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Golf helps those living with Multiple Sclerosis

Carolyn Pope
Special to The Vail TrailThe winning team from Slifer, Smith & Frampton; Mike Spear, Ed Levy, Kirk Van Hee and Rick Pirog.
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June 9, golfers hit the Cordillera Mountain Course to help out those living with multiple sclerosis.Twenty-three teams entered the contest, which kicked off at the Outback Steakhouse on the 8th followed by the golf tournament on the 9th.The event was sponsored by Slifer, Smith and Frampton Real Estate, with the funds designated to go to the health and wellness programs of the Heuga Center for Multiple Sclerosis. It was the 15th year for the tournament, and it seemed only appropriate the team of Mike Spear, Rick Pirog, Kirk Van Hee and Ed Levy of Slifer, Smith and Frampton won the grand prize trip to La Costa Golf Resort in California. The Heuga Center is a nationally recognized non-profit, known for its five-day CAN DO, two-day CAN DO 2, and one-day JUMPSTART programs. The CAN DO program will be held in Vail this coming November.

Multiple sclerosis, or MS, is the most common neurological disease among adults between the ages of 20 and 40. Around 400,000 Americans are living with the unpredictable disease that attacks the central nervous system. Symptoms can include numbness in the limbs, fatigue and loss of vision. Olympic skier Jimmie Heuga was still skiing competitively in the 1960s when he was diagnosed with MS. Instead of letting the disease get the better of him, he took the skis by their tips and took things into his own hands, founding the center in 1984. The center represents Heugas positive mental attitude and joie de vivre and serves more than 10,000 people per year.For more information on The Heuga Center for Multiple Sclerosis, visit their Web site at http://www.heuga.org.


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