Multiple Sclerosis (MS) is a brain and spinal cord disorder with impastill therapies that can reduce the severity and slow the progression of this disease.ired nerve function associated with scarring on the outer coating of nerve cells. Symptoms of MS include weakness and paralysis in one or more limbs, muscle spasms, abnormal movements, numbness, loss of vision, dementia, lost memory, or fatigue.
There is currently no cure for multiple sclerosis. However, some therapies help relieve the symptoms of the disease. In the world today, there are quite a few people with multiple sclerosis, including some celebrities. Here are 50 famous people who have been diagnosed with this disease. Although MS has caused them many difficulties, they are still optimistic while fighting this terrible disease.
1. Selma Blair
|Full Name||Selma Blair|
|Birthdate||June 23, 1972|
|Birthplace||Southfield, Michigan, U.S.|
|Alma Mater||University of Michigan|
|Spouse||Ahmet Zappa (2004-2006)|
|Notable Films||Brown’s Requiem, Cruel Intentions, Legally Blonde, The Sweetest Thing, Hellboy, Hellboy II: The Golden Army|
|Notable TV Series||Zoe, Duncan, Jack and Jane, Anger Management, American Crime Story, Another Life|
|Notable Awards||Independent Spirit Award for Best Supporting Female, MTV Movie Award for Best Kiss|
|Multiple Sclerosis||Diagnosed in 2018|
|Advocacy||Multiple sclerosis awareness and research advocate|
|Autobiography||Mean Baby: A Memoir of Growing Up (2022)|
Selma Blair is a famous actress and model and once the star with the most contracts in the fashion world. She is a popular model in international fashion shows and is a familiar face of the famous brand Chanel. Since 1995, she started her acting career and starred in a number of hit films such as Hysterical Ambition, Cruel Intentions, Legally Blonde, The Sweetest Thing, etc.
In 2018, Selma Blair was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis. She revealed that she had suffered from the disease for a long time and didn’t think it was that bad. Selma once had to shave her head due to a side effect of treatment.
However, Selma Blair remained extremely optimistic and cheerful during her treatment for this disease. She said that her son motivated her to fight MS. Selma is also a member of the National Multiple Sclerosis Society in the US. She also supports several charities related to children and participates in campaigns to raise awareness about skin cancer and AIDS.
2. Christina Applegate
|Full Name||Christina Applegate|
|Birthdate||November 25, 1971|
|Birthplace||Los Angeles, California, U.S.|
|Television||Married… with Children, Jesse, Samantha Who?, Up All Night, Dead to Me|
|Spouses||Johnathon Schaech (m. 2001; div. 2007), Martyn LeNoble (m. 2013)|
|Parent||Nancy Priddy (mother)|
|Multiple Sclerosis Diagnosis||Yes|
|Notable Achievements||Primetime Emmy Award winner, Golden Globe Award nominations, Tony Award nomination|
|Film Highlights||Don’t Tell Mom the Babysitter’s Dead, Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy, Bad Moms|
|Broadway Performance||Revival of Sweet Charity, Theatre World Award winner|
|Early Career||Starred as Kelly Bundy in Married… with Children|
|Breakthrough Role||Jesse in the NBC sitcom Jesse|
|Guest Appearances||Friends, Saturday Night Live|
|Voice Acting||Alvin and the Chipmunks film series|
|Stage Performances||The Axeman’s Jazz, The Third Day|
|Charitable Involvement||Broadway Cares’ Easter Bonnet Competition|
|Dance Training||Trained in jazz and ballet|
|Founder||Founding member of The Pussycat Dolls|
|Television Appearance||Who Do You Think You Are? (Family history episode)|
|Sequel Films||Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues, The Book of Life|
The famous American actress and film producer Christina Applegate is also one of the celebrities suffering from multiple sclerosis. She was diagnosed with MS in 2021 and has struggled to live with the illness. In 2008, Christina also had breast cancer and tested positive for the BRCA gene. She had to undergo surgery to remove her fallopian tubes and ovaries to reduce her cancer risk.
Sharing about the process of fighting with MS, Christina Applegate said that this journey is difficult and very strange. The illness greatly affected Christina’s ability to work while producing the movie Dead to Me, causing her to adjust her filming schedule appropriately. Despite many difficulties, she always feels supported by other community members of people with multiple sclerosis.
3. Jamie-Lynn Sigler
|Jamie Lynn Sigler||Information|
|Full Name||Jamie-Lynn Sigler|
|Birthdate||May 15, 1981|
|Birthplace||Jericho, New York, U.S.|
|Known For||Meadow Soprano on The Sopranos|
|Family||– Father: Steve Sigler|
|Ethnicity||Sephardic Jewish (Greek-Jewish and Romanian-Jewish) and Cuban|
|Education||Jericho High School|
|Career Highlights||– Portrayed Meadow Soprano on The Sopranos|
|Music Career||Released pop album “Here to Heaven”|
|Writing||Co-authored autobiography “Wise Girl: What I’ve Learned About Life, Love, and Loss”|
|Relationships||– Former spouse: A.J. DiScala|
|Multiple Sclerosis||Diagnosed at the age of 20|
Jamie-Lynn Sigler is a famous Hollywood actress. She has won many nominations and awards in the television field and the Youngstar Award for Best Young Television Actress for two years. Jaime’s most impressive role to the audience is the smart girl Meadow Soprano in the HBO series The Sopranos.
When she was just 20 years old, Jamie-Lynn Sigler was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis at the same time she began starring in the fourth season of “The Sopranos.” The actress kept her MS status a secret for 15 years before announcing it to the media in 2016. She showed signs of illness, such as declining health, difficulty walking, and fatigue.
However, Jaime is always honest about her difficulties as a mother when she has multiple sclerosis. In addition to treatment with a drug called Tecfidera, she also leads a healthy lifestyle and spends much time with her children.
4. Jack Osbourne
|Full Name||Jack Joseph Osbourne|
|Birthdate||November 8, 1985|
|Citizenship||Dual American and British|
|Known For||MTV’s reality series “The Osbournes” (2002-2005)|
|Family||Parents: Ozzy Osbourne (father), Sharon Osbourne (mother)|
|Spouse||Lisa Stelly (married in 2012; divorced in 2019)|
|Multiple Sclerosis||Diagnosed with relapsing-remitting multiple sclerosis in 2012|
Jack Osbourne is an English media personality better known as the son of famous heavy metal singer Ozzy Osbourne. Jack has starred in the MTV reality series The Osbournes with appearances from his family members: his father, mother, Sharon, and younger sister Kelly.
Jack Osbourne suffered from multiple sclerosis in 2012. Ever since he was diagnosed with MS, he began changing his diet by eliminating all foods that affect his health. Instead, Jack eats more fruit and strictly adheres to the Paleo diet. He has also become outspoken about MS to raise awareness about the disease. Jack often shares his personal experiences with people who are also battling multiple sclerosis.
5. Clay Walker
|Full Name||Clay Walker|
|Birthdate||August 19, 1969|
|Birthplace||Beaumont, Texas, U.S.|
|Origin||Vidor, Texas, U.S.|
Clay Walker is a singer and songwriter known for his country music genre. He is one of the most successful country music singers when receiving much love from the audience through albums and singles such as: What’s It to You, Live Until I Die, Rumor Has It, This Woman and This Man, etc. In particular, the single What’s It to You, first released in 1993, reached the Top 1 of the Billboard Hot Country Singles & Tracks chart.
Clay Walker was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis in 1996. He spent a long time in a wheelchair and had difficulty walking. However, after that, Clay chose the right drug therapy and began to recover in 1998. He founded a non-profit organization called Band Against MS to provide information and raise awareness for the community of people who also have MS like you. He is one of the famous people who are active in raising money to help patients with MS.
