LOS ANGELES, March 18, 2015 /PRNewswire/ -- Bodybuilder, television producer, & philanthropist David Lyons wants you to know he has MS and he is not going to let this serious autoimmune disease hold him down. Founder of the MS Fitness Challenge and an inspiration to the millions of people suffering from MS and other debilitating illnesses, David Lyons is a living testament to the power of mind over body.
On March 6, 2015 at the Arnold Fitness Expo in Columbus, Ohio, fitness enthusiasts and the national community of bodybuilders and athletes applauded Lyons' accomplishments against all odds. For the first time ever, the greatest body builder of all time, Arnold Schwarzenegger, gave Lyons a special "health advocate" award for his accomplishments as a bodybuilder with multiple sclerosis. When the former seven-time Mr. Olympia learned of how Lyons is dealing with MS, and inspiring others who suffer from this disease, Schwarzenegger decided it was high time to honor Lyons' accomplishments.
"When I was first diagnosed with MS, I could not listen to the doctors telling me I had to take it easy. My gut told me I had to move and I had to continue my training and push on even though I was lying in a hospital bed numb from the chest down. I knew my story could inspire others not to "give up but rather to GET UP," explains Lyons who is the founder of the MS Fitness Challenge, along with his wife, registered nurse, Kendra Lyons. The MS Fitness Challenge is a not-for-profit organization dedicated to helping people fight this debilitating disease through health and fitness.
"I am so deeply honored to have received this award from Arnold Schwarzenegger who is truly one of my heroes. I am very grateful to my dear friend Michael Torchia, and Arnold's girlfriend Heather Milligan, for making this important MS awareness opportunity happen. My sincere hope is that people will generously donate to our charity, the MS Fitness Challenge, so that we can continue our good work educating, training and inspiring people not to give up, but to fight this devastating disease head on and beat it once and for all," said Lyons. "March may be MS Awareness Month but for me and all the other people with MS, every day is MS Awareness Day."
To further expand the reach of his cause, Lyons has partnered with the American Fitness Professionals and Associates (AFPA) to launch the MS Fitness and Wellness Specialist certification this summer. This specific course is for fitness trainers nationwide to be educated and trained on how to work with the special needs of people with MS on their exercise program.
About the MS Fitness Challenge: MSFC implements the support people with MS need to stay as fit as possible, overcome limits and keep their bodies moving. Help us help those with MS to beat this disease through health & fitness and combat its devastating effects on the body. We are a 501(c) (3) not-for-profit organization and 100% of all donations go to the cost of the MS Fitness Challenge program helping people with MS achieve their fitness goals.