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Meet Amy Schumer - Comedian, Writer, Actor and MS Activist Extraordinaire

July 17, 2015

Amy and her dad, Gordon Schumer

Amy Schumer is one of the most popular and admired comedic personalities on the scene today. She is presently best known as the creator, star, writer, and executive producer of the Comedy Central show Inside Amy Schumer. She is also a 2015 recipient of the Time 100 Most Influential Artists with her show receiving both a Peabody Award and a Critic’s Choice Award.

What also makes Amy Schumer very special to everyone impacted by multiple sclerosis is that her father Gordon Schumer has MS and currently resides in an assisted living facility. In fact, Amy wrote and stars in a funny yet touching film that opens July 17, TRAINWRECK, which draws on her life as a child with a parent who has MS. Amy credits her dad for shaping her sense of humor, which has provided her great strength when faced with adversity, which included her parents’ divorce when she was a teen.

Shares Amy in a recent interview, “I love to laugh. I seek laughter all the time. I think that’s something that also comes with having a sick parent is you don’t know what’s going to happen and so I’ll be, like, ‘I’m psyched my legs still work, and I want to, like, experience all I can and make as many memories as I can.”

Amy is deeply committed to the MS movement and support of the Society’s efforts to help people with MS live their best lives while we strive to end MS forever. Most recently, she and her director, friend Judd Apatow helped to raise over $176,000 through the TRAINWRECK Comedy Tour event held in New York City. She continues to leverage the promotion of the film with the help of Universal Trainwreck and to raise funds to support the Society, a site where fans gathered to donate for a chance to win a VIP experience that includes two tickets to the New York Premiere.

Amy, a New York City resident, has also become an Honorary Board Member of the New York City-Southern New York Chapter.

Learn more about how MS has influenced Amy Schumer’s life and career at:

Do you have a parent with MS? Join the conversation by sharing your thoughts, experiences, photos and videos on social media using the hashtag #WhenYourParentHasMS.

About Multiple Sclerosis

Multiple sclerosis is an unpredictable, often disabling disease of the central nervous system. Symptoms range from numbness and tingling to blindness and paralysis, and there is currently no cure for MS. The progress, severity and specific symptoms of MS in any one person cannot yet be predicted, but advances in research and treatment are leading to better understanding and moving us closer to a world free of MS. An estimated 1 million people live with MS in the United States. Most people with MS are diagnosed between the ages of 20 and 50, and it affects women three times more than men.


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