I always took snowboarding for granted. My grand plan was to board until I was 90 and pound vertical at every opportunity. Getting MS certainly put a potential kink in that master plan. So when I had the opportunity to give some teens with multiple sclerosis a free day on the slopes (I arranged with Parajito Ski Moutain, www.skipajarito.com, to provide free lessons, rentals and lift tickets), there was a quandry. To hit the big mountain or stick on the bunny with my new friends. Lesions or not, it was a no brainer. All three teens bravely gave it a go and I was going to help. One was a natural, another nearly so (her dad was a pioneer and instructor in the sport), but the third faced some obstacles. Balance and energy were not her friends. But she tried. And tried again. By the end of the day, she could snowboard. Maybe not great, and maybe never again, but that’s the kind of spirit that people with MS of all ages need to have.
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