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Can Do attitude helped climb for MS

Susie KincadeDirector of marketing, The Heuga Center

If you missed the Climbing Mountains for MS ascent of Quandary Peak on Sunday, Sept. 12, you missed an extraordinary opportunity to be part of a very inspirational day. Organized by members of the Colorado Academy MS Club of Denver, the climb attracted people from age 7 to 70. Money raised through foot pledges went to support The Heuga Center, a nonprofit based in Edwards that conducts extensive programs for people and families living with MS. The Heuga Center’s “can do” philosophy promotes overall physical, emotional and mental health, and teaches people tools to live a full and productive life with MS. Luke Galland, a 12-year-old from Durango, was the first to summit. I was fortunate to hike with a 15-year-old who was fighting her asthma. She kept saying “This is a ‘Can Do’ thing. I have to be more than my asthma. I CAN DO this!” And she did. By the time we got to treeline she passed me and literally sailed up the toughest part of the mountain. She demonstrated what The Heuga Center’s “Can Do” philosophy is all about being more than a person with limited physical capabilities. The Heuga Center will hold one of its renowned CAN DO Programs in Vail Nov. 3-7 and there are two scholarships available for people with MS from Summit County. For more information, visit http://www.heuga.org, or call 888.DO.IT.4.MS. Many thanks to all who helped make the First annual Climb for MS a success, especially mountaineer Mike Marolt, Downstairs at Eric’s for providing pizza, the National Forest Service, Dillon District, Colorado Academy, and the Patterson family – part-time Copper Mountain residents who helped organize the effort.We’re looking forward to next year’s climb and invite everyone to join us for an inspiring day in the mountains.


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