6. Tim Ferguson
|Full Name||Tim Ferguson|
|Birthplace||Sydney, New South Wales, Australia|
|Occupations||Comedian, Film Director, Screenwriter, Author, Screenwriting Teacher|
|Known for||Don’t Forget Your Toothbrush, Doug Anthony All Stars|
|Spouse||Stephanie Mills (2012–present)|
|Upbringing||Grew up in Singapore and Perthville, NSW, Australia|
|Education||All Saints College, Bathurst; School Without Walls; Narrabundah College|
|Major Appearances||Doug Anthony All Stars; Friday Night Live; The Big Gig|
|Notable Works||Left, Right and Centre (novel); Spin Out (film)|
|Comedy Screenwriting Teaching||New York University, Screen Academy Scotland, Sydney University, Victorian College of the Arts, Sydney Film School|
|Publications||The Cheeky Monkey-Writing Narrative Comedy (comedy writing manual), The Ferguson Report (satirical column)|
|Philanthropy||Ambassador for The Human Rights Commission for Disability, Ambassador for IncludeAbility, MS Australia patron, Pandis ambassador, patron of Music for Canberra|
|Multiple Sclerosis||Diagnosed with MS; raised awareness and support for MS-related causes|
|Star Wars Toy Collection||Owns the third largest collection in the southern hemisphere|
|TV Appearances||Julia Zemiro’s Home Delivery; Big Brother Australia; WTF – With Tim Ferguson; Forgettherules|
|Artworks||Exhibitions and publications in Australia and Britain|
|Disability Advocacy||Campaigns for appropriate options for young Australians with disabilities, supports Summer Foundation and Building Better Homes initiatives|
|Fundraising||Supports motor neuron disease, cerebral palsy, acquired brain injury conditions|
|Podcast Host||Uniting Church podcast featuring people with disabilities|
|Controversy||Apologized for abusive letters sent to TV critic Candace Sutton|
|MS Australia Connections Hub||Launched online hub for people with MS and their families|
Tim Ferguson is a famous Hollywood screenwriter, director, and comedian. His films and comedy shows have attracted a wide audience over the years. In addition, he is an artist and has taught screenwriting at several art schools.
Doctors diagnosed Tim Ferguson with multiple sclerosis when he was enjoying great success and at the peak of his career. He shared that fighting with MS has opened his eyes to the issue of discrimination against people with disabilities in society. A prolific stand-up comedian, Tim has used comedy to overturn some of the outdated clichés in his comedy shows.
7. Noah ’40’ Shebib
|Birth name||Noah James Shebib|
|Date of birth||March 31, 1983|
|Birthplace||Toronto, Ontario, Canada|
|Occupation||Record producer, Songwriter, Record Executive, Actor|
Noah Shebib (also known by his stage name “40”) is a Canadian musician, record producer, and former actor who became famous for collaborating with and participating in the production of his albums. Drake and Noah are also co-founders of the OVO Sound label. In addition to Drake, he is a collaborator of Beyoncé, Alicia Keys, Lil Wayne, Action Bronson, and Jamie Foxx and has won two Grammy Awards.
Noah Shebib was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis at the age of 22. His mother was also diagnosed with the disease two years later. Despite facing illness, Noah gave himself the motivation to become stronger. He also considers playing the piano as a therapy to help him practice muscle skills. That has also helped his MS significantly improve.
8. David Lander
|Full Name||David L. Lander|
|Birthdate||June 22, 1947|
|Birthplace||Brooklyn, New York, U.S.|
|Occupation||Actor, Comedian, Musician, Baseball Scout|
|Known For||Portrayal of Andrew “Squiggy” Squiggman in Laverne & Shirley|
|Spouse||Thea Markus, Kathy Fields|
|Alma Mater||Carnegie Tech, New York University|
|Notable Works||Laverne & Shirley, A League of Their Own|
|Multiple Sclerosis||Diagnosed in 1984, became a public advocate|
|Death||December 4, 2020|
|Resting Place||Hollywood Forever Cemetery|
David Lander is an American musician, actor, and comedian, best known for his role as Squiggy on the ABC sitcom Laverne & Shirley. Some films starring Lander include Christmas with the Kranks (2004), Zoom (2006), Scary Movie (2000), Dr. Dolittle 2 (2001), etc.
David Lander was first diagnosed with multiple sclerosis in 1984. It was not until 1999 that he came out about his MS to the public by releasing his book Fall Down, Laughing: How Squiggy My Caught Multiple Sclerosis and Don’t Tell Nobody. Through his courage and positivity, Lander lived with MS for a long time until he died in 2020.
9. Teri Garr
|Full Name||Teri Ann Garr|
|Birthdate||December 11, 1944|
|Birthplace||Lakewood, Ohio, U.S.|
|Education||North Hollywood High School, Actors Studio, Lee Strasberg Theatre and Film Institute|
|Occupations||Actress, Dancer, Comedian|
|Known For||Young Frankenstein, Tootsie, Close Encounters of the Third Kind|
|Accolades||Academy Award nomination, BAFTA Award nomination, National Board of Review Award|
|Spouse||John O’Neil (m. 1993; div. 1996)|
|Partner(s)||Roger Birnbaum (1979–1983), David Kipper (1983–1990)|
|Diagnosis of MS||1999|
|Advocacy Work||Active advocate for MS awareness and research|
|Book||Published memoir “Speedbumps: Flooring It Through Hollywood” in 2005|
|Breakthrough Role||Star Trek episode “Assignment: Earth” (1968)|
|Career Highlights||The Conversation (1974), Young Frankenstein (1974), Close Encounters of the Third Kind (1977), Tootsie (1982)|
|Late-Night Appearances||The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson, Late Night with David Letterman|
|Later Career||Roles in films by Robert Altman, Friends (TV sitcom), Michael, Ghost World|
|Retirement||Retired from acting in 2011 due to MS symptoms|
Teri Garr was a popular actor, comedian, and dancer in the 1970s. She is known for her roles in comedies and has had a massive acting career starring in over 140 films and movies. Teri has been nominated for two important awards, the Academy Award, and the BAFTA Award.
Teri Garr announced her diagnosis of multiple sclerosis in October 2002 after years of secrecy. She shared that she decided to disclose her illness so that she could help others who are suffering from MS like her. Teri wants to let them know they are not toxic and encourages them to fight MS optimistically.
10. Emma Caulfield
|Full Name||Emma Caulfield|
|Birthdate||April 8, 1973|
|Birthplace||San Diego, California, U.S.|
|Known For||Starring as Anya Jenkins on Buffy the Vampire Slayer|
|Film Appearances||Darkness Falls (2003), Timer (2009), Back in the Day (2014)|
|Notable TV Appearances||Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Beverly Hills, 90210, Life Unexpected, WandaVision|
|Other Ventures||Co-author of the webcomic Contropussy|
|Awards||Nominated for Satellite Award for Best Cast (Buffy the Vampire Slayer)|
|Personal Life||Married to Cornelius Grobbelaar from 2006 to 2010|
Emma Caulfield is an actress best known for her role as Anya Jenkins in the supernatural drama series Buffy the Vampire Slayer (1998–2003). She acted in many films such as Back in the Day (2014), Timer (2009), Beverly Hills series, 90210 (1995–1996), Disney+ miniseries WandaVision (2021), etc. Emma married Mark Leslie Ford and had a daughter in 2016.
In October 2022, Emma Caulfield announced to the media that she had multiple sclerosis. She further revealed that she had contracted the disease more than ten years ago and had kept it a secret from everyone except her family and a few close friends. She decided to talk about her MS because she was tired of hiding it for years. Her father, Rodney Chukker, was also diagnosed with multiple sclerosis. Despite battling illness, Emma Caulfield is still working hard. Her next new project will be the spin-off of WandaVision, titled Agatha: Coven of Chaos (2023).
11. Julie Roberts
|Full Name||Julie Roberts|
|Birthdate||February 1, 1979|
|Birthplace||Lancaster, South Carolina, U.S.|
|Labels||Mercury Nashville, Sun|
|Debut Single||“Break Down Here” (2004)|
|Debut Album||“Julie Roberts” (2004)|
|Certification||Gold by RIAA|
|Second Album||“Men & Mascara” (2006)|
|Cover Song||“Girl Next Door”|
|Independent Release||“Alive” (2010)|
|Diagnosis||Multiple sclerosis (2011)|
|Album with Sun Records||“Good Wine & Bad Decisions”|
|Upcoming Album||“Ain’t in No Hurry” (October 28, 2022)|
|Charitable Donation||$124,250 to St. Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital|
|The Voice Appearance||Blind Auditions (Season 4, 2013)|
|Notable Song on The Voice||“God Gave Me You” (Blake Shelton cover)|
Julie Roberts is one of the most famous singers in the country music genre. She debuted in 2004 with the single Break Down Here, and the song quickly reached the Top 20 on the Billboard Hot Country Singles & Tracks chart. Julie auditioned for the hit music reality show The Voice in its fourth season.
