More MS news articles for Sep 2001

David Lander Has a Simple Request

Updated: Thu, Sep 27 1:00 AM EDT
PHOENIX (AP) - David Lander has one simple request - at least get the name of his disease right.

Lander, best known for playing Squiggy on the 1976-83 TV sitcom "Laverne & Shirley," has been battling multiple sclerosis for the past 18 years.

"Even Michael J. Fox calls it `muscular sclerosis,"' said Lander, who hid his illness until 1999 for fear that Hollywood would reject him.

Lander, 54, said he has a mild form of the disease, which attacks the central nervous system.

He gives himself a weekly drug injection and is annoyed with those who focus on a cure for MS at the expense of treatment.

"One of the great lies is the constant thing for (finding) the cure," Lander told The Arizona Republic in Wednesday's editions. "What cures mine might not necessarily cure someone else's."

Lander is in Phoenix this week for two appearances on behalf of the National Multiple Sclerosis Society's Desert Southwest chapter, including an appearance at an Arizona Diamondbacks game.

It's no coincidence for Lander, an avid baseball fan and a former scout who works part-time for the Anaheim Angels organization.

"I try to wrangle as many games out of my disease as possible," he said with a laugh.

© 2001 Associated Press