Clay Walker Battles Multiple Sclerosis with ‘Give MS the Boot’ Event that Raises More Than $200,000

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Multi-platinum country artist Clay Walker has battled Multiple Sclerosis for 15 years – and all along the way the singer has worked hard to improve the lives of others diagnosed with the disease. He did it again recently with his third annual "Give MS the Boot" event.

Held at the Bayou City Event Center in Houston, Texas, on Sept. 26, the Give MS the Boot dinner and concert, with 300 attendees, raised more than $200,000 for his nonprofit, Band Against MS, which promotes education about and research of the debilitating illness.

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"I was diagnosed with MS in 1996, and I have been in remission for 15 years, due in part to eating healthy, exercising, treatment and my relationship with my neurologist, but the struggle continues daily for many people with the disease," the singer-songwriter declares, reports The Boot.

Walker performed new music and his top hits after dinner, as well as spoke candidly about his life with Multiple Sclerosis, according to the Houston Chronicle. The following day Walker hosted an open forum during which 160 people had the chance to speak with researchers and hear the musician's personal story.

Walker made his debut in 1993 with the single "What's It to You", which reached No.1 on the "Billboard" charts. He has charted 30 country singles, including six chart-toppers, including "Live Until I Die", "Dreaming with My Eyes Open", "If I Could Make a Living", "This Woman and This Man" and "Rumor Has It". His most recent album, "She Won't Be Lonely Long," was released in mid-2010.

Walker says he is getting ready to release a new set of tunes, while performing shows all over the country.