Julie Roberts has also had a long life with multiple sclerosis. At first, she found it difficult to accept herself as an MS patient because she worried about how people would react if they found out she had the disease. But then, Julie accepted MS as part of who she was, and she needed to learn how to manage it in order to continue living her dream.
12. Iman Ali
|Full Name||Iman Ali|
|Date of Birth||19 December 1980|
|Place of Birth||Lahore, Punjab, Pakistan|
|Debut Film||Khuda Kay Liye (2007)|
|Awards||Lux Style Award for Best Actress (Khuda Kay Liye, 2008)|
|Notable Films||Bol (2011)|
|Television||Dil Dekay Jaien Gay|
|Notable TV Serial||Chal Parha (Episode 1, 2013)|
|Music Video||Ishq Mohabbat Apna Pan (Anarkali, 2003)|
|Co-hosted Awards||Lux Style Awards (2005)|
|Family||Father: Abid Ali|
|Spouse||Babar Bhatti (m. 2019)|
Iman Ali is a Pakistani singer, actress, and supermodel. She was born in 1980 and is the daughter of actress Humaira Ali and actor Abid Ali. Ali also is widely known for appearing in Urdu movies. She won a Lux Style Award for Best Actress.
Iman Ali is also among the patients who have been diagnosed with multiple sclerosis. She had obvious signs of MS, such as hand numbness, pseudovision, difficulty walking, and difficulty talking. Ali produced a local TV show about the challenges and hardships she faced as a patient with multiple sclerosis.
13. Tamia Hill
|Full Name||Tamia Marilyn Washington Hill|
|Birthdate||May 9, 1975|
|Birthplace||Windsor, Ontario, Canada|
|Occupations||Singer, songwriter, record producer|
|Genres||R&B, soul, gospel|
|Labels||Def Jam, Elektra|
|Multiple Sclerosis Diagnosis||2003|
|Advocacy||National Multiple Sclerosis Society (NMSS)|
Tamia Hill is a famous Canadian R&B singer. She has popular hits that hit the charts, like Spend My Life with You and Into You. Tamia has also been nominated for multiple Grammy and Juno awards.
Tamia Hill was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis in 2003. She hired a trainer to manage a balanced diet and a consistent exercise schedule to improve her condition. Thanks to that, her MS went into remission, and her overall health also improved. In 2007, she became pregnant with her second daughter, and the pregnancy also significantly improved Tamia’s MS condition.
14. Neil Cavuto
|Full Name||Neil Cavuto|
|Birthdate||April 22, 1958|
|Birthplace||Westbury, New York, U.S.|
|Alma Mater||St. Bonaventure University|
|Occupation||Television anchor, commentator, and journalist|
|Career Highlights||Anchor of “Your World with Neil Cavuto” on Fox News Channel|
|Notable Achievement||Overcoming challenges with multiple sclerosis|
Neil Cavuto is a Fox News Channel anchor and business journalist. He was diagnosed with stage IV Hodgkin lymphoma in the late 1980s and secondary advanced multiple sclerosis. Although he survived cancer, there was no cure for MS. The illness has made walking and talking very difficult for Neil.
Currently, Neil Cavuto is still receiving medical treatment. Despite his vision loss, he managed to continue his work as an editor and messenger. As of now, Neil is still working for Fox Business Network and Fox News Channel. In addition, he volunteered at the National MS Society.
15. Karolina Gruszka
|Full Name||Karolina Gruszka|
|Date of Birth||July 13, 1980|
|Notable Works||Kochankowie z Marony, Gullregn (Goldrain)|
|Awards||Nominated for Best Actress at the Polish Film Awards|
|Language Skills||Fluent in Polish, Icelandic (learned for the movie Gullregn)|
|Filmography||Over 30 films and television shows|
Karolina Gruszka is a famous and much-loved Polish film and theater actress. Since her debut in 1996, she has appeared in over thirty films and television series throughout her career. Karolina was also nominated for Best Actress at the 2007 Polish Film Awards.
Karolina Gruszka found out she had multiple sclerosis in 2017. She shared that she feels lucky that she also had a lot of knowledge about this rare disease before. There are also many people with MS around Karolina, so she can quickly spot the symptoms of MS. Thanks to her understanding and vigilance, she was able to implement treatment measures quickly. Karolina has successfully treated MS with medication and mental balance.
16. Montel Williams
|Full Name||Montel Brian Anthony Williams|
|Born||July 3, 1956 (age 67)|
|Birthplace||Baltimore, Maryland, U.S.|
|Education||United States Naval Academy (B.S.)|
|Occupation||Television host, actor, motivational speaker|
|Notable Works||The Montel Williams Show, Military Makeover|
|Multiple Sclerosis||Founder of the Montel Williams MS Foundation|
|Military Service||United States Marine Corps, United States Navy|
|Years of Service||22 years|
|Awards||Two Meritorious Service Medals, Navy Commendation Medals, National Defense Service Medal, Navy Achievement Medal, Navy Expeditionary Medals, Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal, Humanitarian Service Medals|
|Philanthropy||Partnership for Prescription Assistance spokesperson, advocate for US military veterans|
|Television Career||Hosted The Montel Williams Show, Daytime Emmy Award winner for Outstanding Talk Show Host|
|Controversies||Featuring psychic Sylvia Browne, criticism of mainstream news media, endorsement controversies|
|Radio Show||Hosted Montel Across America|
|Infomercials||Living Well Healthmaster, LifeLock|
Montel Williams is an American actor, television host, and TV personality. He is best known as the longtime host of The Montel Williams Show. Before starting his career in the entertainment industry, Montel served 15 years in the Marines and Navy.
In 1999, Montel Williams went public about his diagnosis of multiple sclerosis. He has had symptoms similar to those of MS since he was in the army. Montel shared that, after contracting the disease, he became extremely painful and went through periods of depression. But with the support of his family and the people around him, he created a healthy lifestyle by exercising and eating healthy.
Montel also founded the non-profit MS Foundation and launched the MS Montel Williams Foundation to fund research on the disease.
17. Art Alexakis
|Full Name||Art Alexakis|
|Birth Name||Arthur Paul Alexakis|
|Born||April 12, 1962 (age 61) in Los Angeles, California, USA|
|Genres||Alternative rock, post-grunge, power pop, grunge, punk rock|
|Occupation(s)||Musician, songwriter, A&R representative, political activist, actor|
|Instruments||Vocals, guitar, bass, piano, mandolin, banjo|
|Labels||The End Records, Eleven Seven Music, Capitol, Tim/Kerr, Shindig|
|Associated Acts||Everclear, Colorfinger, The Easy Hoes, Shakin’ Brave, Apparently Nothing|
|Record Label Founder||Founded several record labels throughout his career|
|A&R Representative||Served as an A&R representative for major record labels|
|Political Activism||Became a political activist, lobbying for drug awareness policies and support for military families|
|Survivor of Adversity||Overcame a tumultuous past marked by abuse, loss, and addiction|
|Musical Exploration||Experimented with different music styles and merged “cowpunk” into his work|
|Songwriting Collaborations||Engaged in songwriting and duets with other artists|
|Film and Television||Explored acting with roles in various films and television shows|
|Social Activism||Advocated for gay rights, supported gay marriage, and actively engaged in political and social causes|
|Battle with Multiple Sclerosis||Shared his diagnosis of relapsing-remitting MS, showing resilience in the face of health challenges|
Art Alexakis is an American singer-songwriter and guitarist for the rock band Everclear. In addition to composing songs for his band, he also participates in composing music for other singers. Throughout his musical career, Art founded several record labels of his own. Later, he was active both in politics and as a philanthropist.
In March 2019, Art Alexakis shared about himself having multiple sclerosis three years after being diagnosed with the disease through a letter to fans. After his illness, he still regularly toured with his band and even wrote books. Art is always optimistic and inspires people even when he has to fight MS.
