JLS singer hopes to find MS cure

JLS singer hopes to find MS cure
JLS singer hopes to find MS cure

Oritse Williams from JLS has said he will use the money he makes from the band to fund multiple sclerosis research.

The 22-year-old's mother Sonia was diagnosed with the disease when he was a teenager.

The X Factor runner-up told the Daily Express: "When I was 16 my brother and I began researching the internet to try to find a cure for MS.

"We put a plan together - my brother would become a scientist and I would go into the music business and try to make lots of money. That way we'd have both the means and the ability to find a cure.

"We're determined to see our plan through. It's one reason I'm passionate and determined about making JLS a success. My brother is studying biomedical science at Westminster University."

The singer's 51-year-old mother was originally told she had relapsing-remitting MS, but when Oritse reached the age of 14 this developed into the more severe secondary progressive MS.

He added: "Since then she has grown steadily worse and has become more disabled. There have been scary moments.

"Just before The X Factor last year, I found her collapsed in the bath. I had to lift her out but if I hadn't been around things could have been very serious.

"She has had to start using a walking stick and a frame but she's an independent woman and doesn't use a wheelchair.

"Still, she recently got a fold-up wheelchair for when walking gets too hard and some days are better than others."

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