Famous People With Multiple Sclerosis Support Programs to Find a Cure for MS

There is hope on the horizon for people who struggle with Multiple Sclerosis.
There is hope on the horizon for people who struggle with Multiple Sclerosis. | Source

Multiple Sclerosis

Multiple Sclerosis (MS) is an autoimmune disease that causes inflammation and nerve damage. Attacking the central nervous system, symptoms usually include muscle weakness, numbness or tingling sensations and problems with coordination and vision. There is no known cure for MS, however with the medications that doctors have at their disposal today, MS can be treated, which allows patients to live a long and prosperous life.

Many famous people have publicly announced their diagnosis of multiple sclerosis in an effort to help bring awareness and to raise funds for research of multiple sclerosis.

Multiple Sclerosis Symptoms Chart

Multiple Sclerosis has many symptoms, sometimes minor and sometimes debilitating.
Multiple Sclerosis has many symptoms, sometimes minor and sometimes debilitating. | Source

Famous People With Multiple Sclerosis

2012 - Jack Osbourne , son of Ozzy and Sharon Osbourne announced on the Today Show that he was diagnosed with MS.

2006 - David Osmond, son of Alan Osmond and nephew of Donnie and Marie Osmond. Performed on American Idol. Osmond received the Southern California Chapter’s Dinner of Champions Award in 2010. This award is given annually to a person who exemplifies an optimistic and positive spirit in the face of MS. His father, Alan Osmond also received the same award in the year 2000, which David presented to him.

Osmond’s commitment to raise funds for MS is shown in his involvement as president of a company called uPlejSM (pronounced “you pledge”) that works in conjunction with the National MS Society and social networking to raise awareness.

2003 - Tamia Hill, singer and wife of NBA player Grant Hill. Together, with her husband, Hill speaks out about MS by sharing her experiences through public media.

1998 - Ann Romney, wife of presidential candidate Mitt Romney. Board member for the New England chapter of the National Multiple Sclerosis Society.

1999 - Montel Williams, daytime talkshow host. Williams started the Montel Williams Multiple Sclerosis Foundation to raise money for research into the disease.

1999 - Teri Garr, actress. Speaks openly through public media about MS to raise awareness.

1986 - Richard Pryor, comedian. Pryor was heavily afflicted by the disease which rendered him unable to continue with his career. Pryor died in 2005 of a heart attack. Pryor was an animal rights activist and detested testing on animals, even if it would help find a cure for MS.

1996 - Clay Walker, country musician. The National Multiple Sclerosis society named Walker Ambassador of the Year. He has a mission to help others with MS. In 2003, Clay established "Band Against MS", a not-for-profit organization committed to providing educational information for those living with MS and funding research toward a cure for MS. In 2008, Clay created the Clay Walker Charity Classic golf tournament as a fundraiser for Band Against MS.

1987 - Alan Osmond, entertainer and producer. Osmond is the brother of Donnie and Marie Osmond. His favorite saying is, “I may have MS but MS does not have me”. In the year 2000, Osmond received the Southern California Chapter’s Dinner of Champions Award which his son David Osmond presented to him. Alan's son also has MS.

1973 - Richard Cohen, Emmy award winning journalist and husband to Meredith Vierna. Writer of the 2004 bestseller, “Blindsided: Lifting a Life Above Illness: A Reluctant Memoir". Later, in 2008 he wrote, “Strong at the Broken Places: Voices of Illness, a Chorus of Hope", detailing his life with MS and cancer.

Video: MS Impacts Us All

MS Impacts Us All

The following video was developed to create awareness of MS. While it is entertaining, it also delivers a special message to let people know that a lot is being done to research and find a cure for MS.

This video gives hope to people living with MS or living with someone who struggles with MS. Watch this video to learn about MS, but most of all, watch it to gain inspiration that someday there may be a cure for MS.

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MarleneB 16 months ago from Northern California, USA Author

I agree with you, Dolores Monet. When famous people come out in support of something, people tend to take more notice, become more aware, and take more action to support the cause or research for a cure.


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Dolores Monet 16 months ago from East Coast, United States

It's good when people with famous names come out in support of folks who suffer MS. I know several people who have struggled with MS and recently lost a friend to it.


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MarleneB 3 years ago from Northern California, USA Author

You are right, alocsin. For example, someone I know is afflicted with Parkinson's Disease and she is constantly watching and listening to Michael J. Fox who also has the disease. He is an inspiration to her. Reading what he does to compensate, helps her keep going strong.


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alocsin 3 years ago from Orange County, CA

It's always inspirational to read about people who have conquered the same challenges you're experiences. Voting this Up and Useful.


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MarleneB 4 years ago from Northern California, USA Author

CCahill, from what I have read, early detection is a good thing, but it has no actual bearing on whether or not the symptoms will be better or worse. There are a lot of variables, which include but are not limited to overall general health, lifestyle, diet, and so much more. Early detection can give a person a head start in recognizing what's happening with their bodies and what they can do to compensate for any discomfort associated with the afiction.


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CCahill 4 years ago from England

Would early detection of it, have any positive impact on preventing a future worsening of the disease?


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MarleneB 4 years ago from Northern California, USA Author

Hi CCahill, while researching for this hub I discovered that MS is an inherent disease that resides in families. But, there is no way to know when it will come "out" and cause problems. So, if (for example) my mom struggles MS, then there is a chance that I might suffer from the same disease as well. But, my symptoms may not be as noticeable as my mom's; in fact, my symptoms may be so weak that I may never even know I have MS. It is a required test. I mean, the doctor has to run a test specifically for MS.


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CCahill 4 years ago from England

Clearly part of the Osmond DNA, i wonder if sometime triggered it or if it skipped the rest of them


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MarleneB 4 years ago from Northern California, USA Author

Thank you billybuc. That is my hope, too - that people would read and be inspired to have hope or to help bring more awareness or contribute to the cause to find a cure.


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billybuc 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

Nice job of bringing awareness to a horrible disease. Here''s hoping that many people read this and it takes us one step closer to a cure.

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