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Vail Valley: Can Do MS chats with Jimmie Heuga

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Special to the Vail DailyVail Valley: Jimmie Heuga was appointed the first campaign fundraising and public education director for the Jimmie Heuga Center Endowment in 2009
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VAIL VALLEY, Colorado –Can Do MS of the Vail Valley recently interviewed founder Jimmie Heuga to get his perspective on the Vail Valley-based organization’s future.

Heuga was appointed the first campaign fundraising and public education director for the Jimmie Heuga Center Endowment in 2009. In this outreach role, Heuga raises awareness and solicits contributions to support Can Do MS’s lifestyle empowerment programs and services now and in perpetuity.

Can Do MS: What is your vision for the future of the organization?

Jimmie Heuga: To fully offer programs throughout the U.S. and the world.

Q: Are you excited about your new role as fundraising and public education director of the Jimmie Heuga Center Endowment?

A: This new contract causes me to become, once again, active with Can Do MS in a different way, reinforcing my commitment to the cause.

Q. What have you seen in the organization that you’re proud of?

A. I am proud of the number of people who have passed through Can Do MS’s programs; the commitment and joy of the program’s consultants and staff; the caring and competition among the staff to arrive at the clearest interdisciplinary picture for each participant in the Can Do MS’s programs; and the staff’s understanding of the distinction between disease and a participant’s health.

Q. What advice would you give the Can Do MS board of directors, staff and volunteers to prepare for another 25 years of helping people living with MS see beyond their challenges and focus on what they can do?

A. That should a cure to MS come about – the original mission of The Heuga Center that Can Do MS, would be just as relevant. The ultimate goal is the pursuit of health – mental, physical and emotional.

Also, that we, as an organization, continue to help others pursue their health and maintain their health. You see, a cure to the disease will not, ultimately, give us our health. Our health is something that we have the responsibility of maintaining. So Can Do MS, ideally, could offer and expand its lifestyle empowerment programs to people living with other chronic diseases.

To make a donation or for more information, contact Endowment Development Associate Kim Poast at kpaost@mscando.org or 303-319-6023

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