18. Annette Funicello
|Full Name||Annette Joanne Funicello|
|Birthdate||October 22, 1942|
|Birthplace||Utica, New York, U.S.|
|Occupations||American actress, singer|
|Spouses||Jack L. Gilardi (m. 1965; div. 1981), Glen D. Holt (m. 1986)|
|Notable Achievements||Popular Mouseketeer on the original Mickey Mouse Club|
|Notable Singles||“O Dio Mio”, “First Name Initial”, “Tall Paul”, “Pineapple Princess”|
|Film Career||Established herself as a film actress, popularizing the “Beach Party” genre|
|Battle with MS||Diagnosed with multiple sclerosis in 1987|
|Death||Passed away on April 8, 2013, due to complications from multiple sclerosis|
|Early Discovery||Discovered by Walt Disney at the age of 12|
|Mickey Mouse Club||Cast as one of the original Mouseketeers|
|Popularity||Received significant fan mail during The Mickey Mouse Club|
|Musical Career||Released successful pop singles under the name “Annette”|
|Contract with Disney||Signed a seven-year contract at the age of 12|
|Teen Idol||Transitioned from Disney to become a teen idol, starring in “Beach Party” movies|
|Autobiography||Published “A Dream Is a Wish Your Heart Makes: My Story”|
|TV Commercials||Became the spokesperson for Skippy peanut butter|
|TV Movies||Starred in TV movies “The Misadventures of Merlin Jones” and “Back to the Beach”|
Annette Funicello was a famous Hollywood actress in the 1950s. She attracted fans with the role of Mouseketeer in The Mickey Mouse Club series. In her teens, she was successful as a pop singer under the name Annette.
Annette Funicello was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis in 1987. In 1992, she officially announced her MS condition to the media. A year later, she founded the Annette Funicello Research Foundation in Neurological Diseases. Due to complications of the disease, Annette passed away on April 8, 2013.
19. Hal Ketchum
|Full Name||Hal Michael Ketchum|
|Birthdate||April 9, 1953|
|Birthplace||Greenwich, New York, U.S.|
|Death||November 23, 2020, Fischer, Texas, U.S.|
|Labels||Watermelon, Curb, Music Road|
|Notable Album||“Past the Point of Rescue” (Certified gold by RIAA)|
|Chart Success||17 entries on Billboard Hot Country Songs, including three No. 2 hits|
|Influences||Folk music, songwriting|
|Accolades||Inducted as the 71st Member of the Grand Ole Opry|
|Retirement||Retired from the music business in 2019 due to a diagnosis of dementia|
|Neurological Disorder||Diagnosed with acute transverse myelitis in 1998|
|Additional Talents||Painter, master carpenter|
Hal Ketchum is an American singer and songwriter. He has been best known for his country music since the 1990s. Since 1986, Hal has released eleven studio albums. Among them, his most commercially successful album, Past the Point of Rescue (1991), was certified gold by the Recording Industry Association of America.
In 1998, on his 45th birthday, Hal was diagnosed with acute transverse myelitis. This neurological disorder is associated with multiple sclerosis, which causes enlargement of the base of the spinal cord. After several months, he could walk, play guitar and perform live, thanks to physical therapy. However, in 2019, he announced his retirement due to being diagnosed with dementia.
20. Alan Osmond
|Full Name||Alan Osmond|
|Birthdate||April 17, 1949|
|Birthplace||Ogden, Utah, U.S.|
|Occupation||Singer, Musician, Actor|
|MS Impact||Limited mobility, speech issues|
|Foundation||The Alan Osmond MS Foundation|
|Notable Works||“Crazy Horses,” “Goin’ Coconuts,” “The Osmonds” TV show|
|MS Advocacy||Active advocate for multiple sclerosis awareness|
|Music Career||Member of the popular Osmond family musical group|
|Philanthropy||Established The Osmond Foundation to support charitable causes|
|Inspirational Book||Authored “The Key to Achieving Unimaginable Dreams”|
Alan Osmond is an American musician and singer, best known as one of the members of the family musical band The Osmonds. This band comprises Alan’s four brothers, Wayne, Merrill, and Jay Osmonds. In addition to their singing careers, they also acted in the ABC TV series The Travels of Jaimie McPheeters (1963-1964).
Alan Osmond began experiencing symptoms of multiple sclerosis in 1987 and was diagnosed with MS soon after. However, he is brave in the face of this disease and declares that he is not a victim of MS. In 2006, Alan’s son David Osmonds was also diagnosed with multiple sclerosis.
Like his father, he has been very active in MS advocacy activities and is one of the speakers of the National MS Society. David also released the song I Can Do This in a campaign to raise public awareness about MS.
21. Lola Falana
|Full Name||Lola Falana|
|Birthdate||September 11, 1942|
|Birthplace||Camden, New Jersey, U.S.|
|Other Names||Loletha Elayne Falana or Loletha Elaine Falana|
|Occupations||Actress, Singer, Dancer|
|Spouse||Feliciano Tavares Jr. (married 1970; divorced 1975)|
|Affair with Sammy Davis Jr.||Yes|
|Multiple Sclerosis||Experienced severe relapse in 1987|
|Religious Conversion||Converted to Catholicism in 1988|
Lola Falana is a New Jersey-born actress, dancer, and singer. She began performing as a dancer in nightclubs from her teenage years to adulthood. In 1975, Falana was nominated for a Tony Award for her performance in the Broadway musical “Doctor Jazz.”
Lola Falana was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis at the age of 45. The disease left her paralyzed on the left side of her body, impaired her hearing and speech, and left her with impaired vision. Falana was forced to cancel all Las Vegas shows and begin treatment for MS. She retired in 1997.
22. Will Cullen Hart
|Will Cullen Hart||Information|
|Full Name||Will Cullen Hart|
|Known for||Co-founder of The Elephant 6 Recording Company and The Olivia Tremor Control|
|Artistic Talent||Visual artist, known for creating artwork for Olivia Tremor Control,|
|Health Condition||Diagnosed with multiple sclerosis|
Will Cullen Hart is a musician and a member of the famous band The Olivia Tremor Control. He is also the co-founder of a record label called The Elephant 6 Recording Company. Will is also known as a sound experimenter due to his unique compositions.
In a 2008 interview, Will Cullen Hart revealed that he had been diagnosed with multiple sclerosis. After learning that he had MS, Will was extremely upset and drank a lot of alcohol. He has also struggled with the pain caused by this MS disease. However, Will continued to play and write more songs.
23. Rachel Miner
|Full Name||Rachel Anne Miner|
|Birthplace||New York City, New York, U.S.|
|Notable Roles||Michelle Bauer on “Guiding Light,” Meg on “Supernatural”|
|Spouse||Macaulay Culkin (married 1998, divorced 2002)|
|Relatives||Worthington Miner (grandfather), Frances Fuller (grandmother)|
|Film Debut||“Alice” (1990)|
|Critical Acclaim||Leading role in “Bully” (2001), Stockholm Film Festival’s Best Actress Award|
|Television Credits||“Shining Time Station: ‘Tis a Gift,” “Sex and the City,” “NY-LON,” “Californication”|
|Advocacy||Advocate for representation of disabled characters|
|Health||Diagnosed with multiple sclerosis in 2010|
|Theater Credits||“Naked Faith: The Way,” “The Diary of Anne Frank,” “God of Vengeance,” “Blue Surge”|
|Non-Profit Work||Executive Director of Random Acts, Inc. (since September 2017)|
Rachel Miner was an American actress popular in the soap opera Guiding Light (1990–1995). She was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis in 2010. Initial symptoms she experienced included poor coordination, decreased vision, fatigue, decreased cognitive ability, and paralysis. In addition, Rachel also had mobility problems and loss of sensation in her extremities.
Due to the effects of MS, Rachel Miner had to adjust her work properly. Due to her poor balance, she used a wheelchair when going out. However, the actress still did all the dangerous scenes herself while filming.
24. Chrissy Amphlett
|Full Name||Chrissy Amphlett|
|Birth Name||Christine Joy Amphlett|
|Born||25 October 1959, Geelong, Victoria, Australia|
|Died||21 April 2013, New York City, U.S.|
|Genres||Rock, new wave|
|Occupation(s)||Singer, songwriter, actress|
|Labels||Chrysalis Records, Virgin Records, RCA Records|
|Musical Achievements||Frontwoman of the rock band Divinyls, known for brash, overtly sexual persona and subversive humor.|
|Acting Career||Played Linda Lips in the R-rated musical comedy “Let My People Come” (1976).|
|Health Challenges||Diagnosed with multiple sclerosis and battled breast cancer.|
|Legacy||Posthumously inducted into the Music Victoria Hall of Fame in 2018.|
|Awards||Inducted into the ARIA Hall of Fame with Divinyls in 2006.|
Chrissy Amphlett is an Australian actress and singer. She is a member of the rock band Divinyls. Chrissy is also known as the queen of Australian rock and attracts much attention thanks to her unique performance style and somewhat rebellious personality.
