Social Worker, Activist & Author
Maryum Ali, affectionately known as May May, was born and raised in Chicago, Illinois and is the eldest child of boxing legend Muhammad Ali’s nine children. As a little girl, her father asked her what she thought her purpose in life was and she replied, “I want to help people.” Maryum’s efforts to help people have manifested in a myriad of ways throughout her life. Read More >
Muhammad Ali Memorial
Muhammad Ali was in his late thirties when he and his family began to notice some symptoms of Parkinson's disease. Being only in his thirties, doctors thought it was just the normal "punch drunkenness" that a lot of boxers get. As a result, her father was misdiagnosed for almost 10 years. Read More >
An advocate for more research on Parkinson's, Ali tells a very personal story about the journey her father and family have been on for the last 30 years, beginning with his symptoms in the early days to his eventual diagnosis. Since symptoms vary, Ali talks about how Parkinson's affects a family, and educates audiences about the importance of seeing the right doctors when you know something doesn't feel right and the things you can do to live as normal of a life as possible, if diagnosed. Read Less ^
"Everything was fantastic. She did a great job and was very well received!"
"We received such positive feedback about Maryum, she was a pleasure to have join us this year. Our committee loved having time with her at dinner, and the presentation at the event was lovely!"