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Vertical Express raises funds for MS

April E. Clark

Attention skiers and riders at Sunlight Mountain Resort – the Guinness Book of World Records is watching.On Saturday, the Vertical Express for MS will attempt to set a new world record for the largest single-day, on-snow fund-raising event. Sunlight is a first-time participant, and one of 12 Colorado resorts to join in the fund-raiser.”Sunlight has never participated before and we are very excited that they came on board with Vertical Express,” said Susie Kincade of the Heuga Center, the beneficiary of the Vertical Express for MS event. The Heuga Center was founded in 1984 for people living with multiple sclerosis.”People should just show up like it’s a normal day of skiing. Any donation of $1 and up will be recognized and counted towards the record.”According to Kincade, proceeds from the event support the Heuga Center’s proactive wellness programs, which educate people living with MS and their families.”The center’s interactive ‘Can Do’ programs are the only MS programs of their kind in the world,” she said. “Our program is one-of-a-kind because of the attention people with MS, their families and partners receive.”Glenwood Springs resident Tillie Fischer, whose son George has MS and completed the Heuga Center’s Can Do program, plans to participate in Vertical Express for MS on Saturday.”My husband and I will be up at Sunlight skiing,” she said. “Our son went into the program in 1995, and it was a wonderful experience for him. After 10 years, he still uses the techniques he learned there. He was taught that he will win against MS.”Kincade said the Can Do program teaches people with MS what they can do to enjoy healthy, active and fulfilling lives.”We have a whole series of events that are so thorough,” she said. “There are five days of interactive workshops, seminars, one-on-one consultations, and psychological sessions. It’s really great for people with MS.”To participate in Saturday’s world record-breaking attempt, individuals or teams can preregister at http://www.verticalexpress.org, or on site on event day at Sunlight or other participating Colorado resorts listed on the Web site.


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