Chrissy Amphlett once revealed to the public that she has multiple sclerosis in the brain and spinal cord. She was also diagnosed with breast cancer. Due to her co-morbidity of multiple sclerosis and cancer, she could not receive treatment through radiation or chemotherapy. Chrissy died at the age of 53 in 2013 in Manhattan after a long battle with breast cancer.
25. Jonathan Katz
|Full Name||Jonathan Paul Katz|
|Birthdate||December 1, 1946|
|Birthplace||New York City, New York, U.S.|
Jonathan Katz is a comedian best known for his role on the sitcom Dr. Katz, Professional Therapist. He diagnosed with multiple sclerosis in 1996 thanks to early signs of the disease. Katz hid her illness but later went public because she was tired of keeping it a secret.
Currently, Jonathan Katz has become a speaker and has tours sharing about this MS disease. He often appears on stage with the help of a wheelchair and a cane. Katz has inspired many people with multiple sclerosis to gain confidence and feel like they are being helped.
26. Janice Dean
|Full Name||Janice Dean|
|Birthdate||May 9, 1970|
|Birthplace||Toronto, Ontario, Canada|
|Occupation||Weather presenter, television show host, author|
|Alma Mater||Algonquin College|
|Career Highlights||Co-host and weather anchor on Fox & Friends|
|Notable Books||“Mostly Sunny: How I Learned to Keep Smiling Through the Rainiest Days”|
|Advocacy||Critic of Governor Andrew Cuomo and media coverage|
|Medical Condition||Diagnosed with multiple sclerosis in 2005|
Janice Dean is a television meteorologist for Fox News and the host of Fox and Friends. She is also known as a longtime Fox weather forecaster by the nickname Janice Dean the Weather Machine. Furthermore, she is also the author of the Freddy the Frogcaster book series.
Janice was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis in 2005 and went public about her illness three years later. Janice suffered from exhaustion and paralysis in her feet and thighs, and she also had lesions in her brain and spine on an MRI scan. She has always been vocal and open about her MS and is proud to have bravely faced it.
27. Madlyn Rhue
|Full Name||Madlyn Soloman Rhue|
|Birthdate||October 3, 1935|
|Birthplace||Washington, D.C., U.S.|
|Death||December 16, 2003 (aged 68)|
|Occupation||Film and television actress|
|Education||Los Angeles High School|
Los Angeles City College
|Career Debut||Dancer at the Copacabana night club in New York City at age 17|
|Notable Films||Operation Petticoat|
The Ladies Man
A Majority of One
It’s a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World
|Notable TV Series||Bonanza|
|Multiple Sclerosis||Diagnosed in 1977, continued working despite physical challenges|
|Last TV Role||Murder, She Wrote (recurring role)|
|Last Movie Role||A Mother’s Justice (1991)|
|Political Affiliation||Registered Republican, supported Gerald Ford, Ronald Reagan, and George H. W. Bush|
|Religious Beliefs||Adhered to Judaism outside of her marriage to Tony Young, partook in Catholicism|
Madlyn Rhue is an American actress who debuted in 1952 as a dancer. Her stage name was inspired by the famous film 13 Rue Madeleine (1947). Rhue acted in films of the 1950s and 1990s, such as The Ladies Man, A Majority of One, Stand Up and Be Counted (1972), It’s a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World (1963), Kenner (1969), etc.
Madlyn Rhue was once diagnosed with multiple sclerosis. This disease has caused no small challenges for her acting career. Not only that but she was also diagnosed with a disease that destroys the myelin sheath around nerves. Madlyn Rhue died in 2003 after a long life with MS and pneumonia.
28. Tamara Dobson
|Full Name||Tamara Dobson|
|Birthdate||May 14, 1947|
|Birthplace||Baltimore, Maryland, U.S.|
|Education||Maryland Institute College of Art|
|Occupations||Actress, fashion model|
|Career Highlights||– Best known for her role as Cleopatra “Cleo” Jones in the Blaxploitation films “Cleopatra Jones” (1973) and “Cleopatra Jones and the Casino of Gold” (1975)|
|Filmography||– Cleopatra Jones|
|Television Appearances||– Buck Rogers in the 25th Century (Episode 13: Doctor Delora Bayliss)|
|Health Condition||Diagnosed with multiple sclerosis|
|Death||October 2, 2006, at Keswick Multi-Care Center in Baltimore, Maryland, due to complications from pneumonia and multiple sclerosis|
|Marital Status||Never married or had children|
Tamara Dobson is a famous actress and fashion model who started her career in the 1960s. She became famous for her role as Agent Cleopatra Jones in the series about this character. She appeared in many major fashion shows and was the cover face of many magazines, including Vogue and Essence. Other films starring Tamara include Amazons (1984), Buck Rogers in the 25th Century (1979), Fuzz (1972), Murder at the World Series (1977), etc.
In 2000, Tamara was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis. She battled many diseases in the last years of her life. Tamara Dobson died in 2006 from complications from pneumonia, multiple sclerosis, and pneumonia.
29. Raymond Edward Johnson
|Raymond Edward Johnson||Information|
|Full Name||Raymond Edward Johnson|
|Birthdate||July 24, 1911|
|Death||August 15, 2001 (age 90)|
|Known for||Acting on Inner Sanctum Mysteries on radio|
|Education||Studied acting at Goodman School of Drama in Chicago|
|Early Career||Started as a bank teller|
|Notable Roles||Host/narrator on Inner Sanctum Mysteries radio series|
|On-Stage Success||Starred as Thomas Jefferson in Broadway play The Patriots|
|Radio Appearances||Featured in various radio dramas and soap operas|
|Film Appearance||Played Alexander Graham Bell in the film Mr. Bell|
|Battle with MS||Stricken with multiple sclerosis|
Raymond Edward Johnson is an actor, presenter, and radio actor best known for his Inner Sanctum Mysteries. He has had lead roles in Mandrake the Magician and Don Winslow of the Navy. During the time radio became popular, Johnson performed on radio shows such as Lights Out, The First Nighter, Stella Dallas, The Guiding Light, Gang Busters, Mr. District Attorney, etc.
Raymond Edward Johnson contracted multiple sclerosis at the age of forty. Due to the effects of the disease, he had to limit his activities for the following years. Despite using a wheelchair, Johnson still regularly performs in recreations and reprising “Raymond.” He passed away not long after celebrating his 90th birthday.
30. Margaret Leighton
|Full Name||Margaret Leighton|
|Birth Date||26 February 1922|
|Birth Place||Barnt Green, Worcestershire, England|
|Death Date||13 January 1976|
|Death Place||Chichester, West Sussex, England|
|Film Appearances||The Winslow Boy, Under Capricorn, The Elusive Pimpernel, The Holly and the Ivy, The Go-Between, and more|
|Awards||BAFTA Award for Best Supporting Actress, Academy Award nomination for Best Supporting Actress|
|Stage Career||Tony Award for Best Actress in a Play for Separate Tables and The Night of the Iguana|
|Television Appearances||Alfred Hitchcock Presents, Ben Casey, Burke’s Law, Space: 1999, and more|
|Marriages||Max Reinhardt, Laurence Harvey, Michael Wilding|
|Cause of Death||Multiple sclerosis|
Margaret Leighton is an English actress active in film, television, and theatre. She has won an Academy Award nomination and a BAFTA Award for Best Supporting Actress in the same category. Famous films with the appearance of Margaret, such as The Winslow Boy, Under Capricorn, The Holly and the Ivy, 7 Women, The Go-Between, etc.
Margaret Leighton was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis in 1971. Due to the symptoms of the disease, she had difficulty shooting her scenes. MS also gave Margaret the onset of other conditions, such as anxiety and Tourette’s syndrome. In the last years of her life, although she had to rely on the help of a wheelchair to get around, she continued to act in films. Margaret died in 1976 in Chichester, United Kingdom.
