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Clay Walker (Page 1 of 3)

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Clay Walker

Ernest Clayton (Clay) Walker, Jr. is a talented man, with a large group of dedicated fans; a good man, who has created a non-profit organization, Band against MS, dedicated to supporting those living with multiple sclerosis; and an extremely lucky man, with a wife, Jessica, who makes sure that she says “I love you” every time he injects the Copaxone drug necessary to help treat his own MS.  MS is a disease that affects the central nervous system—the brain and spinal cord. It can cause problems with muscle control and strength, vision, balance, feeling and thinking. Walker, who's in remission, has what's called relapsing-remitting MS.

 

Clay was first diagnosed in 1996 as he was playing his usual pick-up basketball game with friends. During the game, his leg stopped working and he was experiencing double vision. "I went for an MRI and they found lesions and scars on my brain. That's what multiple sclerosis (MS) means—multiple scars," Walker says.

After the diagnosis of MS was confirmed, his concerns turned to his young daughter; would he be able to dance at her wedding or even be around long enough to give away the bride?  And even more, would he be able to play with her and her two siblings to come. In fact, his children (William, MaClay, and Skylor) have embraced the situation and can and do help inject their dad with Copaxone.

BAND AGAINST MS

Clay’s organization, Band Against MS, Inc., is a 501 (c) (3), a non-profit public charity, committed to providing educational information for those living with multiple sclerosis, funding programs researching a cure for multiple sclerosis, and funding programs helping those living with the disease.  More information about BAMS is available at www.bandagainstms.org.

The five goals of BAMS currently include:

  • To help provide hope for those living with MS;

  • To educate those living with MS about the importance of working with a doctor to help manage MS;

  • To encourage individuals living with MS to seek appropriate treatment;

  • To fund research seeking a cure for the disease;  and

  • To fund programs providing assistance to people living with MS.

 

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