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    Tue, 08 Oct 2013 15:05:12

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    This year, country singer Clay Walker, founder of Band Against MS (BAMS), and a multi-platinum recording artist, has been selected as Can Do MS's 2013 Can Do Award Recipient and Honoree.

    This fall marks Can Do MS's 28th Annual Autumn Benefit in New York City at the Metropolitan Club (One East 60th Street, New York, NY 10022). It takes place on Thursday, October 24, 2013.

    Can Do MS's most elegant fundraising gala is devoted to celebrating the legacy of organizational founder and Olympic medalist skier, Jimmie Heuga, by honoring an individual in the community who demonstrates the can do spirit and who has made a significant contribution to improving the lives of others with multiple sclerosis (MS). This year, that's Clay Walker!

    Off the stage and outside of the studio, Clay, an MS sufferer, is the founder of Band Against MS (BAMS), a non-profit charity that funds MS research and education. Walker established BAMS in 2003 with the goal of helping others living with the same disease he has battled since 1996. To date, BAMS has raised more than $2 million.

    He is currently the host of TROPHY HUNTERS TV on the Outdoor Channel.

    In April, he released his first self-penned book entitled Jesus Was a Country Boy (Howard Books/Simon & Schuster). In the book, Clay shares some of the struggles he's gone through, which includes, among other things, being diagnosed with MS at 26-years-old, and how his strong faith got him through everything.

    "We are honored and excited to present Clay with our 2013 Can Do Award," said Heidi A. Heltzel, President and CEO, Can Do MS. "Clay's charisma, personality and charitable work with the Band Against MS charity makes him the perfect recipient of our Can Do Award. BAMS provides hope for those living with MS and educates them on the importance of managing their disease, which aligns with Can Do MS's mission to provide lifestyle empowerment programs to families living with MS and improve their quality of life. We look forward to working with Clay in creating awareness for MS and providing more free programming from funds raised at our Annual Autumn Benefit."

    "Receiving the Can Do Award is an honor, especially from an organization that continues to renew hope for people living with MS," said Clay. "I believe you can live a healthy and active life with MS by focusing on what you can do. I hope our combined efforts will inspire others to live their best life possible with MS."

    Congrats, Clay.

    What can you do to support Clay Walker's efforts? Visit Can Do MS to learn more!

    —Maggie Pannacione

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