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Country Music Star Clay Walker Kicks Off 'MS Road Tour'

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Monday February 23
Source: Teva Neuroscience
PRNewswire

Country music recording star Clay Walker today announced plans to share his unique message of hope and inspiration about his personal experience with multiple sclerosis (MS) with thousands of others living with MS through a multi-city, nationwide MS Road Tour.

Walker will make numerous stops around the country where he will speak at MS patient programs, participate in fundraisers for MS research, and appear at other MS-related functions. The MS Road Tour will be in addition to Walker's national concert tour where he will be promoting his newest album on RCA Records, A Few Questions, and his latest single.

Besides successfully launching his seventh studio album last year, Walker revealed for the first time publicly his eight-year journey with relapsing-remitting MS and made it his mission to help others living with the disease. He has connected with individuals living with MS by speaking at educational seminars, addressing members of Congress about new legislation to address the needs of those living with MS, completed TV and radio public service announcements (PSAs) to support the MS cause, as well as helping to raise funds to end the devastating effects of MS. Through his year-long outreach, Walker has shared his personal story with millions of people, providing inspiration to all.

Walker's emerging status as a leader within the MS community recently was recognized by the National Multiple Sclerosis Society (NMSS) which presented him its most prestigious award -- Ambassador of the Year -- for his work to educate people about the importance of taking an active role in managing their MS. Walker became only the fourth person in the society's 57-year history to receive this distinction and was inspired to take his outreach a step further by bringing his story on the road with him.

"I've seen what a huge impact I can have on the MS community and want to continue to use whatever influence I have to help make a difference," Walker said. "I was worried when I was diagnosed. No one could tell me whether I would still be able to perform or play with my children. It has been eight years now and I can still do all of those things."

With the successful launch of his not-for-profit Band Against MS(SM) Foundation last February, Walker became a champion to the MS community. Just recently, the Band Against MS(SM) Foundation gave its first annual research grant to the University of Texas Medical School in Houston. Walker's Foundation plans to present a grant to a leading medical institution each year to be used for research into a cure for MS.

"I feel fortunate that I've been able to manage my MS with such success, which has allowed me to continue the career I love. I owe this to the research that developed the drug therapy I take every day and the diet and lifestyle changes I've made," Walker said. "Through the MS Road Tour, I want to not only raise awareness and funding for research, but also inspire others to realize this diagnosis does not mean you have to give up your dreams."

Since he began his career in 1993, Walker has had 11 No. 1 singles and has been one of country music's top-10 grossing touring acts. In September, he released A Few Questions with a career best debut of No. 3 on the country music charts. His first album under record label RCA Records, this release adds to the more than eight million albums he has sold.

More information about Walker and his 2004 concert touring schedule is available at www.claywalker.com
 

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