Founder of Band Against MS and Country Music Star.
Clay Walker first topped the Billboard country singles chart in 1993 with “What’s It to You” and followed with his second consecutive No. 1 hit, “Live Until I Die.” Since then he’s placed 31 titles on Billboard’s singles chart. He’s scored four platinum-selling albums, signifying sales of a million units, and two gold albums, discs that sold over 500,0000 units.
Clay Walker was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis in 1996 at the peak of his musical career. “If you’d asked me when I was diagnosed that first day if I would still be alive, I would have said ‘No’ because that’s what the doctor’s said,” he admits. “Here I am, and actually I’m probably healthier than I was [when I was diagnosed.]” Clay set his mind to overcome the obstacles MS set before him. Since them, he has founded Band Against MS (BAMS) to fight the disease and has raised upwards of $2,000,000 for the cause.
2013 Clay Walker, Founder of Band Against MS and Country Music Star
2012 Pat Kennedy, Nurse Educator & Programs Consultant, Can Do MS & President, International Organization of MS Nurses
2011 Joyce Nelson, President and Chief Executive Officer Emeritus of the National Multiple Sclerosis Society
2010 June Halper, MSN, ANP, FAAN
2009 Brenda Snow
2008 Randall T. Schapiro, M.D.
2007 The Multiple Sclerosis Coalition
2006 Teri Garr
2005 Richard Cohen and Meredith Vieira
2004 Walter Fischer
2003 Billy Kidd
2002 David Dana
2001 Jean Claude Killy
2000 Bruce Hallett
1999 Roland Puton
1998 Tom Brokaw
1997 Bob Beattie
1996 Don Elliman
1995 The 1985 Alyeska Olympians: Paul Crews, Stein Eriksen, Leif Grevle, Mike Halstead, Jan Helén, Billy Kidd, Jean Claude Killy, Steve Lathrop, Phil Mahre, Bernhard Russi
1994 Jean Claude Killy
1993 Tommy John
1992 Greg LeMond
1991 Crown Royal Achievement Award: Scott Hamilton, Wilma Rudolph, Rocky Bleier, Jeff Blatnick, Tommy John, Gayle Sayers
1990 The Honorable Jack Kemp
1989 Chris Evert and Andy Mill
1988 Jimmie Heuga and Billy Kidd
Launched by Debbie Dana Heuga and David Dana in 1985, Annual Autumn Benefit celebrates the legacy of organizational founder 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 MS.