy Kidd, Stein Eriksen and Bernhard Russi broke records when they skied one million vertical feet in 24 hours. This event raised the seed money to start Can Do Multiple Sclerosis, a national nonprofit and leading provider of innovative lifestyle empowerment programs that empower people with MS and their support partners to transform and improve their quality of life.

    Over the years this event was broadened to include participants of all ages and abilities and grew to be one of the premier on-snow fundraising events in North America. Thousands have participated at 30 different ski areas, raising as much as $1 million per year for the organization.

    Although Can Do MS has now diversified its funding sources, Vertical Express for Can Do MS continues to be a signature fundraising event. Additionally the event series increases awareness about Can Do MS’s work while maintaining a strong connection to the skiing world. Participants enjoy camaraderie, on-snow events, and the opportunity to win great prizes. But most importantly, they participate to make a difference in the lives of people with MS.

    Since its inception in 1985, Vertical Express for Can Do MS has raised over $11 million to provide innovative lifestyle empowerment programs for people living with MS and their support partners.

    Remember*Celebrate Jimmie Heuga’s Can Do Spirit

     

    100 W. Beaver Creek Blvd. Suite 200 PO Box 5860 Avon, CO 81620 Phone: 970-926-1290 or 800-367-3101 Fax: 970-926-1295 Email: info@mscando.org
    MS Coalition Charity Navigator Consortium of Multiple Sclerosis Centers Independent Charities of America Humane Charity

    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.