March 6, 2008 - Clay Walker received the Country Radio Broadcasters' annual Humanitarian Award yesterday during the first round of events at the Country Radio Seminar in Nashville.
Presented to Clay by former Humanitarian honoree Charlie Daniels, the recognition came in large part for Clay's work on behalf of multiple sclerosis, a condition he was diagnosed with in April 1996. Clay's M.S. is currently in remission, but he has become a leading spokesman for the cause. He also created a charity organization, Band Against M.S., which has made large donations to hospitals in Houston, Nashville and Memphis.
"This great and awesome struggle with multiple sclerosis has given me a new perspective on what's important in life," Clay told the radio executives at the Nashville Renaissance Hotel. "The hits are great, but it's [really about] what you do with 'em."
Clay also announced to the crowd that his wife, Jessica, is pregnant. "We'll find out who the father is," he joked.
The CRB Humanitarian Award has been given to such artists as Reba McEntire, Garth Brooks, Alabama, Toby Keith and Brooks & Dunn since its inception in 1990.
In addition to Clay, humanitarian honors were presented to three radio stations: KYGO in Denver, WIVK in Knoxville and WFLS in Fredericksburg, Va.