EDWARDS — Can Do Day is an annual campaign which honors Can Do Multiple Sclerosis’ founder and Olympic medalist skier, Jimmie Heuga, on his birthday, Sept. 22.
On this day, Can Do MS supporters focus on what they can do and then do it to inspire others and help raise awareness about multiple sclerosis. New this year, local restaurants are teaming up with Can Do MS to support A Can Do Day of Giving.
On Sunday, a variety of local restaurants will show what they can do by donating a percentage of their profits to Can Do MS to support its lifestyle empowerment programs. Restaurant owners hope the program will bring in new customers and give their regulars another reason to dine out while supporting a good cause.
Participating restaurants include Crazy Mountain Brewery, Gore Range Brewery, Larkspur, Main Street Grill, The Rose, Terra Bistro, Yama Sushi and Yeti’s Grind.
Beginning of Can Do MS
“Can Do MS was founded in the Vail Valley 29 years ago by Jimmie Heuga, a pioneer in the MS care management field who was diagnosed with MS in 1970. Jimmie’s drive and commitment to bringing a better quality of life to others like him led to the creation of what was then the Jimmie Heuga Center for MS,” said Heidi A. Heltzel, president and CEO for Can Do MS. “In addition to helping fulfill our mission, we’re excited about partnering with area restaurants in an effort to engage the whole community in celebrating the ongoing success of Jimmie’s vision.”
To learn more about the restaurant fundraiser program, visit www.ms cando.org/restaurants. If you are a local restaurant owner and would like to get involved with A Can Do Day of Giving, contact Laura Jones via email at email@example.com or call 970-926-1292.
To get involved with Can Do Day virtually, fans are invited to visit Can Do MS on Facebook to submit a pledge on what they can do. Then on Sunday, Can Do Day, they are encouraged to post a photo of themselves fulfilling their pledge. The person with the most likes on their photo will win a $50 gift certificate from Trek Light Gear, a Columbia fleece jacket and more.
At the time of his diagnosis, Heuga was advised to avoid physical activity to preserve his health. Being a high-caliber athlete and rebelling against his prescribed sedentary lifestyle, Heuga began developing his own program of exercise and his condition improved. He not only realized the power of exercise, nutrition, positive thinking and movement to enhance his life with MS, more importantly, he realized that by focusing on what he could do rather than what he could not, he was able to go beyond perceived limitations to live his best life with MS.
MS is a chronic neurological disorder that affects the central nervous system, which is made up of the brain, spinal cord and optic nerves. The progress, severity and specific symptoms of MS are unpredictable and vary from one person to another. MS has no known cause or cure.
Get involved today by sharing a Can Do Day pledge on Can Do MS’ Facebook page at www.facebook.com/candomultiplesclerosis.
A national nonprofit organization based in Edwards, Can Do MS is an innovative provider of lifestyle empowerment programs that empower people with MS and their support partners to transform and improve their quality of life. For more information, visit the organization’s website at www.mscando.org or call 970-926-1290.