31. Jim Sweeney
|Full Name||Jim Sweeney|
|Associated Acts||Jim Sweney, Little Jim and the Fabulous Monkeymen, Sweney Band, Sweney Bruner Band, Sweney/Campbell, Sweney Campbell Band, Sweney Campbell & Glazer, The Tiptones, The Young Aristocracy|
|Notable Performances||Mystery Theater (historic bar on Boston Ave in the 1970s)|
|Musical Style||Versatile, excels in Joe Cocker renditions and various genres|
|Album Releases||Notable albums from back in the day|
|Impact on Tulsa Music||Considered the “darling of Tulsa music,” highly talented|
|Personal Traits||Sweet soul, known for giving great hugs|
|Recognition||Highly respected by those familiar with Tulsa’s musical history|
|Beloved by Tulsa||Cherished as a brilliant talent and a part of the local music scene|
|Fan Appreciation||Fond memories and gratitude for the wonderful performances|
Jim Sweeney is an English comedian, actor, and writer. He is also known for collaborating with comedian Steve Steen. In the 1970s, Sweeney was active on stage and frequently toured with Steen. He is also the producer of several television programs for the BBC.
Jim Sweeney was also a person diagnosed with multiple sclerosis in 1985. Due to mobility difficulties, he needs the help of a wheelchair and a walking stick. MS has kept Sweeney out of the stage since 2008 but continues to be a member of the Comedy Store Players.
32. Marie Dubois
|Full Name||Marie Dubois|
|Birth Name||Claudine Lucie Pauline Huzé|
|Birthdate||January 12, 1937|
|Place of Birth||Paris, France|
|Education||École de la rue Blanche (ENSATT)|
|Notable Films||Shoot the Piano Player, Jules and Jim, The Thief of Paris|
|Genres||New Wave, Thriller, Comedy|
|Awards||César Award for Best Supporting Actress (1978)|
|Spouse||Serge Rousseau (m. 1961-2007)|
|Children||Dominique Rousseau (daughter)|
|Multiple Sclerosis||Diagnosed with multiple sclerosis|
|Date of Death||October 15, 2014|
|Place of Death||Lescar, France|
Marie Dubois is an actress from France. With her innocent look, blue eyes, and beautiful smile, she has been chosen to act in films by great directors such as Jean-Luc Godard and François Truffaut. Her best-known films are Jules et Jim (1962), Une femme est une femme (1961), Piano Player (1960), Jules et Jim (1962), etc.
While filming for Piano Player, Marie Dubois began showing symptoms of multiple sclerosis. She was diagnosed with MS and struggled with it for the rest of her life. Since 2001, Marie has been active in UNICEP, an organization that works to combat the multiple sclerosis she is suffering from. Marie Dubois died in 2014 in Lescar after a long battle with illness.
33. Siedah Garrett
|Full Name||Siedah Garrett|
|Birth Name||Deborah Christine Garrett|
|Date of Birth||June 24, 1960 (age 63)|
|Birthplace||Los Angeles, California, U.S.|
|Occupation(s)||Singer, songwriter, composer|
|Instrument(s)||Vocals, piano, keyboards|
|Notable Collaborations||Michael Jackson, Pointer Sisters, Brand New Heavies, Quincy Jones, Tevin Campbell, Donna Summer, Madonna, Jennifer Hudson, and more|
|Awards and Nominations||Grammy Award for Best Song Written for Visual Media (won), Academy Awards nominations for Best Original Song, Lifetime Achievement Award by The National R&B Music Society, and more|
|Notable Hits||“Don’t Look Any Further” with Dennis Edwards, “Do You Want It Right Now?”, “Everchanging Times”, “K.I.S.S.I.N.G.”, and more|
|Involvement with Michael Jackson||Co-wrote and performed on “I Just Can’t Stop Loving You”, Co-wrote and performed backing vocals on “Man in the Mirror”, Toured as a backing vocalist with Michael Jackson|
|Multiple Sclerosis||Siedah Garrett announced her diagnosis of multiple sclerosis (MS) in 2017.|
|Recent Projects||Writing lyrics for the Broadway musical “Black Orpheus”, Part of the songwriting team for the upcoming film “The Color Purple”|
Siedah Garrett is an American singer and songwriter. She has participated in composing and backing songs for some of the world’s top stars, such as Michael Jackson, Madonna, Jennifer Hudson, Pointer Sisters, Quincy Jones, Tevin Campbell, Donna Summer, etc. Siedah has won two Oscars and a Grammy.
At the Race To Erase MS event, Siedah Garrett announced that she is a sufferer of Multiple Sclerosis. In fact, she has been diagnosed with this disease since 2011 and has kept it a secret. Siedah then opened up about her condition and how she maintains an active lifestyle as part of her treatment for MS.
34. Mayte Garcia
|Full Name||Mayte Garcia|
|Birthdate||November 12, 1973 (age 49)|
|Birthplace||Fort Rucker, Alabama, U.S.|
|Education||General H. H. Arnold High School, Wiesbaden Ballet|
|Occupations||Dancer, Actress, Singer|
|Notable Works||Collaborations with Prince, Love Symbol album|
|Book||“The Most Beautiful: My Life with Prince” (2017)|
|Residence||Las Vegas, Nevada, U.S.|
|Children||1 (Amiir, deceased), 1 adopted daughter (Gia)|
|Health Condition||Living with multiple sclerosis, managing symptoms|
Mayte Garcia is an American singer, dancer, and actress. She was once known as the ex-wife of the famous male singer-songwriter Prince. In addition to composing and singing her songs, Garcia has acted in several films and television shows. She has also written and published the book The Most Beautiful: My Life, about her career and relationships during her time with Prince.
Mayte Garcia started showing symptoms of multiple sclerosis in 2010. She suffered from corneal neuritis that caused her to temporarily lose her vision. Contrary to keeping her MS a secret, Garcia is now very open about her condition and making it public for everyone to know. She has been prescribed with many medications to help alleviate MS symptoms such as constant fatigue, headaches, and heat sensitivity.
35. Richard Pryor
|Full Name||Richard Pryor|
|Birthdate||December 1, 1940|
|Birthplace||Peoria, Illinois, U.S.|
|Occupation||Stand-up comedian, actor, writer|
|Multiple Sclerosis Diagnosis||January 1986|
|Notable Works||“Live on the Sunset Strip,” “Stir Crazy”|
|Awards||Primetime Emmy Award, Grammy Award|
|Spouse||Patricia Price, Shelley R. Bonus, Deborah McGuire,|
Richard Pryor is a famous African-American actor and comedian. Richard has been one of the highest-paid African-American actors throughout his acting career. He was one of the few African-Americans diagnosed with multiple sclerosis in 1986.
Although MS hindered his artistic career, Richard Pryor continued to bring audiences popular comedies. Even in a wheelchair, he brings laughter to everyone. In 2005, Richard Pryor died of a heart attack. However, he became one of Hollywood’s most famous figures and left his legacy of a massive acting career.
36. Exene Cervenka
|Full Name||Exene Cervenka|
|Birth Name||Christene Lee Cervenka|
|Date of Birth||February 1, 1956|
|Birthplace||Chicago, Illinois, U.S.|
|Current Residence||Orange County, California, U.S.|
|Occupation||Singer, Artist, Poet|
|Known For||Singer in the punk rock band X|
|Collaborations||Collaborated with artist Lydia Lunch on books and spoken word album|
|Musical Career||Co-lead vocalist and primary songwriter for X band|
|Notable Albums||Released debut album “Los Angeles” and five more albums|
|Art Exhibitions||Held solo exhibition “America the Beautiful”|
|Relationships||Formerly married to John Doe and Viggo Mortensen|
|Multiple Sclerosis||Diagnosed with multiple sclerosis, later questioned|
|Social Controversies||Previously advanced conspiracy theories, issued subsequent apology|
Exene Cervenka is a singer, poet, and artist best known as a member and co-founder of the punk rock band “X.” As a teenager, she learned about the disease and donated to the National Multiple Sclerosis Society to help MS patients.
In 2009, Exene Cervenka shared with fans that she had been diagnosed with multiple sclerosis. This disease has affected her health for quite a long time. Despite this, Exene continues to tour and release quality studio albums. She tries to be positive in the face of illness. Exene is also one of the artists who actively donate to the Sweet Relief fund founded by singer Victoria Williams.
