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Wed July 2, 2014

UCO Professor Featured In PBS documentary

The story of UCO professor of music Jim Klages’ battle with MS, “Healed: Music, Medicine and Life with MS,” will broadcast at 9 p.m. July 8 on OETA. Pictured here in 1986 during his time in “The President's Own” United States Marine Band, Klages’ USMC career was cut short after his 1989 diagnosis with MS, but chiropractic care has restored his ability to play the instruments he loves.
Credit University of Central Oklahoma

A University of Central Oklahoma music professor's struggle with multiple sclerosis will be featured in a PBS documentary airing next week.

The documentary on Jim Klages, "Healed: Music, Medicine and Life with MS," airs at 9pm on July 8 on OETA.

The film tells the story of Klages — an accomplished musician and cornet soloist for the United States Marine Band— who was slated to perform at former President George H.W. Bush's inauguration in 1989.

But Klages woke up that morning to an unusual, unshakeable tingling in his left arm which led to a diagnosis of multiple sclerosis, the autoimmune disease that affects the brain and spinal cord.

The film documents Klages' illness, love of music and path toward recovery. As Klages’ story is shared widely this summer and into next year on PBS stations throughout the country, he hopes that his story of hope will resonate with those who watch it.

I want to encourage people facing things that seem impossible. We’re not abandoned in those times. I want to give hope — that was my thought from day one,” Klages said.