Skiers raise awareness and money for multiple sclerosis

Posted By: The Ski Channel on March 2, 2010 11:46 am

Earlier this morning, we discussed skiing for cancer research. If that wasn’t enough of a good cause to ski, here’s another one for you.

In 1984, Olympic medalist Jimmie Heuga founded the CAN DO Multiple Sclerosis Center. He was diagnosed with the disease in 1970, and was told to avoid all physical activity. Instead of going with the doctor’s advice, he started this Center to encourage people with the disease to stay positive physically and mentally. Sadly, Jimmie passed away last month in Colorado.

You can keep his spirit alive, though. On Saturday, March 13th, head to Schweitzer Mountain in Idaho and participate in Jimmie’s Vertical Express for MS.

The event consists of teams of three raising a minimum of $450 (or $150 if you opt to not be on a team) to compete in two events: “Surmount the Obstacles,” a timed obstacle course with four skills stations in Schweitzer Village, and an extended giant slalom race on the ski area’s NASTAR course.

All money raised goes to benefit CAN DO Multiple Sclerosis. Teams that raise $15,000 or more win an expense-paid trip to Vail, Colorado to attend the April Awards celebration. Here’s Schweitzer Events Director Mary Weber Quinn discussing the awards night dinner: “The dinner will take you on a culinary journey across the U.S. and is truly ‘can’t miss’ experience. Partnered with a silent live auction, the evening is always a memorable one.”