37. Captain Beefheart
|Full Name||Don Glen Vliet|
|Also known as||Captain Beefheart|
|Birth Date||January 15, 1941|
|Birthplace||Glendale, California, U.S.|
|Death||December 17, 2010 (aged 69)|
|Genres||Avant-garde, blues rock, art rock, experimental rock,|
|Occupation(s)||Singer-songwriter, musician, painter, poet, composer,|
|Instrument(s)||Vocals, harmonica, saxophone, clarinet, oboe, horn,|
|Labels||A&M, Buddah, Blue Thumb, ABC, Reprise, Straight, Virgin,|
|Formerly of||The Magic Band, The Mothers of Invention|
Captain Beefheart is an American singer-songwriter, artist, and visual artist. He is the conductor of The Magic Band. Beefheart’s music is a rich mix of blues, free jazz, and rock genres. His music influenced many later rock and punk musicians.
In the early 90s, Captain Beefheart was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis. He had to use a wheelchair to get around. After becoming weakened by MS and tired of the music industry, Beefheart retired and became an artist. Since then, he has rarely appeared publicly and spent most of his life painting.
38. Ann Romney
|Full Name||Ann Romney|
|Birthdate||April 17, 1949|
|Occupation||Philanthropist, Author, Equestrian|
|Multiple Sclerosis Diagnosis||1998|
|Notable Works||“The Romney Family Table” (cookbook)|
|Philanthropic Efforts||Co-founded the Ann Romney Center for Neurological Diseases|
|Advocacy||Advocate for individuals with multiple sclerosis|
|Public Speaking||Keynote speaker at various conferences and events|
Ann Romney is an American author, philanthropist, and activist. She is the wife of Senator Mitt Romney of Utah and became the first lady of Massachusetts when her husband was governor from 2003 to 2007. Ann Romney followed Mitt Romney closely during the campaign when he became one of the US presidential candidates. Therefore, she has a significant influence on the image of her husband.
Ann Romney was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis in 1998 after experiencing severe numbness, fatigue, and other symptoms. She openly discussed her struggle with the disease and became an MS activist. Fortunately, Ann Romney discovered her passion for horseback riding as an important therapy for treating MS. She also shared that breasts have been her companions throughout treatment and recovery.
39. Victoria Williams
|Full Name||Victoria Williams|
|Birthdate||December 23, 1958|
|Birthplace||Shreveport, Louisiana, United States|
|Genres||Folk, folk rock, country, alternative country|
|Labels||Geffen, Mammoth, Atlantic, Thirsty Ear Recordings|
|Notable Works||“Crazy Mary,” “Frying Pan,” “Happy Come Home”|
|Associated Acts||Giant Sand, Pearl Jam, Lucinda Williams|
|Diagnosis||Diagnosed with multiple sclerosis in the early 1990s|
|Charitable Involvement||Catalyst for the Sweet Relief Musicians Fund|
|Debut Album||Happy Come Home (1987)|
|Benefit Projects||Sweet Relief: A Benefit for Victoria Williams, Sweet Relief II: Gravity of the Situation|
|Film Appearances||Acted in Even Cowgirls Get the Blues|
|Live Albums||This Moment in Toronto with the Loose Band (1995)|
|Tribute Album Contributions||Avalon Blues: A Tribute To Mississippi John Hurt|
|Ranked Songwriter||Ranked No. 89 on Paste magazine’s list of the Top 100 Living Songwriters|
Victoria Williams is a famous American singer, songwriter, and musician from Louisiana, United States. She is an influential musician with a wide variety of music genres and artistic styles. Many famous legends have praised Victoria such as Lou Reed, Neil Young, and Lucinda Williams,…
Victoria Williams was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis in the early 1990s. She received help from many people to help her battle MS. Victoria established the Sweet Relief Foundation to raise funds and raise money to help other multiple sclerosis patients.
40. Michaele Salahi
|Full Name||Michaele Salahi|
|Birth Name||Michaele Ann Holt|
|Date of Birth||October 1, 1965 (Age 57)|
|Occupation||Television Personality and Model|
|Claim to Fame||Cast member of The Real Housewives of D.C.|
|Known For||Gaining national attention in 2009 for breaching White House state dinner security|
|Education||Attended King’s College, Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania (Did not graduate)|
|Marriages||1. Tareq Salahi (2003-2012)|
|Career Highlights||Former front-desk employee at WKRZ radio station|
|Music||Released pop single “Bump It!” in 2011|
|Notable Incidents||Posed with Barack Obama and Black Eyed Peas in 2005|
|Legal Issues||Subject of Secret Service investigation|
|Personal Life||Went missing and later discovered with Neal Schon|
Michaele Salahi is an American model and television personality. She is most famous as one of the participants in the reality television show The Real Housewives of D.C.
In her book about herself, released in 2010, Michael Salahi revealed that she has multiple sclerosis. She kept her MS a secret from the public for seventeen years. Due to her declining health due to MS, she decided not to have children. In addition, Michael also has to deal with an eating disorder while being treated for multiple sclerosis.
41. Richard Cohen
|Full Name||Richard A. Cohen|
|Associated with||Ex-gay movement|
|Education||Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from Boston University, Master of Arts degree in counseling psychology from Antioch University|
|Marital Status||Married to Jae Sook Cohen (m. 1980)|
|Family Background||Born into a Jewish family in Philadelphia|
|Personal Journey||Previously identified as gay, claims to have become heterosexual in 1987|
|Involvement in Ex-gay Movement||Co-founder of Positive Approaches to Healthy Sexuality (PATH), founded the International Healing Foundation (IHF) in 1990 (dissolved in 2015)|
|Controversy||Expelled from the American Counseling Association (ACA) in 2002, opponents claimed unethical practices, Cohen and PATH reject conversion therapy but believe change is possible|
|Media Appearances||Featured on Jimmy Kimmel Live!, The Rachel Maddow Show, The Daily Show, Larry King Live, The O’Reilly Factor, The Edge with Paula Zahn, CNN, and ABC News|
|Notable Book||“Coming Out Straight” featured in Wayne Besen’s book “Anything but Straight”|
Richard Cohen is an American author, journalist, and television producer. He has worked for CBS News and CNN and is a three-time Emmy Award winner. Richard is married to his NBC News colleague Meredith Vieira and has three children. One of his children also became a reporter and worked for KOMO-TV.
Richard Cohen was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis at the age of 25. Richard’s health problems caused by MS interfered with his daily life. In addition, he faces colon cancer and is legally blind. Richard Cohen published his autobiography Blindsided: Lifting a Life Above Illness: A Reluctant Memoir in 2004.
42. Donna Fargo
|Full Name||Donna Fargo|
|Birth Name||Yvonne Vaughn|
|Born||November 10, 1945|
|Origin||Mount Airy, North Carolina, United States|
|Occupation||Musician, songwriter, author|
|Labels||Challenge Records, Dot, Warner Bros., SongBird, RCA, Mercury Nashville, Cleveland, Ramco Records|
|Notable Hits||– “The Happiest Girl In The Whole U.S.A.”|
|Major Awards||– Grammy Award|
|Education||High Point College, University of Southern California (USC)|
|Television Series||Hosted her own musical television show produced by the Osmond Brothers|
|Multiple Sclerosis||Diagnosed with multiple sclerosis in 1978|
|Books and Greeting Cards||Author of eight books and creator of The Donna Fargo Collection greeting cards|
|Awards and Recognition||Inducted into the North Carolina Music Hall of Fame in 2010|
Donna Fargo is an American country singer and songwriter. She is known for her 1970s Top 10 Country Hits, such as The Happiest Girl in the Whole USA and Funny Face. Since her debut, Donna has won major accolades, including a Grammy, five Academy of Country Music Awards, and a Country Music Association award.
Donna Fargo has struggled with strange symptoms such as severe back pain and calf muscle spasms. She was finally diagnosed with multiple sclerosis in 1978. Rest was the only therapy to relieve MS at that time, but Donna continued to write music and perform. Donna is still active in the music industry despite her advanced age.
43. Masta Ace
|Full Name||Masta Ace|
|Birth Name||Duval Clear|
|Also Known As||Ase One, Eca Retsam|
|Date of Birth||December 4, 1966|
|Place of Origin||New York City, U.S.|
|Occupation(s)||Rapper, record producer|
|Labels||Cold Chillin’, Reprise, Warner Bros., Delicious Vinyl, Big Beat, JCOR, Interscope, Universal, Yosumi, M3|
|Formerly of||eMC, Crooklyn Dodgers, Masta Ace Incorporated, Juice Crew|
|Notable Collaborations||“The Symphony,” “Born to Roll,” “Sittin’ on Chrome”|
|Notable Albums||“Take a Look Around,” “SlaughtaHouse,” “Sittin’ on Chrome,” “Disposable Arts,” “A Long Hot Summer,” “A Breukelen Story”|
Masta Ace is an American rapper and record producer. He is noted for his distinctive voice and charismatic rapping ability. The rapper also appeared in the 1988 classic musical The Symphony.
