MS Monday: Famous People with MS

Unless you’re living under a rock, you know that this is an election year.  That being said, it’s interesting to note that both political party front runners, President Obama and Mitt Romney, have been affected by MS.

Ann Romney, Mitt’s wife, has been very public about her fight with MS, but did you know that Michelle Obama’s father also had MS?  Between the upcoming election and Jack Osborne’s diagnosis, MS has made a lot of waves this year.  I hope the momentum continues so we can raise funds and awareness!

While we are on the subject of famous people, here are five more famous people with MS.

Annette Funicello

Former Mouseketeer and “beach party” movie icon, Annette Funicello, has been around for years. She was one of the original cast members of the Mickey Mouse Club and went on to become a teen idol after filming a series of beach movies with costar Frankie Avalon. In 1992, she announced that she had been suffering from MS for several years, and went on to open the Annette Funicello Fund for Neurological Diseases.


Montel Williams

A mainstay of 90’s television was the talk show. Everyone from Ricki, Rosie, Sally Jessy, Jerry, Maury and Geraldo had a show. So did Montel Williams. The aptly titled Montel Williams Show ran for 17 years, from 1991 to 2008. During this time, Montel was diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis. Following his diagnosis in 1999, he created the Montel Williams MS Foundation to further the research of MS.


Teri Garr

Teri Garr has appeared in over 100 movies including Young Frankenstein, Mr. Mom, and Close Encounters of the Third Kind, and her acting career spans decades. After her announcement in 2002, she became dedicated to furthering research and awareness. She is a National Ambassador for the National MS Society and a chairwoman of their Women Against MS program.


Clay Walker

“Clay Walker is an American country music artist. He made his debut in 1993 with the single “What’s It to You,” which reached Number One on the Billboard Hot Country Singles & Tracks (now Hot Country Songs) charts, as did its follow-up, 1994’s “Live Until I Die. Walker has participated in several forms of charity to help raise awareness of MS following his diagnosis in 1996, including his own non-profit charity, Band Against MS, which he founded in 2003. In 2008, he received a Humanitarian Award for his charitable efforts in relations to MS and participated in a charity golf tournament benefiting his organization.” (

Neil Cavuto

“Neil Cavuto is an American television anchor and commentator on the Fox Business Network and host of three television programs, Your World with Neil Cavuto and Cavuto on Business, both on the Fox News Channel and Cavuto on sister channel Fox Business Network. Cavuto also tapes a nightly wrap-up of business news which airs on local FOX affiliates during the late news and has a syndicated radio business news segment that airs on weekday afternoons. He is the senior vice president and managing editor of business news for the Fox Business Network, and oversees content and business coverage. He is the author of two books.” (



Here is this week’s MS Monday Motivational Moment (even though it’s Tuesday).

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One Response to MS Monday: Famous People with MS

  1. Thank you for the information. Perhaps with more information out there we can get our society to understand that having a disability doesn’t only happen at birth.

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