More MS news articles for August 2001

Peoria, Ill. to Honor Richard Pryor

Wednesday August 1 6:37 AM ET

PEORIA, Ill. (AP) - A Peoria multiple sclerosis group is finishing plans to honor comedian Richard Pryor, a Peoria native, with a comedy festival and a luncheon in the city.

Promoter Marc Porch is working with the city's chapter of the National Multiple Sclerosis Society to organize the events. Pryor, 60, was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis in 1986.

"Richard probably won't be there. But he will be there. He will be there in voice and in video," Porch said.

Besides recognizing Pryor, the events also will teach people about multiple sclerosis, a central nervous system disorder that affects more than 350,000 Americans.

The multiple sclerosis luncheon is set for Sept. 14 at the Bradley University Student Center. The Midwest Comedy Festival will be Sept. 29 at the Bradley University Memorial Fieldhouse.

A portion of the proceeds from ticket sales will benefit the Greater Illinois chapter of the National Multiple Sclerosis Society.

Pryor announced in 1991 that he has multiple sclerosis and now spends most of his time at home in California.

The Peoria City Council has approved preliminary plans to rename after Pryor a seven-block stretch of road in the neighborhood where he grew up.