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Montel Williams

January 3, 2010

http://www.nytix.com/repository/tvshows/Montel/montelPic1.jpgBeing that Montel Willams is both a survivor of Multiple Sclerosis and a Champion for the cause of Medical Marijuana it seems only fitting that I choose him to write about for this my FIRST BTA entry. Whith a choice between Poetry or Synopsis I am choosing to provide a short summery of Montel because a poem I do not feel would capture the wide array of all this man is to me and has become to the world.

Montel William is an Author, Talk Show Host, Medical Marijuana Lobbyist, Multiple Sclerosis Victor, and more. He's launched a new online program that's designed to help you reach your goals and transform your life. It is based on his new book, Living Well. Montel also continues to have a very successful television career.

Last December, Williams traveled to the Middle East to see first-hand how the troops were coping during the holiday season. Just after the Virginia Tech shooting, he interviewed a former high-school classmate of Cho Seung Hui. He has also conducted interviews in federal prisons, at the scene of Ground Zero after 9/11, and throughout the Gulf Coast after Hurricane Katrina.

Prior to hosting his own television show, Montel was a special-duty intelligence officer in the navy, specializing in cryptology. A graduate of the Naval Academy, he received a number of military awards and citations during his naval career. Before attending the Academy, he enlisted in the Marine Corps after graduating from a Baltimore, Maryland-area high school.

One of Montel's key beliefs is that "success is determined by what you give back to others," which is why he has worked actively with a variety of charitable organizations throughout the years.

In 1999, Montel announced his diagnosis with MS, a potentially debilitating autoimmune disease that affects the brain and spinal cord. To raise both awareness and funds for MS research, he created the Montel Williams MS Foundation.

In 2006 Montel became National Spokesperson for the Partnership for Prescription Assistance, a major industry campaign to extend prescription drug help to all Americans.

Montel has four children, ages 12 through 23, and resides in New York City. He is an avid snowboarder, who finds the sport challenging and therapeutic, relieving some of the neuralgic pain in his legs. He married Tara Fowler in October 2007.

(Blog Taken from My MySpace Postings)

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