Celebrities with Multiple Sclerosis

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  • Montel Williams Montel Williams, the former host of a daytime talk show for over 10 years, is no stranger to the limelight. That attention intensified in 1999 when Williams was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis, nearly 20 years after his first symptoms surfaced. Following his diagnosis, Williams released Climbing Higher a book chronicling his fight against the devastating disease. In the book, Williams discusses the intense pain that he feels in his knees and feet and his controversial use of medical marijuana to dull the pain.Williams has also started the Montel Williams MS Foundation, which has donated $1.5 million to multiple sclerosis research to date, according to their website.
  • Annette Funicello

    Former member of the Mickey Mouse Club and star of the Beach Party movies of the 1960s, Annette Funicello has been experiencing symptoms of multiple sclerosis since 1987. When Funicello decided to make her disease public in 1992, she received a great deal of support from fans and family. Funicello has since served as the ambassador for the National Multiple Sclerosis Societys Walk MS event.

  • Teri Garr By 1983 actress Teri Garr had accomplished a great deal. She had the success of iconic films Young Frankenstein and Close Encounters of the Third Kind under her belt, and she had just received an Oscar nomination for her role in Tootsie. But with the good comes the bad. For Garr, 1983 was also the year in which she received her first MS symptoms. Garr was officially diagnosed in 1999. True to her personality, she's decided to cope with her disease with humor. She now spends her time raising awareness as a spokesperson for MS Lifelines, a support service for people suffering from multiple sclerosis and their families.
  • Neil Cavuto

    No one can say that Niel Cavuto has had an easy life. The Fox News anchor overcame stage four Hodgkin's lymphoma in the late 80s, only to discover that he had multiple sclerosis 10 years later. Cavuto has defied the disease by continuing with his lifestyle regardless of the fact that his doctors say that, based on his MRI, he should not be able to walk and talk, let alone host his own television show. Since his diagnoses, Cuvoto has been an active volunteer with the National Multiple Sclerosis society.

  • Alan Osmond Alan Osmond, the oldest member of the Osmond Brothers, is well known within the multiple sclerosis community. Osmond coined the phrase, "I may have MS, but MS does not have me!" He has been active in various pursuits to raise awareness for the disease. In 2000, Osmond received the Dorothy Corwin Spirit of Life Award from the National Multiple Sclerosis Society for his efforts. Unfortunately, he is not the only member of the family that has been diagnosed with the disease. Osmonds son David, a season nine American Idol contestant, also suffers from multiple sclerosis
  • Jonathan Katz

    For comedian Jonathan Katz, the symptoms of multiple sclerosis appeared over 10 years ago while he was working on the show Ink with Ted Danson. Katz, who uses a motorized scooter to get around, chooses to poke fun at his disease rather than let it get him down. He now speaks publicly about multiple sclerosis using a combination of stand up, slides, and music.

  • David Squiggy Lander

    Best known for his role as Squiggy in "Laverne and Shirley," David Landers went public with his disease in 1999, after 15 years of hiding his diagnosis. Following his announcement, Landers released a memoir called Fall Down Laughing: How Squiggy Caught Multiple Sclerosis and Didn't Tell Nobody, which made an appearance on the Los Angeles Times best seller list. Landers is now very active within the National Multiple Sclerosis society and received the Ambassador of the Year award in 2000.

  • Tamia

    The spouse of basketball player Grant Hill and an award-winning R&B singer, Tamia was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis in 2003 at the age of 28. The singer discovered her disease shortly after her husband returned from a stint in the hospital for a staph infection. She experienced extreme fatigue and numbness in her hands and feet, leading her to seek out medical help. Following her diagnosis Tamia had some misgivings about making her disease public, but she has since become an ambassador for the National Multiple Sclerosis society, sharing her story with the world.

  • Clay Walker At one point, country music star Clay Walker lost the feeling in his hand, making it nearly impossible to play the guitar. He could have given up. Instead, Walker sees his multiple sclerosis as motivation. Walker has since regained the feeling in his hand, but he has not lost interest in helping other people with the disease. Since his diagnosis in 1996, Walker has established his own non-profit organization called Band Against MS, which provides people with information and donates money for research.Walker has received many honors in connection with his work in the multiple sclerosis community, including Ambassador of the Year for the National Multiple Sclerosis Society, and Honorary Ambassador for the Bike MS cycling series.
  • Walter Williams

    Fighting back is something that Walter Williams, one of the founding members of the R&B group the OJays, does well. Williams, who was diagnosed in 1983 after experiencing numbness in his legs and torso, decided a few weeks into his ordeal that multiple sclerosis was something he could beat. Now, more than 20 years later, Williams is still touring the world with the band that made him famous, and finding the time to volunteer with the National Multiple Sclerosis Society.