Swamp Talk: Hopping 4 A Cure and 5 Celebrities with Multiple Sclerosis

By Kendrick Brown

The Entrepreneurship Club at the University of Florida will be sponsoring a hopscotch tournament fundraiser this Sunday with “Hopping 4 A Cure,” a nonprofit organization that raises money for “college scholarships, caregiver support, and alternative medical research.”

Hopping 4 A Cure was established by David Nassau, a sophomore marketing major from Carol Springs, Fla.  Nassau started the project two years ago as he was finishing high school.The organization’s primary goal is to raise money for multiple sclerosis research.

For more information on the event, check out the Hopping 4 A Cure Facebook page.

According to the National Multiple Sclerosis Society’s website, more than 2.3 million people are affected by MS worldwide. Here is a list of five celebrities who have been diagnosed with the disease.

1. Montel Williams
The former talk show host was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis in 1999. He has since become one of the loudest advocates for research and awareness. He’s also become just as famous for his advocacy of marijuana’s medical use for multiple sclerosis.

2. Richard Pryor
The late, great comedian was diagnosed with MS in 1986 and admitted so publicly in 1991. While speaking on the disease and its virtual requirement that he quit drugs, he said, “God gave me this M.S. shit to save my life.”

3. Jack Osbourne
Osbourne has the unfortunate luck of not being average, and I’m not just talking about his celebrity childhood. Most multiple sclerosis patients are diagnosed at age 37. Osbourne was 26.

4. Alan Osmond
The business mind behind the musically legendary Osmond family, Alan was diagnosed with the disease in the 1980s and forced to stop performing. Children of multiple sclerosis patients have a higher risk of developing the disease, and in 2006, Alan’s son David was diagnosed.

5. Josh Harding
This goaltender for the Minnesota Wild hockey team proved how strong someone with multiple sclerosis could be when he put on an award winning performance in an important playoff game last May. Despite the fact that his team lost that game, he was awarded the Bill Masterton Memorial Trophy, which recognizes the player who best represents “the qualities of perseverance, sportsmanship, and dedication to ice hockey.”

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