Masta Ace was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis in 2000. At first, he kept his illness a secret from anyone other than his wife and a few close friends. In 2013, Masta Ace went public about her MS diagnosis for the first time after living with it. Masta Ace did this because he didn’t want anyone to treat him differently just because he had MS. Thanks to the help from his wife, Masta Ace continued his work and overcame the disease with optimism.
44. Jeff Beal
|Full Name||Jeff Beal|
|Birthdate||April 20, 1963|
|Birthplace||Hayward, California, U.S.|
|Alma Mater||California Institute of the Arts|
|Genres||Film score, television score, jazz|
|Notable Works||“House of Cards,” “Monk,” “Carnivàle,” “Rome”|
|Multiple Sclerosis||Diagnosed in 2007|
|Awards||Primetime Emmy Award, Grammy Award|
Jeff Beal is a composer for movies, TV shows, and concerts hall. The genre of music that he is highly appreciated for when composing is Jazz. Jeff is also a versatile composer who combines many musical elements when composing his works.
Jeff Beal revealed he was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis in 2007. However, he still works hard with a hectic schedule. To focus on making music, Jeff turned to therapies to help stabilize MS symptoms. Currently, he is treating multiple sclerosis with venipuncture.
45. Serdar Ortaç
|Full Name||Serdar Ortaç|
|Birthdate||April 17, 1970|
|Occupation||Singer, songwriter, composer|
|Notable Works||“Gel Barışalım”, “Mesafe”, “Nefes”|
Serdar Ortaç is a Turkish musician, singer, and composer. He was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis after being married a few weeks to model Chloe Loughnan. Serdar announced his MS to the public by posting several pictures of him being treated for MS in the hospital on Twitter.
Fortunately, Serdar Ortaç was well taken care of by the doctors. He also received the support and encouragement of his newlywed wife. Chloe Loughnan thanked fans for supporting her husband and shared that she will always be by Serdar’s side as he battles MS.
46. Clive Burr
|Full Name||Clive Burr|
|Birth Name||Clive Ronald Burr|
|Born||March 8, 1957|
|Birthplace||East Ham, London, England|
|Died||March 12, 2013 (aged 56)|
|Genres||Heavy metal, hard rock|
|Band Membership||Iron Maiden, Samson, Trust, Alcatrazz|
|Notable Records||Iron Maiden, Killers, The Number of the Beast|
|Songwriting||Co-wrote “Gangland” and “Total Eclipse”|
|Drumming Style||Influential on heavy metal drummers|
|Multiple Sclerosis||Diagnosed in the late 1990s|
|Charitable Work||Clive Burr MS Trust Fund, Clive Aid|
|Legacy||Regarded as one of Iron Maiden’s best drummers|
Clive Burr was an English drummer who was a member of the band Iron Maiden (1979-1982). He is a great drummer who has made many valuable contributions to Iron Maiden since the band was formed. Clive was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis in the late 1990s. His partner Mimi also suffered from the disease.
The treatment of multiple sclerosis has caused Clive Burr many difficulties. Iron Maiden organized a series of charity concerts to establish the Clive Burr MS Trust. Clive Burr is also the patron of a charity called Clive Aid. This is an organization created to raise awareness and fund multiple sclerosis and cancer treatment programs around the world. The organization is maintained through the organization of rock events featuring appearances by Clive Burr.
47. Trevor Bayne
|Full Name||Trevor Bayne|
|Date of Birth||February 19, 1991|
|Racing Career||Competed in NASCAR Cup Series and NASCAR Xfinity Series|
|Cup Series Team||Wood Brothers Racing|
|Cup Series Car||No. 21 Ford Fusion|
|Notable Achievement||Youngest-ever winner of the Daytona 500 (2011)|
|Health Condition||Diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis (MS) in 2013|
|Continued Racing||Despite health condition, continued to race|
If you love car racing, you can’t help but know Trevor Bayne. He was the youngest person ever to win the Daytona 500 at just 20 years old. Trevor has won numerous awards in tournaments throughout his professional racing career.
Trevor Bayne was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis in 2013 after experiencing several health problems. Initially, he was diagnosed with Lyme disease due to symptoms of blurred vision, nausea, and numbness. But just weeks after winning the Iowa Speedway, doctors concluded Trevor had MS. In addition to treating MS, he continues to compete in racing and will return to the season in 2023.
48. John Hicklenton
|Full Name||John Hicklenton|
|Birthdate||8 May 1967|
|Area(s)||Penciller, Artist, Inker|
|Notable works||Nemesis the Warlock, Judge Dredd (Heavy Metal Dredd)|
|Awards||Eagle Award, Grierson documentary award (Best Newcomer, Best Arts Documentary)|
|Death||19 March 2010 (aged 42) at Dignitas in Switzerland|
|Comic Projects||Sand (Renegade Arts Entertainment), ZombieWorld (Dark Horse Comics)|
|Final Graphic Novel||100 Months (published by Cutting Edge Press)|
If you love comic books, you can’t help but mention the famous comic artist John Hicklenton. His world-famous works include Nemesis the Warlock, Tharg’s Future Shocks, Third World War, Judge Dredd, etc.
John Hicklenton was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis in 2000. He recorded a documentary about his process of living with the disease produced by Animal Monday. It took John more than five years to make the film and chronicle his bravery in the face of his illness while fighting MS. This film premiered at the Science Museum in 2008 and won two Grierson Awards for Best Newcomer and Best Arts Documentary.
49. Michael Kamen
|Full Name||Michael Kamen|
|Birthdate||April 17, 1948|
|Birthplace||New York City, New York, U.S.|
|Alma Mater||Juilliard School|
|Occupation||Music Composer, Conductor, Arranger|
|Known For||Film scores, collaborations|
|Multiple Sclerosis Diagnosis||Yes|
|Impact on Career||Significantly contributed to the field of music through his compositions and arrangements for film scores.|
|Advocacy Work||Active in raising awareness about multiple sclerosis and supporting related causes.|
|Notable Achievements||Multiple Grammy Awards and Academy Award nominations for his exceptional work in the music industry.|
|Significant Collaborations||Collaborated with renowned artists such as Pink Floyd, Eric Clapton, and Metallica.|
|Philanthropic Involvement||Engaged in philanthropic activities to support various charitable causes.|
Michael Kamen is an American musician, conductor, and film scores composer. He is considered one of Hollywood’s most accomplished composers. Michael has written music for films such as the Lethal Weapon series, Die Hard, X-Men (2000), Band of Brothers, Frequency (2000), Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves, and many more.
In 1996, Michael Kamen was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis, but it was not until 1997 that he went public about his illness. He died of a heart attack in November 2003 in London, England. He left behind a massive legacy that includes many of the musical works he composed during his lifetime.
50. Aaron Solowoniuk
|Full Name||Aaron Solowoniuk|
|Birthplace||Streetsville, Mississauga, Ontario, Canada|
|Genre||Alternative Rock, Post-Hardcore|
|Notable Works||Drumming in Billy Talent, Advocacy for Multiple Sclerosis|
|Family||Wife, Daughter (Willow), Son (Niko), Dog (Roxy)|
|Medical Condition||Multiple Sclerosis|
|Philanthropy||Organized F.U.M.S concert benefit for MS Society of Canada|
|Instruments||Pearl Drums, Sabian Cymbals (HHX, AAX lines)|
Aaron Solowoniuk is a Canadian drummer and one of the members of the band Billy Talent. In March 2006, Aaron shared with the public that he has multiple sclerosis through a letter written to fans of the band. Before that, he kept his illness a secret to avoid injury.
Billy Talent’s This Is How It Goes is the song Billy Talent wrote about Aaron’s battle with MS. He also advocates finding a cure for multiple sclerosis by giving charity concerts to raise money for the MS Society. One of Aaron’s concerts is called F.U.M.S, performed by Billy Talent, Moneen, and Alexisonfire at the Opera House in Toronto. All proceeds from this concert are donated to the Multiple Sclerosis Society of Canada.