Sign up and change lives at this ski fundraiser benefiting Can Do Multiple Sclerosis.

Killington, VT (February 23, 2018) – SKI for MS, a day-long community fundraising ski event benefiting families with multiple sclerosis (MS), will hit the slopes of Pico Mountain on March 11, 2018. One of six stops in a nationwide event series, the SKI for MS Pico event 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.

“Can Do MS enables people with MS get their mojo back, greatly improve the quality of their lives, and thrive,” said J.R. Hardenburgh, SKI for MS fundraiser and Can Do MS program student. “All the money we raise goes directly to scholarship programs so that more students can participate in the same life-changing programs that I experienced.” SKI for MS is a family-friendly event that includes amateur ski races, the Jimmie Heuga memorial ski down honoring Can Do MS founder, and an après party. Donna Weinbrecht, Olympic gold medalist in mogul skiing, will be joining SKI for MS Pico to ski, race, provide tips, and celebrate at the après party.

Individuals can register for only $25 at mscando.org/pico or call 1-888-Do-It-4-MS. Early registration perks include a free SKI for MS t-shirt and discounted lift tickets.

Participants are encouraged to create a team with their friends and family and fundraise to win a variety of exciting prizes.

The SKI for MS Pico Mountain event schedule is listed below.

Sunday, March 11

8:30-10 a.m.       
Registration
Meeting Room Under Pico Mountain Deck

10 a.m.                
SKI for MS First Chair  
Meeting Room Under Pico Mountain Deck

1-2:30 p.m.          
Amateur Ski Race
Lower Pike 

2:45-3 p.m.          
Jimmie Heuga Memorial Ski Down
Top of Golden Express Quad

3-5 p.m.               
Après Party and Raffle
Pico Mountain Deck

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 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 Genentech, Biogen, Antlers at Vail and Swany America. Local sponsors include Pico Mountain.

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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