Alan and David Osmond – Like Father, Like Son with MS

Allen OsmondLike father, like son rings true in the Osmond family as both Allen and his son David have been diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis.

“I have a motto I live by – you have to be TUFF,” says Alan. “It stands for: Target what you need to do; Understand everything you can about the challenge in front of you; Focus on how to live with or beat that challenge; Fight, Fight, Fight – you have to have the drive and desire to keep living and keep fighting for yourself and those around you.”

Alan Osmond was a member of the Famous Osmond Family who traveled singing and performing around the globe. He is a devout member of ‘The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints’ also known as Mormons.

In the year 2000 Alan received the Dorothy Corwin Award from the National Multiple Sclerosis Society. His son, is one of 8 brothers, has also been diagnosed with MS.

David is Alan’s 4th son and became a part of ‘The Osmond’s 2nd Generation” signed by Mike Curb for a recording contract. They have had incredible success, and have performed in sold out arenas throughout Europe, Asia and the U.S.

More recentlyDavid Osmond David’s uncles opened the Osmond Family Theater in Branson, Missouri. David was a featured performer there. Donny Osmond starred in Andrew Lloyd Weber’s Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dream Coat, and David was selected to be his understudy. After Donny stepped down, David replaced Donny and performed in that lead role for many years.

Along with their many successes, Alan and David have also had their fair share of challenges. Alan was diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis in 1987, he was in his late 30’s. His first symptoms were lack of mobility in his legs, and inability to play his trumpet as he had in the past. It took 3 years of doctor visits before he was finally diagnosed.

Because of his diagnosis and symptoms he retired early from his musical career with the Osmonds. In 2005, David was also diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis and temporarily put his career on hold. He was in a wheelchair months after being diagnosed. He received doses of powerful steroid shots that helped him get moving again.

David, is currently walking and is working closely with his neurologist while implementing a rigorous diet plan. He stated that his holistic approach is not for everyone yet it is working very well for him so far. When asked about MS David states, “It is one of the greatest things that has ever happened to me because it has given me a perspective on life that I wouldn’t have otherwise.” David has often leaned on his father for strength.

Alan is famous for stating, “I may have MS, but MS does not have me” Alan also declares a message of hope, “You can do it! You can survive.”

David continues to raise awareness of Multiple Sclerosis by speaking and performing throughout the nation. He shares a positive message about overcoming adversity as he travels. He has experienced much success during his career. He was chosen to host a competition show produced by BYU Television called “STARBIZ”. This show benefited numerous Non-Profit Charities.

He made it to American Idol in 2009 but left the show due to laryngitis. He also reprized the role of Joseph at Pittsburgh Civic Light Opera and has performed alongside many famous up-and-coming artists. He is married to the former Valerie McClain and has two daughters named Saffron and Azalea. He has stated his family is what brings him true joy.
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