Contact:
Alisa Santiesteban
970-926-1277
asantiesteban@mscando.org 

Avon, Colo. (January 3, 2018) – SKI for MS, a day-long community fundraising ski event benefiting families with multiple sclerosis (MS), will kick off February 3, 2018, with six events across the country. This historical event series benefits Can Do MS, a national nonprofit organization that transforms lives by delivering health and wellness education programs on exercise, nutrition, symptom management, and motivation to help families thrive.

 The event series will visit six mountains in 2018: 

  • February 3: Loon Mountain, New Hampshire
  • February 24: Vail Mountain, Colorado
  • February 24: Crystal Mountain, Washington
  • March 3: Squaw Valley, California
  • March 11: Pico Mountain, Vermont
  • March 17: Schweitzer Mountain, Idaho

Individuals can register for only $25 at mscando.org/SKIforMS or call 1-888-Do-It-4-MS.  SKI for MS is a fundraising event in which participants ask their friends and family to support their ski day on the mountain. The day-long event will feature skiing with friends, amateur ski races, the Jimmie Heuga memorial ski down honoring Can Do MS founder, and an après party.

Attendees who sign up to fundraise will receive a personal web page that they can customize with their own messages and photos to honor loved ones touched by MS and inspire others to support their participation. Fundraisers are encouraged to create a team with their friends and family to raise money and win a variety of exciting prizes.100% of every dollar raised through SKI for MS supports scholarships, which will enable hundreds of families with MS to attend life-changing programs, regardless of financial ability.

Can Do MS will also be providing scholarships for adaptive ski lessons facilitated by New England Disabled Sports (Loon Mountain), Vail Adaptive Program (Vail Mountain), Achieve Tahoe (Squaw Valley), and Vermont Adaptive Ski and Sports (Pico Mountain) during the SKI for MS event series. Scholarships will cover the cost of the lift ticket, adaptive ski lesson, and adaptive ski equipment for the person with MS.  To learn more, visit www.mscando.org/multiple-sclerosis-programs/adaptive.

Over the course of its 33-year history, the SKI for MS series has raised more than $11 million to support student scholarships and offer free educational programs for those with MS and their families to help them thrive. The more funds that are raised at this event, the more people Can Do MS will be able to serve. In 2018, Can Do MS aims to double its number of in-person programs for people living with MS. This event series will make that a reality.

Can Do MS honors the legacy and beliefs of founder and Olympic ski racing medalist Jimmie Heuga, a pioneer in the MS care management field, who was diagnosed with MS at the height of his skiing career and later went on to revolutionize the way MS is managed today.

The SKI for MS series is supported by presenting sponsor Sanofi Genzyme and national sponsors Antlers at Vail and Swany America.

About Can Do MS A national nonprofit organization based in Avon, Colo., Can Do MS transforms lives by delivering health and wellness education programs on exercise, nutrition, symptom management, and motivation to help families thrive. For more information, visit the organization’s website at mscando.org or call 800-367-3101.

About SKI for MS

Ski for MS began when Can Do MS founder Jimmie Heuga organized the first Snow Express for MS in Alyeska, AK. Original participants included fellow world-class skiers Jean Claude Killy, Phil and Steve Mahre, Billy Kidd, Stein Eriksen, and Bernhard Russi, who together broke records when they skied one million vertical feet in 24 hours. This event raised the seed money needed to start Can Do MS and it continues to be an important fundraiser for the organization.

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