14 Celebrity Ambassadors For the Multiple Sclerosis Cause
Supermodel Alessandra Ambrosio has accepted the role of a National Ambassador for the National Multiple Sclerosis Society. Alessandra is known as a Victoria Secret Angel and is one of the most recognized models in North America today. With her help raising awareness for MS, maybe someday there will be a cure for people like her father, who was diagnosed in the late nineties.
Shemar Moore is an Actor, Criminal Minds’ Star and a Daytime Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series. Several years into his acting career, Marilyn, Shemar’s mother, was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis. Shemar told People magazine: “She’s always been superwoman, but now she’s met her kryptonite.” Since then, Shemar discovered his own way to join the movement and move us closer to a world free of MS, when Criminal Minds crew member and professional cyclist John Hatchett approached Shemar about putting together an MS 150 Bike Tour (now Bike MS) team.
Emmy-award winning TV star Phil Keoghan and host of The Amazing Race is a longtime Bike MS participant and fundraiser. Phil also chronicled his odyssey of personal challenge and self-discovery in the film The Ride.
Country music sensation Clay Walker, at the age of 26, was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis during one of the most pivotal points in his life. Since then, he has made it his mission to help others with the disease. In 2003, Clay established Band Against MS, a not-for-profit organization committed to providing educational information for those living with MS and funding rearch toward a cure for MS.
Actor, director and producer Bill Pullman has been a National MS Society Ambassador for many years. A regular at the Society’s Southern California Chapter’s Dinner of Champions and frequent participant in Walk MS events.
Whether performing on American Idol, rousing guests at a Women On the Move luncheon, or recording a song that stirs your soul, David Osmond was diagnosis with MS nearly ten year ago.
Earlier in his MS journey, he couldn’t walk, his breathing was so labored that he couldn’t sing, and playing guitar was impossible. Fortunately, he has regained most of his function, but thinks about what it would have meant for an Osmond to live a life without music.
David is also the son of Alan Osmond, the founder of the famed troupe of singing brothers, who also lives with MS.
Actor, comedian, composer, musician and baseball scout David L. Lander announced he had multiple sclerosis in June of 1999. He joined the National MS Society as an ambassador to increase awareness about MS and the Society — and demonstrate that you can enjoy a fulfilling career and active life despite having a chronic illness. In November 2000, David was named the National MS Ambassador of the Year.
Rain Pryor is known for the many hats she wears: actress, singer, writer, producer, and comedian. Pryor became a Ambassador for the MS cause and has volunteered to support the work of the National MS Society, particularly with reference to our Women Against MS program.
Actress best known for her portrayal of Belle Black on the Days of Our Lives soap opera, Martha Madison knows firsthand about the effects of multiple sclerosis because of her mother’s battle with the disease. In the Summer of 2005, Martha became an Ambassador for the National MS Society to help raise awareness so that someday there will be a cure to help people like her mother.
Teri Garr is a star who is still movin’ it to end MS whether she’s speaking before MS groups or doing public service announcements in support of MS Awareness Week. She is also someone with chronically elevated PMA — Positive Mental Attitude despite living with MS. From Star Trek to Tootsie to Friends, Terri has charmed us for decades.
The 23rd annual Walk MS Salt Lake City featured something new and noteworthy: X Games Gold Medalist and professional freeskier Tom Wallisch did the walk — wearing ski boots. At first he thought of it as an icebreaker, a way to meet people and hear their stories. Then it became more than that, he says, a way to put himself in the shoes of someone with multiple sclerosis. “It can be hard to walk with this disease, or even just to move.”
Emme Aronson, the world’s leading plus size model, advocates fitness and health for women of all ages. She is the first model invited to speak before a Congressional subcommittee in Washington, D.C. Emme, whose biological father had MS, has accepted another very important public role: ambassador for the National Multiple Sclerosis Society. She has also served as honorary chair of Bike MS.
Activist and award-winning actress Madeleine Stowe recently went public about her late father’s battle with multiple sclerosis. Stowe understands better than most that people living with MS, or those caring for a person with MS, can sometimes feel isolated. That’s why she plans to take the stage and connect with people in ways that have never been done before, in person and online.
Actress and Dancer Courtney Galiano participated in Season 7 tour of So You Think You Can Dance in 2010. Despite feeling some numbness in the lower half of her body, Courtney continued to dance through it. It wasn’t until a year later that she sought help for the symptoms.
Courtney was diagnosed with MS in 2012. Since her diagnosis, Courtney has filmed episodes of Glee and VH1’s Hit the Floor, danced with Al Pacino in the movie Stand Up Guys, and performed in Dancing with the Stars and Hair, among several other dance and acting opportunities.
Courtney started her own dance convention called The BEAT just before her diagnosis. She and her brother teamed up with the National MS Society following her diagnosis to start The BEAT MS, a foundation that raises money for the National MS Society through a yearly Dance Walk event in Los Angeles, CA.
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