The 2016 Annual Meeting of the Consortium of Multiple Sclerosis Centers (CMSC) is highly anticipated by the multiple sclerosis (MS) community as the event will gather worldwide investigators and health care providers in the field. However, not all moments will be focused on discussing scientific advancements and research achievements. During the meeting, the country music star and multiple sclerosis patient, Clay Walter, will sing during a moment of relaxation.
Thursday, June 2nd, at 8.45 pm, Clay Walter will give a concert in Maryland as part of the 16CMSC and the celebration of the 30th anniversary of the consortium. The singer became an advocate for the disease after being diagnosed in 1996 when he was just 26-years-old. Clay Walter had finished his fourth album, and his first daughter had just been born when he started experiencing tingling and numbness on his right side, and facial spasms.
Following a series of tests, the physicians confirmed that he was suffering from relapsing-remitting multiple sclerosis (RRMS). The singer needed time to deal with the diagnosis, during which he prayed about the situation. After that, he decided he would do everything to overcome the challenges of the disease. He continued touring, recording, and songwriting, but also golfing, cooking, fishing, horseback riding, cutting horse competitions, running on the beach, and playing a variety of sports.
In this video from last year, Clay Walter talks about the launch of his latest album, as well as the touring and coping with MS in an interview with the Youtuber Candace Rose Anderson. The disease is now controlled with daily injections and a healthy lifestyle. Despite the constant reminders of the disease, such as laziness in his right leg, tingling in his right hand, and tiredness when he wished he could do more, Clay Walker has a full life, between work, family, hobbies, and supporting the MS community.
“I just feel so grateful I can do things like play the guitar, dance, and sign autographs. I think I appreciate every show more than I used to because I know it could all be taken from me. I don’t want to waste even one day,” states Clay on his website. “Being diagnosed with MS hasn’t been easy. I choose to view it as a ‘bump in the road’ rather than a detour because I have been blessed to still be able to do the things I love. I know not everyone who is diagnosed with MS is that lucky.”
“I want to help them by providing both a resource for information about MS and to take a leadership position in the fight to find a cure for this disease. The Band Against MS Foundation is an extension of those goals,” added Walker about the project Band Against MS Foundation. The organization created in February 2013 is focused on raising awareness about MS as well as provide patients with the hope that research will eventually lead to a cure for the disease.
Find out more about the Band Against MS here: http://bit.ly/1HJGATO
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