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Over 1600 people walked around the University of Toledo Sunday to raise money for multiple sclerosis in the annual Toledo Walk MS.

They raised over $180,000 for the Ohio Buckeye Chapter with the help of an entertainment celebrity.

You may remember the Osmond family as a 70's band with a sweetharmony. Some are also known for having multiple sclerosis. The oldest, Alan Osmond and his son David, both struggle with MS.

"Uncle Donny, Aunt Marie, that whole song and dance and I grew up around a show biz family, not knowing any different," he says.

David performed in Toledo for the annual Toledo MS Walk at the University of Toledo to share some hope. David says he remembers as a child, his dad had to walk away from performing because of MS. Then, David was diagnosed ten years ago.

"From the chest down, I was unable to move, even move my toes. My eyesight was diminished, music was done and I was diagnosed with relapsing multiple sclerosis. A different form than my dad had. He had what's called primer progressive."

According to the National MS Society, there are over 20,000 people across Ohio with MS and over 22,000 across Michigan that we know of. Some of the most recent research is on nerve regeneration, so some of the people suffering can celebrate the successes. MS can strike men and women between 20-50 years old, and doctors say more advances have been made in the last 5 years, than there have been in last 100 years.

"My first response was, now its not MS. You've got it wrong, because in my mind, I was ignorant. I thought, how could I be worse off in a matter of months, than my dad has been in decades."

David continues, "I still live with crushing pain throughout my whole body, its not as bad as it was, at the onset of the disease, my eyesight is back and i can see pretty good, my hands move again, i can play my guitar, but I have a lot of fatigue, i have a lot of balance issues sometimes. on stage."

Jennifer Hamilton, Vice President of the Ohio Buckeye Chapter of the National MS Society says, "We're lucky in Ohio that we have a lot of ms research happening in our state, so the money that people raise comes back to Ohio in the form of research grants."

"Pain for all of us is inevitable, but suffering is optional. I believe that because I see it in beautiful examples everyday," says David. "And where much is given, much is required."

He says each person is like a snowflake, and the symptoms can also vary, making it tough to diagnose. He wrote a song called "I Can Do This" inspired by his life with MS. He says he changes his routine to accommodate his symptoms.

"Its not the disease that gets you down, its the lack of hope. And there's a lot of hope to be had, and now that I'm back doing my music, there's a lot to sing about. I still have MS. But it doesn't have me."

The next big fund raising event for the Ohio Buckeye Chapter of the National MS Society is the Bike to the Bay in June. If you would like to get a free download of David Osmond's song, "I Can Do This," go to www.ourvoiceinsong.com.

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