Aug 14, 2013
Cheryl Rothe, National MS Society
(248) 936-0360 or firstname.lastname@example.org
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Editors: David Osmond is available for telephone interviews. He will be available on a limited basis for in-person interviews on the evening of September 9th or on September 10th up to 11 a.m. and after 2 p.m. Find out more about him at www.davidosmond.com.
DETROIT LUNCHEON FEATURES ENTERTAINER WHO LIVES WITH MULTIPLE SCLEROSIS
Southfield, MI (August 14, 2013) – When David Osmond was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis (MS) seven years ago at the age of 26, he was in the prime of his life and launching a solo career as a pop singer. "I thought music was done for me," he said. At the onset of the disease that attacks the central nervous system, Osmond couldn't walk, his breathing was so labored that he couldn't sing, and playing guitar was impossible.
Fortunately, he has regained much of his function, but thinks about what it must have meant for an Osmond to ponder life without music. David grew up in the spotlight and began his career as an entertainer at the age of four. He is the son of Alan Osmond, the founder of the famed troupe of singing brothers who also lives with MS, and is the nephew of Donny & Marie Osmond.
Osmond credits a favorite saying of his father Alan’s — "I may have MS but MS does not have me" — with helping him get back on stage. He has become a symbol of hope for the MS community.
David Osmond will perform and share his inspirational story in Detroit on September 10th at the Women on the Move Luncheon presented by the National Multiple Sclerosis Society, Michigan Chapter.
Multiple sclerosis affects more than 18,000 people in Michigan and is two to three times more likely to develop in women. Michigan has one of the highest incidence rates of MS in the country.
Like all people with MS, Osmond knows there is no cure…yet. “It’s something I deal with on a day to day basis, every minute,” he said. “I kind of cover it up, but I still have MS. I constantly feel pain in my legs, but right now I’m able to stand, walk, and drive a car. I am truly blessed.” He understands that the symptoms that put him in a wheelchair once can reoccur at any time. “People ask me all the time, ‘How are you doing?’ and I tell them, ‘It’s the best day of my life, because I’m still here, on this planet, still breathing.’”
The Women on the Move Luncheon will be held at the Westin Book Cadillac Detroit, beginning at
11:30 a.m. on September 10th. Tickets are available online at nationalMSsociety.org/mig or by calling
248-936-0342. Proceeds benefit the National MS Society, Michigan Chapter.
The honorary chair of the event is Detroit’s First Lady Yvette Bing. Mrs. Bing’s twin sister had multiple sclerosis. Ann Thomas, executive producer of the Paul W. Smith Show and host of “Women Who Lead” on WJR 760am, will emcee the luncheon program.
Sponsors of Women on the Move include Ford Motor Company, Henry Ford Health System, Genzyme, Teva, Hour Detroit, and WJR 760am.
About Multiple Sclerosis
Multiple sclerosis is a chronic, often disabling disease that attacks the central nervous system (CNS), which is made up of the brain, spinal cord, and optic nerves. MS affects more than 18,000 people in Michigan and is two to three times more likely to develop in women. There are more than 400,000 people living with MS in the United States and 2.1 million worldwide. The National MS Society mobilizes people and resources to drive research for a cure and to address the daily challenges of everyone affected by MS. For more information, visit www.nationalMSsociety.org.
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